Is your phone secure? There is always the possibility that your phone has a backdoor. Even if the phone is encrypted the government or businesses may have a key. One reason BlackBerry was so popular a decade ago was because the Canadian company promised increased security.
GranitePhone by Sikur runs a forked version of the Android operating system called GraniteOS. It’s easy to navigate like an Android phone and you can make secure encrypted voice calls and chat messages. There is also limited e-mail functionality. The phone lacks an app store and the majority of other popular apps that are normally thought of when using a mobile phone. This was done intentionally. Sikur is looking to make a phone that is private and secure. Sometimes third party apps can open a backdoor and cause issues.
The Granite phone is not intended for the average smartphone user. This phone is meant for financial institutions, government, and large corporations. It will be tricky to persuade would-be users to use the GranitePhone over the competition.
- 5-inch 1080p screen
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor
- 2GB Ram
- 16GB storage
- 16-megapixel back camera
- 8-megapixel front facing camera
- 2700mAh Battery (non-replaceable)
Why pick GranitePhone?
There is a lot of competition out there for a secure phone. Sikur says that one thing that makes the standout is the ability to install on-site data servers to allow the data going to and from the granitephone to be stored locally. Currently that option is not available on Blackberry.
Encrypted communications can also be accessed on through their desktop application adding a bit of convenience.
Future of GranitePhone:
Approved secure applications may be available in the future, as well as secure video calling, a feature that is already present in the desktop version.
I think it’s wonderful that so many secure options are becoming available for smartphone users. I think all too often people do not place an emphasis on increasing hardware security.
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