Safeskin is a secure iPhone case that will stop thieves

Most iPhone cases try to protect your device from bumps and scratches. But what happens when your iPhone is stolen? This case wants to protect your personal data, too.

Let’s face it: iPhones are pretty desirable. Even if iOS isn’t your favorite platform, it’s easy to appreciate the sleek hardware. In addition, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X are both pretty expensive. Your contract might not feel like a mortgage, but your Apple device may end up being the third most expensive purchase you ever make. It’s not surprising, then, that thieves often target iPhone owners. Safeskin is a new iPhone case that wants to protect your phone both from damage and thieves. Unless you have the digital key, the case won’t let you use the phone.

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A complete security system

Secure iPhone case

To some degree, phone theft is a hidden crime. Much of the time, victims will “lose” their phone somewhere on a night out or leave their device behind in a public place. You might even be an unknowing victim.

While the loss of an expensive device is obviously painful, our phones mean much more nowadays. You probably wouldn’t want your contacts, Snapchats, and mobile payment details falling into the wrong hands.

Safeskin is a new secure iPhone case that helps you guard against this worrying possibility. The case is impossible to remove unless you have the key code, and it will freeze your stolen phone.

In addition, the Safeskin set comes with a little Bluetooth tag. It instantly alerts you if you’ve gone out of range of your smartphone. This works as an early warning system, meaning you can’t easily leave your Apple device behind.

Better protection

The Safeskin system is made up of three parts. The bit that wraps around your iPhone is a drop-proof case made from polycarbonate/ABS. This has a built-in locking mechanism and an alarm. It works nicely while the iPhone is in your hands.

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Looks good, huh?

But if your device is stolen, the case makes life difficult for the new, criminal owner. Firstly, the case locks onto your device. It also prevents anyone operating the sleep/power switch. This is really important, because thieves will often switch off the device to block the Find My Phone feature.

With the right tools, you can probably remove the case eventually. We are pretty sure that a chainsaw could get through polycarbonate. However, that would be a messy job and few thieves would even make an attempt.

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This thing is pretty tough

Smart security

The case works in tandem with the Eye tag. This small digital key can be carried on your wrist or in your back pocket. If the case and the Eye are ever separated, you will be alerted.

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Feel safe in any neighorhood

Along with the hardware, Safeskin offers an iPhone app. This allows you to track both the case and the Eye tag. You can also schedule the case to lock at certain times or in certain locations.

“Losing your phone is extremely painful. That’s why we developed the world’s most secure safety system for iPhones.…Our unique anti-theft case has been equipped with a tiny yet massively resistant locking mechanism. Making the case irremovable from the phone without your own key and color code.” — Traqle on IndieGoGo

Impressive features

It’s fair to say that Safeskin protects your iPhone from every angle. If you have sensitive information on your device, this system is a must-have.

Future designs

The Eye tag is small, but maybe not small enough. We can see users leaving this device at home, which kind of defeats the object. But there’s little else to criticize.

Availability

– IndieGoGo: Until May 2018

– Pledge: $75 USD

– Deal: Gadget Flow members get a free wearable add-on

– Delivery: July 2018

Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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