Threats to confidential information stored on your personal electronic devices has been growing exponentially in recent years. Airborne electronic hacking, which started out as a government and industrial espionage concern, has migrated to the larger world of consumer electronics.
Everyone if aware of online virus and hacking threats, but most people would be shocked to learn how easy it is for a person sitting across for you in the airport to hack your laptop computer, your cell phone, or your PDA. Worse yet, your devices are vulnerable even if they are turned off. Imagine an unsavory competitor at a trade show or conference remotely turning on your laptop and stealing your customer list directly through your carry bag.
The good news here is that there have been recent advancements in specially coated textiles that create an electromagnetic shield between your electronic devices and the outside world. Although these materials have been around a while, these advancements have brought down the cost, and increased the ability of these materials to be used in commercial sewing operations.
For the price of a high-end carry case, you can now get a custom sized, custom configured soft case that will thwart airborne hacking. There are some tricks of the trade here in that these bags need to be constructed a certain way so that coverage gaps do not arise. It is a good idea to select a vendor that has worked with these materials and is aware of the pitfalls.
Like the early days of the Internet, these are boom times for electronic hackers. As public awareness of airborne hacking increases, there are bound to be protective upgrades in the devices themselves, and a much larger market for protective soft bags and holsters. It might not pay to wait for this; I can assure you that the hackers are not waiting.