How to Hide Sensitive/Private Info In Plain Sight!
When it comes to survival and preparedness, security is paramount! When most of us think of survival security, we tend to think of things like firearms, firearms training, self-defense, martial arts training, “hardening” our homes, security systems… and maybe even perimeter alarms & booby traps, etc. But one front that we tend to overlook is the importance of keeping vital information secure! This simple, inexpensive and practical “hack” is a terrific way to keep all of your private information hidden… in plain sight!!
There numerous types of information that we all want/need to keep private/secret for security, privacy and a host of other reasons. Most survival/preparedness enthusiasts are drawn to various security solutions like hidden gun safes to keep their firearms secured and private, hidden food storage solutions, supply caches, etc. But what are you doing to to keep vital information private and secure?
Well we have a low-tech, easy and inexpensive solution for you to add to your arsenal of survival/preparedness gear, techniques, and tricks!
And not only is this solution terrific for survival/preparedness applications, but it’s also amazing for everyday life applications like keeping technology usernames & passwords hidden and so much more!!
All you need is an inexpensive invisible UV marking pen and a UV light!
In case you are interested, here are the exact items that I use and feature in this article:
Invisible UV Marking Ink Pen (Pack of Three):
Large LED UV Flashlight:
Mini Keychain UV LED Pinch Light (USB Rechargeable):
Now you might be thinking, “What the heck am I going to do with an invisible UV marking pen and UV light? How are those going to help me survive? Aren’t those just for kids to play with??”
While your kids might try to steal your UV pen to have great fun with (get them one of there own and keep yours to yourself!), UV pens and lights actually have a lot of practical “adult” uses as well! And we are going to share with you all kinds of both survival and conventional applications for these underutilized and under appreciated tools!
Now you might be thinking to yourself, “I don’t want to add another bulky flashlight to my kit just for this purpose!” And I don’t necessarily blame you one bit! But the good news is… you don’t have to!
I personally love this little keychain-sized UV light from Nitecore for several reasons. For starters, it’s tiny, lightweight, ruggedized (much more so than your standard LED pinch lights) AND it’s completely rechargeable with a standard mini-USB cable! The recharging ability makes it much more dependable in my book. Here’s the link to this Nitecore Micro UV LED light again in case you missed it above:
Mini Keychain UV LED Pinch Light (USB Rechargeable):
Invisible ink pens and UV lights can be HUGE assets in terms of both every day life and survival/preparedness!
So let’s take a closer look at some of those applications now!:
(Routes, Locations, Coordinates, Caches, etc.)
We posted a blog post about this in the past, but thought it was time to add a little more dimension to this one for you. There are SO many uses for a UV pen and light when it comes to marking maps! Depending on your needs or plans, you could discreetly mark your bug out route(s) and location(s) on a road map or atlas and no one even know it’s there! You could mark your supply cache locations on your route as well! Indicate danger zones, leave notes, coordinates… whatever info you wanted to right on your map hidden right there in the open from anyone who doesn’t have a UV light with them!
BONUS USE: Secret Fishing & Hunting Spots!!
Perhaps you aren’t into all of this “bugging out” stuff. That’s cool. But perhaps these tools could help you on another front? What about marking your favorite fishing spots on a topographical lake map? Or maybe route, tree stand or other features in your favorite hunting grounds? Keep those spots secret and safe in the same way! Get creative with this! This solution works well for so many applications!
USERNAMES & PASSWORDS
(WiFi Password, Account Credentials, etc.)
Alright, so technology is great. But all of those different accounts, usernames, passwords, etc. What a headache! What’s a good way to keep track of them and keep them secure? Sure, there are all kinds of password management tools out there, but what if you are concerned about getting hacked or something similar? Maybe you prefer “low tech” solutions even for your technology? Many of us just write them down on a post it note and leave them in plain sight. But is that the best idea? No, it really isn’t.
So how about hiding those passwords in plain sight once again? I mean… why not, right?
SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFO
(SS#s, CC#s, Phone Numbers, etc.)
Many preparedness enthusiasts have worked hard to create “Crisis Binders” full of all sorts of sensitive personal information and documents. This is a terrific idea, by the way, but… what if we could take these binders to the next level of security using invisible ink to hide personal information like Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, emergency contact info, and other types of sensitive information that we may need but no one else should see? What if something happened to you or a loved one or someone got ahold of your “Crisis Binder” full of personal info? Wouldn’t it be ideal if that info was still there but completely invisible to anyone who didn’t know it was there?
(Secret Messages, Hidden Instructions, Hidden Notes In Books, etc.)
Just like passwords and personal info, you can also hide all sorts of private info in plain site, like a wall or cabinet door next to a fuse box, appliance, router, modem or other such application. You can even put a secret note right in a book you are reading!
Just like digital passwords, combinations to locks are another item that you can hide in plain sight with UV pens. You could utilize this for everything from document fire safes to gun safes!
MARKING GEAR ITEMS SO THEY ARE EASIER TO FIND IN THE DARK!!
How about marking items that you have a tendency to lose in the dark with invisible ink, paint or even a glow in the dark fob, cord end, etc. so you can use your UV light to locate them again quickly and easily?
This is a particularly clever “hack”. Let’s say you want to leave discreet/“covert” markers on a path or route that only your friends can see. Well, you could mark everything from street signs to guard rails with UV light activated dots, then your friend, armed with a UV black light, can follow your trail/route using your markers!
Now “invisible ink stickers” are not easy to find for purchase (they are a very specialized item). But don’t despair! Get yourself a roll of plain white dot stickers (like in the pic below) and simply apply your own invisible ink to them yourself! Easy DIY invisible ink stickers!
MARKING ITEMS TO TRACK OR TRACE
We all have “that friend” (or family member) that loves to borrow things but is notorious about never returning them. Wouldn’t you love to be able to lend things to friends/family and have the freedom to do so knowing that your item is “covertly marked” to prove it is yours?? Well, how about using an invisible ink pen to discreetly and cleverly mark your stuff so you can prove it’s yours and expose the habitual “keeper”!! Now you can lend your stuff to that friend/family member (a book, magazine, tool, movie, video game, etc.) and when you ask, “Is that mine?” and your friend says “No, I don’t think so…”, all you have to do is break out your little UV light to expose them once and for all!! MUHAHAHAHHA!!!! 😉
DEFENSE & DETECTION
Now THIS one is particularly cool and fun and there are numerous ways this invisible UV powder can be used for this purpose!
Set Up Trap With Invisible UV Powder Or Ink To Mark Intruder & Incriminate
You could simply shake a thin layer of invisible UV powder over a surface area to detect intruders and implicate your suspect! Or you could put a light coating on objects so that they incriminate themselves by touching the item!
Got a notorious lunch or fridge thief at work? Put some of this powder inside your lunch bag (don’t put it directly on your food, of course!!) and lay your trap to catch the lunch thief!! Then just walk around the office pretending to look for stains for fun and… catch the thief “red-handed”!! (actually, “glow-handed” would be more appropriate here, but you get the idea. 😉 )
Or you could take this concept even further by loading invisible UV powder into a pneumatic “confetti cannon” style of trap in your yard and BLAST thieves or intruders with invisible UV powder when they try to steal one of your kid’s bikes or other item!
INVISIBLE INK TATTOO
Now if you are SUPER committed to your securing your personal information and are ready to take it to the next level, then this solution might just be for you!! You can actually TATTOO yourself with invisible ink!! You could take that personal/private info and permanently stamp it on your body somewhere so that it is always with you and no one will ever know it’s there until you shine a UV light on it!! Well, you and your favorite tattoo artist will know what that personal info is there, that is. And maybe everyone at a dance club. But this is definitely one way to never lose your pin number every again!! LOL!!!
SUPER Charge Glow In The Dark items
UV lights also “charge up” glow in the dark items faster and much more intensely than visible light sources do! If you have a glow in the dark item that you want fully charged with maximum glow power almost instantly, hit it with a UV light instead of a visible light source for an extra powerful glow!
Leave us a comment and let us know what you think! Maybe you can think of other terrific applications for invisible ink pens and UV lights that we completely missed! We’d love to hear from you and hear your ideas!