'Blackphone' is the choice for Heisenberg, and those looking to hide from the NSA

The NSA revelations keep coming in thick and fast - every day is a new story. Today’s episode reveals the US government security agency can use radio waves to monitor computers they can’t access via the World Wide Web. Anyone else yawning? Nothing is a surprise anymore.

Honestly, most of us have given up on the thought of having privacy from the government – but if it meant our actual personal or work security is at risk; we’d probably pay more attention.

If we’ve learnt anything from yesterday’s outrage regarding Google’s acquisition of Nest; it’s that a good proportion of citizens aren’t willing to invite any organisation into their homes, and ultimately their lives. The NSA was built with the good intention of preventing terrorism - detecting people with things to hide - but this power was gratuitously abused.

It’s hard to get the right balance between security and privacy, however. Invasive measures should only be used when there’s next-to-no doubt foul play is at work; but by the time you’re sure; could it be too late?

Very few individuals legitimately have things to hide, if they do, it’s most likely high-level executives looking to prevent trade secrets being leaked to competitors. If you’re one of these, or have similar legitimate reason to be extra-protective of your privacy, read on…

Spanish mobile manufacturer, Geeksphone, is set to launch the privacy-focused ‘Blackphone’ at MWC next month which prioritises security against all the intrusions that smartphone users usually have to put up with from carriers, advertisers and, yes, the NSA.

It will be an Android-based phone with a "top performing" processor and a cellular module that will be unlocked, free of geographical restrictions, and compatible with any GSM network. A specialist “skin” like found on other Android OEMs will ship with the handset called ‘PrivatOS’ which will allow you to make and receive secure phone calls and text messages, store files securely and browse the web privately through an anonymous VPN.

How well Blackphone will stand-up on the security front against alternatives such as Samsung’s “Knox” is yet to be seen – but we’re sure to have more coverage of the device at MWC.

Do you think the Blackphone is a coming-of-age device necessary in today’s world?

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DREGstudios
15 Jan 2014, 8:33 p.m.

The dystopian fantasies of yesteryear are now a reality. We’ve allowed the coming of an age where the civil liberties our forefathers fought so hard for are being eroded by the day. Freedom of Press, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly are mere ghostly images of their original intent. We’ve woken up to an Orwellian Society of Fear where anyone is at the mercy of being labeled a terrorist for standing up for rights we took for granted just over a decade ago. Read about how we’re waging war against ourselves at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html

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