The 6 Best Counter Surveillance Tools For Thwarting Spies
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The Best Counter Surveillance Tools

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While all of the advancements we've seen in recent decades have lead to some amazingly convenient devices, such as smartphones and laptops, we're also at a point in history where that same technology has been miniaturized and can be used for all sorts of nefarious purposes.

Most of our world's information is now distributed electronically; however, breaches in security still happen. A nefarious device could be acquiring information regarding your health, business, or even financial information like credit cards and bank routing numbers. Personal conversations may also be at risk, as things said to some may not have been meant for others to hear, for reasons malicious or benign, and the leaking of this information may cause problems in the future.

With that in mind, you must take the time to ensure that your home and offices are protected. Below, we'll go over 6 of the absolute best-hidden camera detectors and counter-surveillance devices currently on the market.

Professional Multi-Frequency Wireless Bug Detector 

This RF detector, otherwise known as a bug detector, is an all-around excellent device for locating and pinpointing modern wireless bugging devices. With a maximum range of 824 MHz - 7 GHz. It can activate within seconds and lets even new users sweep and identify different frequencies with ease. The unit feeds out visual displays with 6 bars for indicator lights to distinguish between 10 different types of signals simultaneously, cutting out the reception of any other type of frequencies so you can zero in on suspicious signal sources.

During a sweep, you can switch between 4 notification modes and 2 levels of sensitivity. You can choose to have the unit give silent notifications, vibrate when a signal is detected, signal type to be displayed in the extra display read-out, or listen to the frequencies. With enough practice, you'll be able to hear the differences between frequencies.

If you're finding too many signals in an area, hit the attenuator button to increase the sensitivity and bring your detection distance down to a few feet to pinpoint the source of this transmitting signal. The main advantage of this device is that you can get accurate scans on many devices quickly and all at once, isolating a single frequency.

Multi-Functional Bug Detector & Hidden Camera Finder

Appreciated by beginners and professionals alike, the Multi-functional bug detector is an all-around great solution for finding all sorts of eavesdropping equipment. You're able to switch between various modes allowing you to detect hidden cameras (camera detector), wireless transmitting devices (10 MHz ~ 10 GHz), telephone tapping (250Hz ~ 5KHz), laser listening devices, and more.

Another main feature of this bug detector is the removable lens finder. Plugging it into the device, a red light will shine off the device and reflect against hidden camera lenses, even those small enough to see out of pin-sized holes in the sneakiest of hiding places.

This unit has special features not available in any of our other counter-surveillance items; you can hook into the phone line for a landline telephone, either POTs style ( plain-old-telephone ) or an IP phone to determine if the phone lines are tapped or to utilize the laser detection feature to find if a laser microphone is being pointed at a window. These high-tech ways of surreptitious recording don't stand a chance against detection with this product!

Camera Detector with LCD IR Finder

The newest model of camera lens finder is one of the best around. The device has a bank of red LEDs that flash in the normal visual spectrum, reflecting against hidden camera lenses just like any other device with this detection mode. Look through the red plastic film, and you'll see all other colors washed out, making it easier to see tiny pinprick reflections of light bouncing off of any hidden camera lenses.

What makes this item different from the rest is that it has a built-in camera that puts a live feed directly to an LCD screen and combined, these can be used to find infrared night-vision LEDs not visible to the human eye.

Turn the lights off in a room, and if there's a device emitting any infrared light into the area, this camera will show a bright light source on the LCD screen to pinpoint exactly where the IR night vision light is coming from. Beyond these features, it also has a long battery life of about 2 hours, allowing you to scan multiple times or for extended periods of time. It also comes with its own charge cable, so you'll never have to worry about batteries for this device.

Android Recovery Stick| Extract Deleted Text Messages 

With models designed for either Apple or Android devices, these innovative gadgets will allow you to become a digital forensic examiner. These USB drives have forensic software that allows you to retrieve data from virtually any Android or iOS device. All that you'll need is the screen unlock code, sometimes, and a modern Windows computer.

The main feature of this recovery stick is that it can recover a wide amount of deleted data. Once you delete data, say a text message or a contact, it remains within the device memory as long as that data hasn't yet been overwritten by newer information. It can retrieve texts, call logs, contacts, calendar entries, photos, mp3 files, videos, documents, and internet history. It can even recover data from various apps as well.

This can function as a backup drive for your phone, which has several advantages, or you may use it for monitoring and keeping track of electronic communications on a child's personal or employee's company phone. These versions of forensic recovery software can give you peace of mind while saving you hours of frustration when trying to recover certain pieces of data.

Multi-Use RF Bug Detector | Protect From Eavesdropping Devices 


Compared to the Multi-Frequency Detector, the Multi-Use is the little brother. It has a special ability to look for the differences between a cellular band of RF signals or a set of WiFi frequencies. During a bug sweep, this can be helpful in determining whether a signal source is innocuous or malevolent. After all, cell signals shouldn't come from your car's dashboard! With practice, you may even learn to hear the differences between frequency bands by how they pop, crackle, or whine through an audio verification feature. 

A frequency range of 50 MHz to 6.0 GHz can be noticed by this unit, meaning it can find 3G, 4G, 5G cellular signals, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi routers, digital IP devices and GSM trackers. Sweeping for stronger or weaker signal sources is made easy with a twist knob for sensitivity adjustments; it's just like playing the hot-and-cold game! Turn it down low at the start of your sweep, then slowly raise the sensitivity and walk until the device starts pinging off of a signal source. Lower it down again and repeat this process until you get closer and closer to the source of the frequency emission.

The Multi-Use RF Detector offers, well, multiple ways to find a transmitting hidden camera or audio device: the standard beep sound that beeps faster as you get closer to the signal source, an acoustic verification which allows you to hear how the signal sounds, and a vibration verification. A set of headphones is also included so you can covertly perform a sweep. Used by professionals and novices, alike, there are a multitude of ways in which this device can help you ferret out any surreptitious transmitting devices. 

Block It Pocket Cell Phone Signal Blocking Bag 

Modern technology has evolved so quickly that most modern devices and even video cameras can now be compromised remotely. Incredibly, this can sometimes happen even if the device is powered off. Therefore, people need to take extra precautions and extra security products to protect their devices while visiting public areas. This is where the Block-It Pocket shines.

Once you place your phone in the bag and have closed the clasp, your cellphone is now protected from any outside signal. This blocks calls, phone access (GSM), and location information.

This bag can also protect you from the harmful radiation that cellphones emit naturally as well. Beyond that, this bag can protect RFID passports, credit cards, and transponders, protect against EMPs and other devices that can track or hack your phone. Plus, the bag is both stylish and easy to use. Overall, this bag can provide complete protection from nefarious and hijacking signal sources, ensuring that your data remains safe.

The Best Counter Surveillance Devices

Whether you're trying to protect your home or office from leaking information through a transmitting audio or video device, an RF (radio frequency) detector or bug detector is one of the best pieces of technology currently on the market to locate these kinds of devices so you may protect yourself and disable them.

Not only can they seamlessly detect spy cameras and other bugs, but these types of counter-surveillance equipment will give you peace of mind, knowing that your area is secure at all times.

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