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Ultra-secure Blackphone Handset on Sale

A new ultra-secure Android phone called the Blackphone has recently gone on sale offering heightened encryption and security features.

The Blackphone comes installed with encrypted video, voice and text communications. This intensified level of protection restricts any unknown intruding outsiders including Government agencies.

Although the device was initially announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in early 2014, it is set to go on sale in July 2014.

The Blackphone has been designed and developed by the Spanish smartphone manufacturers Geeksphone and Silent Circle, a secure communications firm founded by inventors of PGP encryption.

Toby Weir-Jones, CEO of SGP Technologies said that “Blackphone’s arrival puts mobile privacy directly in the hands of professionals and consumers everywhere…the pent-up demand for Blackphone shows there is strong, international demand for our brand’s devices and services that stand apart by placing privacy before all else.”

The Blackphones security features offers anonymous web browsing and encrypted communications via a customised version of Android 4.4, known as PrivatOS. However, the encryption can be turned off by the end user should they wish to make a less confidential call. Phil Zimmermann the inventor of PGP, describes his new creation as allowing “two humans to whisper in each other’s ears from across the world.” He said that the “Blackphone isn’t spy-proof,” and that “if someone really wants to listen in, they can stick a microphone on your wall. But when you see that green ‘Secure’ logo on screen, and say something sensitive, it has a tremendous effect on how comfortable you feel.”

The Blackphone website claims “that combination of a custom operating system with hand-picked application tools” makes the device perfect for the security conscious such as “information workers, executives, public figures, and anyone else unwilling to give up their privacy.”

Some of the phones main features include:

  • Blackphone Activation Wizard
  • Blackphone Security Centre
  • Blackphone Remote Wipe
  • Silent Phone
  • Silent Text
  • Silent Contacts
  • Disconnected Secure Wireless
  • SpiderOak: Blackphone Edition
  • Kismet Smarter Wi-Fi- Manager
  • Remote Wipe and Protect
  • Secure File Transfer and Storage
  • Secure Search and Browsing
  • Compatibility with any GSM Carrier

Experts are predicting a rise in the number of devices with security features such as this. There is a growing concern amongst companies about how secure their devices are and how their employees handle their data. If you are one of these companies, contact us to talk about our Mobile Device Management polices and how we can help secure your company.


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