The Most Secure Mobile Phones of 2017
Privacy and security make up some of our major priorities when it comes to everyday life. We all have one or two things that we’d rather keep close and private. It could be finances, incomes, relationships, photos, messages, plans, secrets, sex life, past mistakes, etc. some of these aspects of our lives can be found within our cell phones. They contain private messages, private photos, transaction details, passwords to our online accounts and relationships, making the need for a secure phone a priority.
It is important, however, to note that there is no perfectly secure mobile phone. These gadgets pick signals from cell towers, GPS satellites and track ads, cookies and usage stats, making users somewhat moving targets. So, to come up with a list of smartphones that make one less vulnerable to threats, the most important key factors to be looked at include:
- VPN availability
- Encryption capabilities and strengths
- Security patch time
After thorough analysis, the following phones topped as the best in matters concerning security and privacy:
- iPhone 7
- Blackberry PRIV
- Google Pixel
- Blackphone 2
The requirements for a phone to be included on this list were:
- The phone must be available for sale in some of the world’s largest markets, e.g. the UK, the US, etc.
- It must be encrypted by default.
- It must offer the ability to revoke permissions from apps to access your phone features.
- It must have wipe and remote lock capabilities.
All these features are available on all phones mentioned above. However, variations do exist in the way in which they are built and operated.
Security features found on the iPhone 7 include:
- Touch ID that allows access using your fingerprint.
- AES-bit file encryption, powered by an incredible encryption hardware.
- Inhibition of ad-tracking.
- The manufacturers also have a team of programmers that work hard to find bugs in the Apple systems and to provide fixes.
The Blackberry PRIV brings security to Android. This phone features:
- Boot and Secure Bootchain that are all verified.
- Hardened Linux kernel, configuration changes and numerous patches.
- Default FIPS 140-2 compliant disk encryption.
- The top mobility management platform, BES12, used by governments and companies.
- In-built cryptographic keys.
Google Pixel is one of the first phones produced by Google. Some of its security features include:
- Pixel Imprint fingerprint scanner.
- File-based encryption with its 256-bit AES decryption key.
- Capability to let you create sandboxed spaces that inhibit sharing of data with third-parties.
- Ability to block apps from accessing your internet.
- Google’s bug bounty program.
The Blackphone 2 ranks the best of among the 4 mobile phones. It is a product of Silent Circle, a company whose center focus is providing security and privacy. It features:
- Multiple security enhancements in its Silent OS.
- 128-bit AES encryption handled wholly by software.
- Capability to separate user accounts and restrict access when not in use.
- Ability to install a VPN encryption app that restricts ad-tracking.
- Encrypted messaging and phone calls services
- Ability to trigger a data wipe after 10 failed password entry attempts.
- Silent Circle’s bug bounty that pays programmers for identifying any bugs in the system.
It’s important to note that when choosing one of the mobile phones listed above, pick one that matches your security and privacy needs. Some of them are pretty costly, so it is advisable to work within your budget. Make a wise choice because after all, you may not need those over the top privacy features.