In June 2014, the company called Silent Circle released a phone said to protect your identity called the Blackphone. It is said to be “Unhackable”, keeping you safe from spying eyes. Now, the company plan to release a tablet version of their secure phone.
Blackphone Tablet coming soon?
After the scandal that NSA and other intelligence agencies were spying on people using their phones, just like you see in the movies like Enemy of the State, people became extremely concerned about security. One firm listened to what the, admittedly small, minority wanted and released a secured version of Android on a phone that would encrypt your calls, texts and browsing.
Silent Circle co-founder, Jon Callas, has admitted sales have been slow, but that they are “growing every day”.
The Blackphone was our first device, not our only device.
With security at the core of the Silent Circle ethos, it’s clear that the Blackphone Tablet would have the same encryption as it’s smaller brother, although without the phone calls obviously. Other than that, we have no idea what the specifications are likely to be.
Although the Blackphone runs a version of Android, it doesn’t allow Google Apps, which often have lax security options by default. That being said, Callas said you can still get Twitter apps that don’t need or require access to your contacts, potentially allowing them to be taken by a hacker. You also don’t need games that need access to your network, leaving you open to leaking potential sensitive data.
However, the Blackphone is a niche product, which Callas admits fully. Some people don’t feel strongly about ‘leaking’ details online, or at least are selective about what they share, which can keep you safe to certain point. But there will always be some who resent leaving themselves open to ‘snooping’ by the government, or anyone for that mater.
What is your view on the Blackphone and potential Blackphone tablet? Let us know in the comments.
Source: BBC Newsbeat