Blackphone: The first ‘NSA proof’ smartphone?



The year is 2014,communication on our smartphone devices is basically not an option anymore,it’s a necessity.With so many apps to communicate through,some of us don’t even make calls anymore,hence the need for security to protect us from prying eyes and eager ears.

Ever since Edward Snowden leaked information about the NSA’s dirty little secrets,privacy has become a serious issue,especially since NSA’s PRISM is so effective in picking up data there’s almost no way to be completely sure of your privacy.Until now,say hello to the Blackphone.

It is created by a A Switzerland-based join venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone,and it aims in providing a safer way to communicate,ensuring you of your privacy.Backing the project are people who are experienced in the world of computer security,such as Phil Zimmermann, creator of data encryption protocol PGP (Pretty Good Privacy).

Blackphone uses its own special version of android which is security oriented,called PrivatOS.Basically,unlike a normal phone,It’s carrier- and vendor-independent, and enables users to make and receive secure
phone calls and video chats, exchange secure texts as well as transfer and store files.

Specs have not been revealed yet,but Silent
Circle CEO Mike Janke claims it will be a ‘high-end’ device.He also went on to say “The No. 1 priority of Blackphone isn’t its specs, however: It’s protecting users’ privacy.”Blackphone provides users with everything they need to ensure privacy and control of their communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features they have come to expect.”

The project will be open source all the way,and until the device will be unveiled at MWC we can only speculate. The company has since published some of its source code on GitHub.Blackphone will be unveiled on Feb 24 at the Mobile World Congress.