Top Best Secure Phones

Top Best Secure Phones

We all want some privacy in our lives. We hate other people looking at our things. That is why sometimes we want to use something that respects our privacy that is if you are privacy conscious.

To tell you the truth smartphones of nowadays take a lot of huge data. First the manufacture of the device records what you do on your phone. Phone makers need to harvest data from your device in order to know how you use your phone and how the device performs so that the next version they release might be better than previous phone.

The second part is when you go online you start spilling more information. True is this statement “Privacy is an Illusion” Smartphones are really bad for privacy. Every smartphone out there has a tracking device that tracks you all the time. Pinging off cell towers and locking onto GPS satellites.

I can’t say that there is a best secure phone out there but, one thing I can say is there are smartphones out there that are less at harvesting user’s data. Smartphones that take your security and privacy very seriously & Phones that also make it a bit harder for hackers and third parties to see what data is on your device.

For a phone to be secure it must have the following functions and features;

  • Encrypt phones data
  • Data wipe after failed login
  • Always on VPN
  • Restrict Ad Tracking
  • Block Internet Access for apps
  • LastPass Fingerprint Login
  • Stock Security Center App (DTEK)
  • Security Patch Timeframe

 

BlackBerry KEYone

Blackberry KeyOne

The BlackBerry Keyone is the first Android based Blackberry with the iconic Blackberry design. BlackBerry phones have always been known to be the most secure phones on the planet. The company boasts of building tough secure hardware and software for their devices.

Every time you boot the device up, the phone takes extra steps to ensure your phone isn’t tampered with. This starts with the hardware Root Of Trust. Cryptographic keys are injected into the processor to verify the device and to ensure no tampering occurred.

The BlackBerry also supports Full Disk(AES 128). This means that the device encrypts the entire partitions with an encrypted key. The encrypted keys are stored inside the hardware.

The phone comes with a security system called DTEK. That monitors your device, checking apps and actions and behaviors, and alerts you to anything out of the ordinary. DTEK also checks if apps are sending your location or accessing your text messages.

  • Biometrics: Fingerprint Scanner
  • Encrypt phones data: Full Disk Encryption (FDE)
  • Data wipe after failed login
  • Always on VPN
  • Restrict Ad Tracking
  • Block Internet Access for apps
  • LastPass Fingerprint Login
  • Stock Security Center App: (DTEK)
  • Security Patch Timeframe: (1 Month)

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with an advanced Iris scanner for the face recognition which Samsung has created. This new approach towards biometric security decreases the likelihood of the device being unlocked, but it also means that this smartphone can also be unlocked in a triple combination by using pins, password fingerprint, pattern and Iris. This makes the device to be absolutely secure.

Samsung has also implemented Samsung Knox, which offers chip level security that reinforces multiple different layers of protection which works on hardware as well as software level. This ensures privacy, by using virtualization, so you can choose the appropriate environment, based on the work which you are doing.

This feature is also similar to BlackBerry; It starts with hardware Root Of Trust. The device encrypted Root Key is injected into each Galaxy Note 8 during the manufacturing process and is only accessible in a secure environment known as the Trust Zone. This key is unique to each Galaxy Note 8 and is there used to identify the device.

The phone also comes with a secure Boot key, which is used to validate each component during boot to ensure nothing was tampered with.

 

  • Biometrics: Fingerprint Scanner & Iris Scanner
  • Encrypt phones data: File Based Encryption (FBE)
  • Triple combination lock
  • Data wipe after failed login
  • Always on VPN
  • Restrict Ad Tracking
  • Block Internet Access for apps: With VPN App
  • LastPass Fingerprint Login
  • Stock Security Center App: (Samsung Knox)
  • Security Patch Timeframe: (1 month)

 

iPhone X

iPhone X
iPhone X

The iPhone X comes with an advanced Face ID a new authentication method to scan the user’s face to unlock the device.

Face ID replaces the Touch ID authentication system. The facial recognition sensor consists of two parts: a “Romeo” module that projects more than 30,000 infrared dots onto the user’s face, and a “Juliet” module that reads the pattern. The pattern is sent to the Secure Enclave in the A11 Bionic chip to confirm a match with the phone owner’s face. By default, the system will not work with eyes closed, in an effort to prevent unauthorized access but this requirement can be disabled in settings.

Apple devices have the ability to update all iOS devices much quicker than Google. On the other side android phones always get late updates because of many phone manufactures. Only 0.5% of Android devices are running the latest version of Android.

iOS devices have another advantage of how it handles encryption. iOS encrypts both files and their metadata separately using different unique keys. These keys are then encrypted by another key that is derived from the user’s passcode and the hardware.

iPhone users have less common vulnerabilities and exposure is less than that of android users.

  • Biometrics: Facial Recognition
  • Encrypt phones data: File Based Encryption (FBE)
  • Data wipe after failed login
  • Always on VPN
  • Restrict Ad Tracking
  • Block Internet Access for apps
  • LastPass Fingerprint Login

 

Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel XL

Although this phone is created by Google some of you privacy conscious people might want to stay away from Google products. Still, this smartphone comes with the latest features including Android 8.1 Oreo. Also the fact that Google has promised has promised three years of software and security updates, making it closer to the average four years of support that Apple provides for its iPhones.

Google has come up with many new security features for their pixel phones. The pixel also comes with a File based encryption which does not reveal what type of encryption is used, but is likely one of the strongest out there. The RSA cipher has been used which generates a unique decryption key for each object. The strategy works with each file that are used by the Pixel.

The Pixel also has a reputation of being hard to root because of the new feature for the Android OS is the verified boot security option which stops any corrupted phones from booting in the first place.

Google also gives you a complete overview of each app that you install you install on the Pixel and restricts any modifications on your device, even if the apps have some sort of critical permission that they require from you.

 

  • Biometrics: Fingerprint Scanner
  • Encrypt phones data: File Based Encryption (FBE)
  • Triple combination lock
  • Data wipe after failed login
  • Always on VPN
  • Restrict Ad Tracking
  • Block Internet Access for apps
  • LastPass Fingerprint Login
  • Security Patch Timeframe: (1 month)

 

BlackPhone

BlackPhone

The Blackphone is a smartphone built with privacy in mind. The phone is created by company called Silent Circle together with GeeksPhone. Blackphone runs a modified version of Android forked from Android 4.4.2 called PrivatOS. The smartphone comes with a bundle of security minded tools. The company stated that its operating system was able to close all backdoors which were usually found major mobile operating system. Major features of PrivateOS are anonymous search, Privacy enabled bundled apps, smart disabling of Wi-fi expect trusted hotspots, more control in app permissions, private communication (Calling, texting, video chat, browsing, file sharing and conference calls).

In addition to this, the company promises to 73 hours of deadline for patching any form of vulnerability that can compromise your device’s security.

 

  • Encrypt phones data
  • Able to use VPN
  • Block Internet Access for apps

 

Bonus

Librem 5

Librem 5 is another Linux distribution that runs PureOS. This means you can get to use Ubuntu, SUSE, Fedora and even Arch Linux on your phone.

The phone comes with Privacy protection by default. Your data is secured by and not shared by third parties.

No track. Your phone is completely owned and controlled by you and not you’re Big Brother. It comes with the world’s first ever IP native mobile handset. Librem 5 also has end to end decentralized communication via Matrix. Security focused by design.

The Ubuntu Phone did not succeed, but I hope this one does because it’s a Linux based operating system. I would really love it to succeed.

I am not sure about the release date; I will update this article as soon as it does.

Conclusion

Even though and Blackberry moved to android it’s still the most secure phone out there. I would really recommend buying if you are really concerned about your privacy.

Do you know some more interesting secure phones out there? Please let me know in the comment section we might review it and also include it among this list.

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