GoDark Faraday Bag — Stopping 1984 In Its Tracks!

From hackers and phishers to overreaching big brothers and foreign actors, lots of people want your data. Enter the GoDark Faraday Bag.

Many of us might have read the book, 1984 which is a fictional work about the government taking complete control of…well, everything. Although anyone who believes such a thing could actually happen must be a total lunatic. Right? I mean, it’s not as if our social media and everything we do online is being monitored, stored, and sold… is it? Perhaps we might be a bit closer to 1984 than we think. Is it total fiction?

When my editor sent me a GoDark Faraday bag to review, I had mixed emotions. I’m not a tech geek, I’m a gun, knife, and tactics geek, so this project took me a bit out of my comfort zone.  Still, the idea interested me because I don’t like the idea of being spied on.

GoDark Faraday Bag
The GoDark faraday case is well made and sturdy and seems like it will hold up to a long time of being banged around. It is low-key and not eye-catching.

The GoDark Faraday Bag

What does it do?

When the mobile phone is inside this bag (it’s more like a case), signals to and from the phone are cut off. The bag prevents hacking and GEO location tracking by cutting off the signals from GPS and Cell Towers. We’ll talk more about this later.

Some folks believe that turning one’s phone off will cut off the signals, but this is not the case. You have to actually remove the battery to kill the signal. More and more, however, devices do not have removable batteries, so they are always “on.” The Faraday case turns the devices off by shielding incoming and outgoing signals.

Tech Specs

I’m not a tech nerd, so I have no idea what all of this really means, I’m simply regurgitating the information just in case you can actually decipher any of it (and if you can, you have my admiration!).

rear side of the GoDark Faraday Bag
The stitching on the case is well done and the shell is durable.

This case fully blocks all incoming/outgoing signals in frequencies between 600 MHz – 5 GHz.

  • CDMA, GSM, PHS, DCS, 3G, 4G, LTE.
  • WiFi (24. – 5GHz), Bluetooth (2.4 GHz) and GPS (1-2 GHz).
  • Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF)

Whew! My head is spinning just looking at all of that. I noticed that 5G is not listed (I believe the case was made prior to 5G existing). However, mine seems to stop it as well, so I think it’s good to go in that department. Upon checking the GoDark website, they do specify that the case blocks 5G signals.

How do you use it?

*Vehicle Security. If the user places his key fobs in this case, their signals cannot be intercepted. Why is that important? Because thieves can intercept those signals and enter and steal a user’s vehicle with the technology. Nowadays, cars have a central computer, which is locked with an electronic key. The key fobs to cars work using electro-magnetic signals that communicate with the vehicle. The Faraday bag prevents the intercepting devices that thieves use from interpreting that signal so they cannot figure out which radio waves to send to your car to steal it.

*Privacy. Many types of phones made now can be tracked even if they are turned off. Perhaps the user can envision instances in which he does not wish to be tracked or associated with a location, in which case, the case will block the signal. As well, many apps out there will ping the phone and the data is mined. Maybe you want to reduce the instances of this occurring. Putting it simply…sometimes, dammit, I just don’t feel like being watched!

What if there is an EMP?

Some people have mentioned that the case (and Faraday cases, in general) will protect against an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse). And this may be so. However, if an EMP hits and it happens to be from a nuclear device, I think my phone or key fob being fried is going to be the least of my worries. Presumably, the entire electrical grid would be down in such an instance, so a wide geographic area would likely be Royally Screwed. I’m not sure what saving my phone would do for me under those circumstances.

One source of an EMP could come from solar storms/flares on the sun. In such an event, it might be worth protecting personal electronics because the results of the EMP may not be spread over a huge geographic area. Power would be restored at some point, so having a phone or other devices protected could be beneficial in that instance.

Suggestions

Here is a partial list of some items that we might want to consider storing in a Faraday bag/case:

  • Tablets
  • Smart Watches
  • Mobile Cell Phones
  • Car Key Remotes
  • Credit Cards
  • USB Drives or other removable drives

These are just a few items, and tech-savvy readers will undoubtedly have more comprehensive lists. This is just to get you started thinking about some possibilities.

I tested my Faraday case by placing my phone in it and using another phone to attempt to locate it using a tracking app. The signal was shut down. Calling and texting the phone produced the same results, the phone could not be reached.

To be honest, the biggest selling point for my personal use is the privacy factor because being able to go somewhere and not leave an electronic footprint is attractive. I rarely would want to do so, but I enjoy being able to should I decide to go that route.

The GoDark Faraday Bag Itself

The GoDark Faraday bag that I’m reviewing is dark grey in color with a bright orange bungee-type cord to secure the top flap. It is also water and puncture-resistant and has some padding inside, so it offers some protection for your devices. The outer shell is constructed of 600D poly with a PU face coat and a TPU backing. It has a two-year warranty.

The Maximum Device Size listed for this case is a width of 3.25 inches and a height of 6.75 inches. The outer dimensions are 8.25 inches x 4.5 inches. It’s not huge but will accept a fairly large phone. My phone has a protective case on it and still fits into the faraday case.

Inside ofGoDark Faraday bag
GoDark’s faraday case has a wide mouth and will accept fairly large mobile phones, as well as other items.

GoDark advises to never use any phone with protruding cables because this will compromise the user’s privacy.

The GoDark Faraday Case
The case is generously sized. It also has a flap that folds over twice, offering water resistance and signal blocking. GoDark warns not to allow any wires to protrude, such as headphones or charging cables, because these could compromise the signal blocking capabilities of the case. The little bungee cord secures the flap.

Texture

It seems to be ruggedly made and sturdy, and I have confidence that this case will stand up to quite a bit of use. As mentioned, this is not a daily use item for me at this time. On the other hand, I really like having the option of making my phone signal “disappear” if I should choose to do so. In this day and age, if you express that, you might receive replies from people such as, “Why do you want to hide?” Which pretty much answers its own question. I might simply not want Big Brother staring over my shoulder.

A decade ago, anyone who said that the “fictional” book entitled 1984 would come to pass was looked upon as a lunatic, paranoid extremist who’d lost his mind. Nowadays…maybe not so much.

As of this writing, GoDark sells a two-pack of these bags for $89.95.

 

 

 

Jim Davis served in the PA Dept. of Corrections for 16 ½ years as a corrections officer in the State Correctional Institute at Graterford and later at SCI Phoenix. He served on the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), several of those years as a sniper, and also the Fire Emergency Response Team (FERT). For 25 years, he was a professional instructor, teaching topics including Defensive Tactics, Riot Control and Tactical Operations, Immediate Responder, and cognitive programs as an adjunct instructor at the DOC Training Academy. He was then promoted to the title of corrections counselor, where he ran a caseload and facilitated cognitive therapy classes to inmates. His total service time was close to 29 years. He was involved in many violent encounters on duty, including incidents of fatalities.

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