The Blackphone set to bring Encrypted Communications to the Masses

Back in December we told you about the Scottevest Blackout Pocket, a pouch that could take your smartphone of the grid. Today we’re back to talk about another cool piece of tech known as the Blackphone, and if you’re concerned about your privacy it’s a device you’re going to want to look into.

The Blackphone is a new smartphone built to give users plenty of privacy. Silent Circle and Geeksphone have teamed up on the device, and stuffed it full of helpful tools that can keep your calls, texts, and info private with the help of its Android-based PrivatOS. Basically anything you do with your smartphone now, you’ll be able to do with the Blackphone, but with anonymously thanks to a VPN and other technological tricks.

As you’d expect with any secretive device, details on what lies under the hood of the Blackphone are scant at the moment. One would assume it will have high-end components to go along with all those fancy security tools. The Blackphone isn’t the first security-oriented smartphone either as the Quasar IV and its encrypted QuaOS was picked up for production after a failed IndieGoGo campaign late last year.  That device is set to be unleashed in Q2 of 2014, and it’s got some insane specs to boot. Hopefully, the Blackphone will follow suit.blackphone-2
Privacy is much more important today than it was just a few short years ago, with weekly stories about hacks and smartphone snooping popping up on the net consistently. We won’t even get into to the whole NSA thing. Having a smartphone that can allow you to send encrypted texts, emails, and files would be a godsend for people in certain lines of work, but it’s not going to be something you’re average consumer will rush out to get. Especially as the person on the other end of the phone will need an encrypted device for you to truly be secure.

There’s been no word on a release date, specs or pricing of the Blackphone at this time. We shouldn’t have to wait long to find out though as the Blackphone is set to make its primetime debut at MWC in Barcelona next month.


Via – TechCrunch


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