The Safest Smartphone For People Worried About Mobile Security
Computer viruses are becoming scarier with time. Just like a real virus, they become stronger and more immune to fixes or cures everytime we get rid of them. First, the Wannacry ransomware came out, and just weeks after we have another ransomware software said to be even worse.
One of my favorite shows on TV right now is Mr. Robot, if you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest finishing this article, shutting your computer down, and watching it.
Mr. Robot follows a group of hackers that are fighting the corrupt world bank with technology. What makes the show so good is that all the hacking methods shown, are methods that get commonly used in real life. Finishing the first season was a real eye opener.
The Worlds Most Secure Android Phone
A new startup from Arrow Electronics called the PRIVAT Phone is the world’s most secure phone. It is jam packed with security features to help protect all of your private information, pictures, credit card info and even protect your webcam and mic from spyware.
How Does It Work?
The phone has a switch that allows you to shut off individual components based on three different options; private camera mode, normal mode, and secure mode. It also has a separate button to disconnect the GPS.
When you take a photo, video, or voice recording, add contacts, send texts, lots of times, it is sent directly to a cloud. Cloud storage can get hacked, and you risk leaking all your data or having it deleted.
The PRIVAT phone hardware’s broken into two independent boards. One that will securely capture all of your photos and videos, and another that holds the processor, storage, and other main components.
“The patented anti-hacking system, based on hardware from PRIVAT, allows you to capture and save the photo and video files in a hardware environment isolated from the rest of the smartphone, avoiding the possibility that by carelessness or permissions granted to the apps, these files end up in the cloud without the user wanting it.”
How Are The Specs?
The specs of the phone are impressive for the price. You will be getting a smartphone with:
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad-Core (2×2.35GHz Kyro & 2×1.6GHz Kyro)
GPU: Adreno 530
Display: 5.5″ 1080P With Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Cameras: Front-facing 21MP Rear-Facing 8MP
How Is The Pricing?
The retail price of the PRIVAT phone is $590, but there is currently an early bird sale on IndieGoGo where you can pick it up for $450. You can also get another $25 off of the PRIVAT phone by subscribing to their newsletter. For what you are getting this is a steal of a deal. You get a solid looking phone, with great specs, and incredible security for well under the price of an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.
The PRIVAT phone is available in two different models, gray and black. It’s important to note that this is still an IndieGoGo Campaign and should be taken with a grain of salt. All of the images provided are just concept art, and at this time I am not sure that they have a working prototype. Although, this is still a very cool project and I would love to see the team succeed.