T3ME Top Ten: Ultimate gadgetry for the security conscious!

December 14, 2021

Let’s face it, we need to be online, no matter what. Connected gadgetry is not just central, it’s essential for our everyday. As Christmas comes close and the holidays beckon, we at T3 recommend a few gadgets to keep you safe. Some devices like the super-macho Element Case Black OPS X4 case ensure safety from a physical perspective, while we also have double authentication devices like the Yubikey and a rather wonderful PortaPow data blocker. The last being just perfect for those multiple moments we plug in our dying phones to a public outlet.

1. Fantom R RFID Wallet

The Fantom R RFID Wallet fits a very targeted audience, on-the go professionals who seek a stylish, very secure way of taking care of their cards.  Now RFID cards are very much in that been-there-seen-that crowd, at multiple price points. Fantom decided to go a step ahead. 6 rather intriguing finishes, right from walnut to brown dot leather aside, we love the sheer amount of modular attachments for the Fantom R wallet. This includes everything from a cash holder, a coin holder, a key holder, silicon band, a tracker [powered by a Chipolo card] and an ID holder. You can also get money clips in 5 colors. Click here to build your unique wallet!

2. Apple Air Tag

Misplacing something like your wallet doesnʼt have to be a big deal when it has AirTag attached. You can play a sound on the built-in speaker by going to the new Items tab in the Find My app. If its’ hiding nearby like under the couch or in the next room just follow the sound and your search is over. If your AirTag is nearby, your iPhone can lead you straight to it with Precision Finding.

There are also some cool cases, like the Case-Mate Clip Ring Leather AirTag Case. This case secures your AirTag inside and easily attach to your keys, luggage, purses, and anything else you want to keep track of. Head to dxb.net for more

3. Element Case Black Ops X4 case

Crafted for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, the Black Ops case delivers MIL-SPEC armored protection for your phone while also providing even more tactical functionality than ever before. With an integrated, removable card magazine to carry cards, a retractable kickstand for easy hands-free viewing, and more, the Black Ops X4 is the ultimate tactical phone case, as always, ready for duty. A tad pricey perhaps, but that OD Green variant is most definitely worthy dreaming about.

We should also mention the Black Ops Airpods Case, which boasts a latch-locking mechanism, anti-loss strap and military-spec drop protection. Head to dxb.net for more



4. Yubikey 5C NFC

Protect your online accounts against unauthorized access by using 2 factor authentication with this USB and NFC security key. The YubiKey 5 NFC is FIDO certified and works with Google Chrome and any FIDO-compliant application on Windows, Mac OS or Linux. Secure your login and protect your Gmail, Facebook, Dropbox, Outlook, LastPass, Dashlane accounts and more. Once registered, each service will request you to insert the YubiKey PC security key into a USB-A port and tap to gain access. Also get touch-based authentication for NFC supported Android and iOS devices and applications. Just tap & go!


5. Billfodl Faraday Bag

As a singular security accessory, the military-grade Faraday bag does it all. With three layers of high-shielding fabric on all sides with dual paired seam construction, the Faraday bag which comes I two sizes, helps prevent key fob signal boosting and car theft, blocks mobile apps from tracking your location through GPS and shields your hardware wallets like the Billfodl from remote tampering via Bluetooth. This bag even prevents RFID readers from swiping credit card and passport data.


6. Lindy USB Type C/ Thunderbolt 3 Port Blocker

With the Lindy USB Type C/ Thunderbolt 3 Port Blocker, you can quickly block open ports and easily prevent others from connecting cables or memory devices without permission. The USB Port Blocker is made up of a combined ‘key’ and ‘lock’ assembly which plugs into the USB port. Plug the ‘key lock’ into the port, release the latch, and the lock remains in place! Get your Lindy USB Port Blocker pack here

7. PortaPow USB Data Blocker

Now you can charge mobile devices without any pop-ups or risk of hacking or uploading viruses whether in malls, cars, or airports. Attach between your USB cable and charger to physically block data transfer / syncing. The SmartCharge chip automatically switches between Apple, Universal and Samsung standards to ensure device compatibility and charges at up to 2.4A. Interestingly, PortaPow invented the first data blocker in the UK in 2013.

The PortaPow 3rd Gen USB Data Blocker (Red 2 Pack) retails at AED 32 in the UAE. PortaPow’s portfolio is now available in the UAE. Head to amazon.ae to find out more, portablepowersupplies.co.uk


8. Tumi Accents kit

Consider being safe and individual with many a dash of luxury. The Tumi Accents kit lets you easily customize your bag with pops of color. Add a touch of personal flair to your favorite Tumi travel or business cases while making them easy to identify. The kit includes components made from embossed leather: luggage tag, monogram patch, handle wrap and zipper pull ties.

AED 640, tumi.ae 

9. Case-Mate 13 and 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 Snap-On Case

This 2-piece premium durable yet slim and lightweight hard cover provides form fitting protection and travel friendly. Scratch resistance technology keeps the cover looking new, while the sleek transparent design makes the Apple logo clearly visible. The case has slotted bottom piece design that provides air circulation so you can work for long hours while keeping your Macbook with cooling ventilation. Not only does the case provide surface protection, the package includes 2 silicon keyboard covers (US and UK layout) that guard the device from spills and dust.

CASE-MATE 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 Snap-On Case – Light Pink

10. STM Dux Plus Duo

Designed with guidance from educators and IT professionals, the STM Dux Plus Duo case wraps your iPad in superior protection. It’s tested to exceed U.S. Mil-Spec drop tests, ensuring it can withstand the unique rigors of the classroom or workplace. The Dux Plus offers a patented magnetic closure and a transparent back panel to for asset tagging or user customization. It also provides the convenience of storage for Apple Pencil.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.