There’s a new USB stick on the market called 5GBioShield that claims to protect users from the supposed dangers of 5G and other forms of radiation.
The description for the device says that “The 5GBioShield USB Key with the nano-layer is a quantum holographic catalyzer technology for the balance and harmonization of the harmful effects of imbalanced electric radiation.” There are some nice buzzwords in there that could convince some people that this magic USB stick does anything, but it’s very likely just a scam pretending to be some advanced technology.
Then again, if you could get your hands on some “quantum biological shielding technology,” “quantum oscillation,” and “life force frequencies” for only £283 ($350), wouldn’t you?
A company known as Pen Test Partners reverse-engineered the 5GBioShield USB Key, and the results were rather damning. When plugged into a computer, it looks like a simple 128MB USB key with a bunch of PDF documents explaining how the device is always on and protecting the user from the scary 5G. In fact, according to the FAQ, “It is always ON and working — that’s why we used quantum nano-layer technology.”
After tearing the device apart and looking for any connections between the attached crystal and the USB key, all Pen Test Partners found was a run-of-the-mill USB stick with a crystal attached. And at only 128MB, it’s not even a particularly useful USB drive. Don’t worry, though, because the FAQ has an answer for why it looks like a standard USB drive when plugged in. “This is a REAL USB key! It protects, AND it informs at the same time.”
While we can’t say with complete scientific certainty that this device doesn’t do what it claims, it is almost certainly like a scam.
As 5G is a relatively new technology, there are bound to be critics who make bold claims about the safety of the signal. This happened when cell phones first rose to popularity, and it’ll continue to happen. Unfortunately, companies that make devices like the 5GBioShield prey on fear to try to convince people to spend large sums on tools that they don’t need.