A Spanish -based communications firm claims to have created the first fully secure and encrypted smartphone,
Dubbed the Blackphone, it is supposed to let users send and receive calls and texts without being vulnerable to hackers or snoopers.
The Android-based device uses an operating system named PrivatOS that promises highly secure privacy protection. It can transfer encrypted files and features a video chat option.
It’s unclear if the phone remains encrypted when it’s only operating between two Blackphones, but then if you are a criminal getting two of the gizmos makes sense. It is less useful if you are trying to strike up a sexting relationship with a mysterious stranger on the train.
Details of the phone, including preorders, will be released at next month’s Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.
It was developed by a team of security “experts” including Phil Zimmerman, the brains behind encrypted email service Silent Circle. In the company’s hand out, he claimed that 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.
It is not clear how long it would take the NSA to decrypt such a phone or hack into it [Two minutes flat, Ed.].