Blackphone: The Answer to NSA Snooping

The Answer to NSA Snooping

Every day it seems like new information comes to light about how the National Security Agency creeps into our lives. Knowing that they can backdoor into our seemingly private devices is a scary thought, whether you have information to hide or not.

Blackphone wants to change some of that by easing your mind when it comes to mobile devices. A joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, the the company is slated to release what it deems the world's first "NSA-proof" phone at this years Mobile World Congress.

While exact specs haven't been released yet, we know that the phone will come unlocked and work with any GSM carrier—most international networks as well as AT&T and T-Mobile in the US will be able to grab and use the device.

The company states that you'll be able to "make and receive secure phone calls; exchange secure texts; exchange and store secure files; have secure video chat; browse privately; and anonymize your activity through a VPN."

That's a lot of "secure," and we'll have to wait and see whether the product actually pans out. The device will run a variant, or "fork," of Android called PrivatOS which will be carrier independent.

Pre-orders will begin sometime in February, with handsets ready to ship hopefully a few weeks after that. Will you be clamoring to get one? Think all this privacy stuff is overblown? Let us know in the comments below.

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We've got to wait and test if every thing they say really is what supposed to be.

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