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OttoLock

OttoLock

The surprisingly robust OttoLock is mainly designed for cyclists, but it’s so light and easy to use you’ll be locking down other items with it as well. It weighs just 4oz (115g) but is harder to cut than cable locks, thanks to the layers of metal and Kevlar inside its plastic sleeve.

Teodoor Smart Door Lock

Teodoor Smart Door Lock

Teodoor can automatically open your door when your phone is near via Bluetooth as well as grant temporary access to other people. But unlike most of its competitors, Teodoor also lets you use your existing keys and turn your lock manually.

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Gryphon Router

Gryphon Router

An internet router for parents looking for an easy way to manage their family’s online activity. Gryphon comes with an app that lets you see everyone’s browsing history, allow access to websites  or turn off online access temporarily and more.

Nest Cam Outdoor

Nest Cam Outdoor

The weatherproof version of Nest’s security camera. Nest Cam Outdoor plugs into a socket, and in return it gives you 130º 1080p video at all times. It also has a microphone and speaker so you can interact (or scare away) with the folks onscreen using Nest’s app.

Should All Locks Have Keys?

Should All Locks Have Keys?

CGP Grey made two videos firmly arguing against any means, legal or otherwise, to defeat or circumvent digital encryption. As we rely more and more on digital storage and services, the outcome of this fight will affect not just us but also future generations as well.

Hexlox

Hexlox

A magnetic pin that blocks the cap of #4, #5 and #6 hex bolts, the ones commonly used to secure bicycle parts. Each pin is angled and so small that only the Hexlox key can take it out, and each order of pins only works with the key that comes with it.

LWT: Encryption

LWT: Encryption

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight breaks down Apple’s refusal to comply with the FBI’s request to unlock a terrorists’ iPhone, a potentially precedent-setting case that unfortunately pits consumers’ privacy against law enforcement.

Hack Attack

Hack Attack

“I am you right now, if I wanted to be.” Fusion writer Kevin Roose asked white hat hackers and computer security professionals to hack him. For common folk like us, the simplest of tricks – pretending to be someone or something else – is the one thing we should all look out for.

Netatmo Presence Security Camera

Netatmo Presence Security Camera

The Presence is an outdoor security camera and lamp. It can differentiate between people, vehicles, and animals, so you can filter its footage and app notifications. It has a 100º FOV, records in 1080p and also has a night vision mode. Drops Q3 2016.

BeON Home

BeON Home

BeON Home LED bulbs are standalone smart bulbs that help secure your home. Their removable modules can turn the bulbs on when your doorbell rings or your smoke detector comes on. They also have emergency batteries, and can learn your lighting schedule.

Burner Connections

Burner Connections

Burner is going beyond disposable phone numbers. The new free Burner Connections feature integrates web services with your phone. Save received photos to Dropbox, make an SMS bot with Evernote and more. Also, you can now renew a number for just $5 a month.

Pedal Lock

Pedal Lock

Not to be confused with the similarly named concept, the Pedal Lock is a bicycle pedal that has a built-in retractable stainless steel cable with a three-digit lock. It also has a motion-activated 120dB alarm. The final version will be water- and dirt-resistant.

Confide Messenger

Confide Messenger

A free messaging app that lets you send encrypted and obscured messages. The message will be visible only when you mouse or drag your finger over them. It also covers the window when the recipient tries to take a screenshot.

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Dmail for Gmail

Dmail for Gmail

A Chrome browser extension that lets you turn emails sent via Gmail into unreadeable messages anytime you want. It’s like Gmail’s undo send feature except you can do it even weeks after you’ve sent the email.

Explorer 360º Tactical Camera

Explorer 360º Tactical Camera

A rugged ball with six black and white cameras. Each camera shoots one photo per second. The photos are wirelessly sent and stitched into a 360º image to a mobile device up to 60ft. away. Available with LEDs or near-IR light.

Nanoform Data Storage

Nanoform Data Storage

Two sapphire wafers that protect photos and text from scratches, fire, water and more. Data is shrunk 30,000 times and then laser-engraved between the wafers. You can use a magnifying glass, a microscope or a camera to zoom in.

Brinno Peep-Hole Camera

Brinno Peep-Hole Camera

Keep tabs on who’s outside your door without squinting with Brinno’s digital peephole camera. Visitors are displayed on a 3″ LCD screen, and a motion sensor automatically records whenever people approach even if you’re away.

Ola Fingerprint Lock

Ola Fingerprint Lock

Like other smart locks, Ola lets you open your door with your phone via Bluetooth as well as grant temporary access to other people. But it also has a fingerprint sensor, so you can open it even if you don’t have your phone with you.

Shuffle for iOS

Shuffle for iOS

Like Burner, Shuffle lets you purchase and use disposable phone numbers. But it also sells email aliases that forward messages to your real email account, and the costs of its services are shown in dollars (Burner uses “credits”).

LWT: Edward Snowden on Passwords

LWT: Edward Snowden on Passwords

(PG-13: Language) In his interview with Last Week Tonight, Edward Snowden also talked about passwords. He recommends using passphrases. The right passphrase is harder to crack yet more memorable than a random string of characters.

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LWT Interviews Edward Snowden

LWT Interviews Edward Snowden

(PG-13: Language) “If we sacrifice our values because we’re afraid, [that means] we don’t care about those values very much.” Last Week Tonight talks to Edward Snowden and reminds us of the Patriot Act’s impending renewal.

Sesame Smart Lock

Sesame Smart Lock

Sesame has an idiot-proof installation process. Just tape it over a deadbolt with the supplied adhesive and you’re done. You can then activate it with its app, by a secret knock on your door or phone, or simply by having your phone nearby.

Netgear Arlo Security Camera

Netgear Arlo Security Camera

Similar to Homeboy, Arlo security cameras are completely wireless. They send video to a mobile app using your Wi-Fi network and have internal batteries. They’re also weatherproof so you can put them both in and out of your house.

Kuna Outdoor Security Light

Kuna Outdoor Security Light

Kuna is an alternative to standard outdoor lights. Aside from being a stylish lamp, it’s also a discreet security system. It comes with a webcam, a microphone, a motion sensor and an alarm that you can all control through a mobile app.

Homeboy Security Camera

Homeboy Security Camera

A wireless indoor security camera that mounts via a magnetic base and connects to your iOS or Android device over Wi-Fi. It has an alarm, a motion detector and a camera that takes 640×480 video. Video here. More here.

Soft Key Lock

Soft Key Lock

YouTuber bosnianbill shares this unusual lock and key system that involves a flexible key. The lock has a curved keyway, which the key shaft’s linked parts will slither into when it’s injected into the keyway. More here and here.

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