Austin, Texas-based Das Keyboard has announced its expansion into a new product category with the launch of highly secure, radio frequency blocking bags. Known as Das Keyboard HackShield bags, the company’s one-of-a-kind backpack and messenger bags empower professionals on-the-go with a new level of protection against physical and digital intrusion.
“The idea for our new bags came about after an experience I encountered on a very busy Fifth Avenue in New York City during the holiday shopping season,” says Daniel Guermeur, creator of the Das Keyboard and CEO of Metadot Corporation. “Within an hour, I realized someone had attempted to break into my backpack two separate times while I was making my way through the crowds. I also realized my digital information wasnt as secure as I thought because my laptop had been communicating with the cloud, even though it was in sleep mode.”
Mr. Guermeur’s Fifth Avenue experience set off a personal quest for Das Keyboard to build the perfect backpack – one that would better protect an individual’s electronic devices against physical theft, as well as provide a new layer of security against illegitimate location tracking and digital pick-pockets roaming for meta data and other private information.
An Impenetrable Fortress
Sporting a European-inspired urban design, Das Keyboard’s HackShield backpack and messenger bags are built for both modern professionals and privacy-conscious citizens to address both physical and digital security concerns. There are no exterior pockets, and the main compartment for each bag is protected with Fidlock fasteners for anti-theft access security.
The bag’s internal pockets are lined with HackShield RF blocking material, which works like a force field around electronic devices to protect against potential hacking attempts. HackShield technology also blocks electronics from transmitting data to and from the cloud, such as an individual’s geographical location, without the user’s knowledge. Each Das Keyboard bag has enough HackShield-protected pockets to fit a laptop, tablet and smartphone comfortably inside.
Mr. Guermeur observes that “Many people don’t realize the electronic devices they carry around can send valuable personal data to the cloud, in some cases even when their devices are closed or asleep. In today’s hi-tech world, most people are concerned with more than just protecting their digital life from hackers, but also with preventing their electronic devices from sharing personal information without their knowledge. With HackShield RF blocking technology, its not possible for radio signals to get in or out of Das Keyboard’s carrying bags, which provides an entirely new level of digital security.
In addition to the company’s new RF blocking bags, Das Keyboard also has introduced its new HackShield Wallet, which uses the same radio frequency blocking material to help keep personal information safe and secure. With HackShield-lined internal pockets, Das Keyboard’s wallet helps guard credit cards, debit cards or any other cards containing RFID chips from thieves who may be scanning for ID information from unsuspecting individuals.
“Das Keyboard’s new HackShield RF blocking bags and wallet will appeal to professionals who desire a better way to keep their personal information safe,” says Guermeur. “We also believe such gear will become a growing trend among concerned individuals in todays digital age as our electronic lives and privacy increasingly come under attack.”
Das Keyboard’s HackShield backpack and messenger bags are available online, each for $179. The company’s HackShield wallet will be available in late August and retails for $49.
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