Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is one of the most popular encryption tools being used today. It is created by Phil Zimmerman. Now Zimmerman is back with ‘Blackphone‘, a phone that comes with a thick layer of security and is apparently ‘spy-proof.’
Blackphone packs an impressive set of specs, apart from its obviously extraordinary security. It comes with a 2GHz Nvidia Tegra ARM Cortex A9 quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The internal storage is 16GB and the handset packs a sizable 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720.
There is an 8-megapixel rear camera together with a 5-megapixel front camera and it runs PrivatOS as its operating system. PrivatOS is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and virtually encrypts any and every data that you send from your handset, including calls and messages.
Although the phone carries a rather steep price tag of $629, it has proved wildly popular so much so that pre-orders are selling out rapidly. A Dutch phone company KPN has already ordered hundreds of thousands of Blackphone handsets. Zimmerman further reveals that ‘A majority of the Fortune 50 companies – some of the biggest in the world – have placed orders.’
According to Zimmerman, this is actually an effective solution to secure one’s privacy in an era where digital surveillance is becoming common by the day. He says that the technology used to encrypt data on Blackphone is being already used by government agencies in order to secure their communications. This is the first time the same technology is finally becoming available to the common users.
The best thing about Phil Zimmerman is that his life is a testimony to his belief that individual privacy is the right of everyone. From PGP to other products he has created over the years, Zimmerman has stuck to that notion. With Blackphone, it is finally possible that his vision finally translates to a greater audience.