By Jennifer Hicks
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Feb, 24, a joint venture that appears to be somewhat covert in nature between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, will launch a new ultra secure smartphone that gives the user the ability to control privacy and security settings.
The new venture between the two companies says that data and humans have become one, and technology was supposed to make our lives better, but in its place we lost privacy. Their solution is Blackphone. Powered by Android, the smart phone is not tied to any operator or vendor.
Blackphone is smart and built by a team of cryptologists, security and mobile experts. Yes you heard that right, cryptologists. The sole purpose, the founders say is to uphold the objectives of privacy. The Blackphone will give the user the ability to make and receive secure phone calls, exchange secure texts, transfer and store files, and video chat without compromising any user privacy on the device. Right now when you make calls on your smartphone, they are not that secure or private.
This brings into question all the current stop gap solutions on the market today. Apps or software you have to add to you phone to make it secure like Bullguard, Netqin Mobile or McAfee Mobile. This also brings up the questions of Bring Your Own Device strategies. If a phone can come pimped out from the ground up with all of these security and privacy features, why do companies need to invest in an expensive BYOD strategy?
It’s creators are not lightweights when it comes to smartphones and security. Mike Janke, former US Navy Seal and the CEO of Silent Circle, which does peer-to-peer encrypted texts among other things and Phil Zimmermann, creator of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and co-Founder of Silent Circle. But here is the cool part, a start up out of Madrid, Geeksphone which has made a handset that’s based on open standards – all of them have come together to make this new super secure smartphone.
It takes a village.