From Document Unshredders To Bionic Ears: Our Top Five Cool Tools For 2017

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From tiny ear buds that allow you to isolate and perfectly hear the conversation at the table across the restaurant from you to an unshredding program that will reconstruct the ripped up evidence letter, 2017 promises to be a banner year for those in need of these type of cool tools.

Below is our selection of the top five cool tools for 2017:

1. Bionic Earbuds For People Who Can Hear: Here (Bionic Ear)

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At first, the idea of a hearing aid for people who can already hear just fine seems ridiculous — but if you entertain it for a second, it starts to make a bit more sense. Imagine what it would be like if, with the help of technology, you could make your already good hearing better. What if you could filter out certain noises and amplify other ones to customize what you can hear? Well, if NY-based startup Doppler Labs has its way, you might soon be able to.Doppler’s product, which it showed off this year at CES, is called Here. It’s essentially a set of earbuds that gives you the ability to selectively filter and amplify sounds from the world around you in real time, thereby allowing you to fine-tune your hearing for certain environments. If properly adjusted, this little gizmo (which its creators refer to as the world’s first “hearable tech” device) could help you do things like hear your dining partner better in a crowded restaurant, understand your friends at loud concerts without them screaming in your ear, or even eavesdrop on people from the other side of a room. 

2. Non-Invasive Alcohol Testing Sensor:  Tru Touch Technology

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The TruTouch networked, self-calibrating, biometric alcohol sensor is designed for unattended “At the Gate” detection of the alcohol impaired before they can enter a worksite.

The technology: We humans are made up of hundreds of organic chemical compounds that are naturally present in all of us. Alcohol isn’t one of them. Using infrared light the TT2500 machine (shaped like a portable ATM) detects alcohol out of all of the other chemicals that make up the skin of the person touching the sensor and measures the exact amount of the alcohol that isn’t supposed to be there.

The Tru Touch Dermal Sensor is an awesome tool in such fields as transportation, law enforcement and community rehabilitation programs.

3. Completely Anonymous Browsing: The TOR browser.

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The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.

Tor Browser lets you use Tor on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux without needing to install any software. It can run off a USB flash drive, comes with a pre-configured web browser to protect your anonymity, and is self-contained (portable).

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Unshredder –  Overview

Unshredder is a simple program that unleashes the power of a desktop computer to reduce the time consumed by investigators reconstructing shredded documentary evidence.

Until now the only alternative to manual processing was to engage a third party to process the work on computers at their premises. By comparison to external processing of the evidence Unshredder reduces the turnaround time, keeps full control of the investigation in-house and there is less risk of a security risk or loss of the evidence.

 The original shreds remain unchanged from the process and the integrity of the original is captured electronically to be printed or dispatched electronically by wire or disc.

Learning to use Unshredder is straight forward for anyone with basic computer skills, the menu is used to select an action and user input when required is entered into a dialogue box. The user interface uses a menu system and common controls to provide an intuitive application that completes work with minimal input from the user.

During document reconstruction the job can be previewed allowing minor adjustments to be made until the end result meets the standard required. When satisfied with the results the job is saved to disk ready to be printed, emailed or copied for future reference. Unshredder can reconstruct a broad range of documents including strip-shred, cross-shred and torn pages rapidly achieving accurate professional

5. Temporary Disposable Email Addresses

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Avoid spam, email anonymously and stay safe by using a disposable email address generated by guerrillamail.com.

We hope you will all be responsible and not get yourselves jammed up with law enforcement.  Be aware of, and stay current on the local and federal privacy laws.

Enjoy a happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous 2017!

BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.

As always, stay safe.

Top 5 Spy Tools for Fall 2016, Including an Unshredder!

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1. Unshredder

Just because you’ve spent an hour shredding important documents doesn’t mean that those shredded pieces of paper can’t be put back together again. Unshredder, dubbed the first commercial document reconstruction tool in the world, is a computer program capable of reconstructing documents that have been strip-shred and cross-shred, and documents with torn pages. Instead of aligning each little shredded piece by hand, this Windows-based application automates the reassembly of documents through four simple steps: collate, segmentation, reconstruction, and report. The finished results can then be printed, e-mailed, or copied. Used by government agencies, police departments, lawyers, private investigators, and security agents, Unshredder is available with a monthly license for $90 or a yearly license starting at $950.

2. Motokata Bionic Ear Hearing Amplifier

Wish you could hear the conversation between your boss and the CEO? The Motokata Bionic Ear-Hearing Amplifier uses sound-magnification technology that lets you hear any conversation clearly and distinctly up to 20 feet away. Weighing around an ounce, it amplifies sounds up to 50 decibels and can be easily attached to your shirt pocket or belt. Attach the amplifier to the included stereo earphones to hear spoken words and control the volume. Approx. $49.95.

3. Jakks Pacific EyeClops Night Vision

For the nocturnal spy, Jakks Pacific’s EyeClops Night Vision goggles ($79.99) will let you see objects in total darkness. Gearlog’s Brian Bennett tested the device in a dark room, and he was able to see people and objects pretty clearly. A knob on the right side activates an LED light, letting you see further into the dark. If the green-colored night vision starts giving you a headache, there’s even a switch on the bottom of the right eye piece that toggles your view from green to black and white.
4. Computer Mouse Transmitter
Be careful what you say around this computer mouse. The Computer Mouse Transmitterhouses an ultra-mini microphone and transmitter circuit, which can pick up sounds from up to approximately 32 feet away. For the rich spy, this sneaky mouse sells for upwards of $1,200.o0.
5. Vehicle Safeguard Video Recording Camera
How many times have you been driving on the road, only to witness someone running a red light or pulling right out in front of you? Catch bad drivers red-handed with the Vehicle Safeguard Video Recording Camera ($49.95). Attach the cradle to your vehicle’s dashboard and place the recording unit inside the cradle. Set the recording angle in any direction you’d like, and insert an SD card up to 2GB of capacity to store the recordings. The camera measures 18.25 by 6.12 by 2.25 inches, weighs one pound, and operates on four AAA batteries.
Well, summer is almost over so it’s time to get serious about our spy tools again! (Just make sure you are familira with local governing laws and then, have at it!
BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.
As always, stay safe.

How To Turn Your SmartPhone Into The Ultimate Audio Spy Tool

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You don’t need to be Q to order up James Bond’s fancy spy gadgets to have enhance audio capability… you can simply reach into your pocket and pull out your smartphone.  Today’s technology has provided us with multiple spy tools in one relatively small everyday item (cell phone), such gadgetry previously only available in specialized separate devices. Below is a list of apps and peripherals available for you to use on your smartphone on your next covert assignment (or overt deposition recording – just make sure you get permission!):

Audio Recorder

Eavesdropping used to mean carrying around an audio recorder.  Although all smartphones come with a sound recorder, the quality can vary greatly from phone to phone and the time restrictions can be annoying. Talk-a-Tape Audio Recorder  “is an audio & voice recorder for easy recording. No time limit for recordings of your interviews, performances, notes, songs and more. Tape-a-Talk picks up sound in high quality, even while the display is off”.

EarSpy

But maybe you can’t get close enough to your subject to eavesdrop? Put on some earbuds or headphones to ultimately disguise yourself as someone who is truly not paying attention to your mark and turn on EarSpy, an Android app that routes the audio from your phone’s mic straight to your headset—so you can hear everything around you while remaining that much more inconspicuous. Due to its enhanced audio pick-up capability,  it can become a high-powered listening device (like a hearing aid or a super Spy App).

SoundHawk

And if you don’t want to risk your smartphone but still need to get wireless ears on the target, SoundHawk is a smartphone-assisted hearing aid that comes with a wireless microphone you can leave nearby. The earpiece works in conjunction with the Soundhawk app which has a series of built-in settings for a number of different “sound scenes” like outdoors and tight indoor spaces. Once you’ve picked where you are, you dial in the best tuning for your ear using an intuitive touch and drag interface.

Just make sure you know the applicable law for your venue.

BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.

As always, stay safe.

Top Five Spy and GPS Gadgets for 2015-2016

We are augmenting our weekly Beacon Bulletin with this awesome list of spy gadgets from our friends at Brickhouse Security and Cheaters – from the TV show of the same name and KJB Security Products.  We highly recommend, however, that before even considering any surveillance, know your state’s laws on hidden recordings:  Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press and  the legal use of GPS tracking: lawyers.com.

Wall Adapter Spy CameraThe wall adapter fits in any room & the specialized camera can easily capture video of everything happening in front of it.  CHTRS.

 

Electrical Outlet Hidden CameraThis high-quality hidden camera is battery operated & would be appropriate for use in any scenario.  CHTRS.

 

Tracking Key Pro GPS LoggerLow-Cost Car Tracker Show You Everywhere The Car Went Records GPS location data every second Put on a vehicle, let it drive, and use a computer to see everywhere it was.  Precise accuracy within 2.5 meter of device.   Very small, portable design.   Powerful built-in magnet to place underneath a vehicle.   Runs on 2xAA batteries.  No monthly service charges.  BRICK.

 

iTrail GPS LoggerThis tiny GPS data logger is ideal as a covert personal GPS tracker. Hide it in a bag or car and retrieve it later for a full travel history.  Captures Location, Speed & Time.  Just Retrieve and Connect Device to Any Computer.  No Monthly GPS Monitoring Fees.  BRICK.

 

KJB Security Products Recover It USB Stick (Forensic Data Recovery)Search your smartphone or PC for over 25 types of files. See deleted emails, videos or pictures.  Save, view or delete chat logs.  Find hidden images by searching Internet cache files and deleted pictures.  Shred selected file/extension types permanently.  Search for chat logs or image files. KJB.

(The above gadgets are meant for personal use and are easy, user-friendly for the novice but capable enough for the professional.)

BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.

As always, stay safe.

 

DashCams, Amplifiers, Unshredders, etc. Our Five Favorite Spy Gadgets, Fall 2015.

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1.  Personal Video Recording DashCam

How many times have you been driving on the road, only to witness someone pulling right out in front of you? Or weaving in and out of traffic?  Catch bad drivers red-handed with the Vehicle Safeguard Video Recording Camera  (several brands carry this dashcam). Attach the cradle to your vehicle’s dashboard and place the recording unit inside the cradle. Set the recording angle in any direction of your choice and insert an SD card (up to 2GB capacity)  to store the recordings. The camera weighs one pound and operates on four AAA batteries. (Use discretion; playing Highway Patrol may just get the real cops on the scene.) 

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2. Sound Amplifier

So, what are the boss and the CEO discussing?  (Those of you with imaginations can interpret usage to suit your needs.) With the Motokata Bionic Ear-Hearing Amplifier sound-magnification technology,  you can hear any conversation clearly up to 20 feet away.  Effortlessly wearable due to its one ounce weight, the amplifier reaches up to approximately 50 decibels and can be easily attached to your shirt or jacket pocket or belt.  Attach the  amplifier to the included stereo earphones to comfortably hear spoken words and control the volume.

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3. Unshredder

(Bet you didn’t think we could beat the dashcam!) I leave it to our readers to determine why they might need documents unshredded but when necessary, Unshredder, said to be the first commercial document reconstruction tool in the world, is a computer program capable of reconstructing documents that have been strip-shred and cross-shred, and documents with torn pages. Instead of aligning each little shredded piece by hand, this Windows-based application automates the reassembly of documents through four simple steps: collate, segmentation, reconstruction, and report. The finished results can then be printed, e-mailed, or copied. Used by government agencies, police departments, lawyers, private investigators, and security agents, Unshredder is available with a monthly license for $90 or a yearly license starting at $950.

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4. Cell Phone Sim Card Spy

Has your loved one been acting a bit weird lately when he or she is on the phone? As our dedicated readers know, Brickhouse Security is our favorite spy shop and they’ve now come out with the  Cell Phone Sim Card Spy. This software and hardware solution allows you view, save, and edit files on a cell phone by removing the SIM card from the phone, placing it into the Cell Phone Spy reader, and connecting it to a USB port on any computer.  You’ll even be able to recover deleted files—including photos and text messages—and view them right on your computer. Just be prepared for the results.

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5. Vehicle Chaser

Ok, YOU can’t have one (yet) but it’s nice to know that the new vehicular technology from StarChase. helps police prevent a dangerous live car chase.   StarChase developed is a system that is capable of aiming a laser at the back of a vehicle and firing a projectile that contains a GPS receiver, wireless transmitter, and battery. This, in turn, tracks a vehicle’s whereabouts. The data is then transmitted via secure Internet connection to a dispatch center. There are more than 100,000 high-speed pursuits in the U.S. every year according to the company, but StarChase is hoping to reduce that with this safer and more effective way to catch criminals.

If you don’t have a spy gadget swag closet, your life in incomplete.

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BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.

As always, stay safe.

2.  Computer Mouse Transmitter

Need to hear and record . The Computer Mouse Transmitter houses an ultra-mini microphone and transmitter circuit, which can pick up sounds from up to approximately 32 feet away. For the rich spy, this sneaky mouse sells for £575 ($1,128 USD) from UK-based SpyCatcherOnline.

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