Any thoughts on BlackPhone privacy?

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TheFinalGloaming
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Any thoughts on BlackPhone privacy?

Post by TheFinalGloaming » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:50

https://www.blackphone.ch/

It's relatively high priced compared to a "dumb phone", however it is rumored that newer phones are harder to break by "them".

Additionally, I wonder if it would be possible to put the mobile version of JonDo on there?

Any thoughts on the usability or validity? Admins or Sovereign Press? Many thanks!

Off topic, what are your thoughts on Request Policy (www.requestpolicy.com) in regards to privacy, and why was it not included in the JonDoBrowser?

cane

Re: Any thoughts on BlackPhone privacy?

Post by cane » Mon Mar 03, 2014 15:50

BlackPhone privacy at short:

1: By default the Blackphone will protect you against device based tracking by Google (like Android) or Apple (like iPhone) or Microsoft (like Windows Phone).

2: App based tracking may be blocked partially, if the app is working without tracking possibilties (depends on app, select your apps carefully).

3: The Blackphone doesn't protect you against surveillance because it uses the same hidden OS like other smartphones. About the Hidden Operating-System: https://anonymous-proxy-servers.net/blo ... em....html

You may use the Blackphone Wifi-only with trusted WLAN networks only to avoid surveillance, but I have a laptop for this use case.

4: Blackphone - Blackphone communication is encrypted by default. But you can the same security with trusted Android or iPhone apps like "Textsecure" or "CSipSimple". It is not a really outstandig feature.

Conclusion: Blackphoe is a step to the right direction but not perfect at all.

cane

Re: Any thoughts on BlackPhone privacy?

Post by cane » Mon Mar 03, 2014 15:54

Request Policy breaks may websites. Many users will not be able to take the required steps to configure Request Policy properly.

Blocking of content is not required for anonymity (TorBrowser blocks nothing at all). We use AdBlock only for better surf experience and to reduce payed traffic a little bit. It is a "nice to have" feature but not required for anonymity.

TheFinalGloaming
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Re: Any thoughts on BlackPhone privacy?

Post by TheFinalGloaming » Sun Mar 16, 2014 21:50

Thank you very much, Cane! Your knowledge and replies are always greatly appreciated. I remember reading your post about The Hidden Operating System in late December and discussing it with a friend over coffee!

The car intrusion was especially worrisome. Not only does the NSA track what we do online, but our cars are also being tracked. (This technology has been in cars for a long time, unfortunately.)


I have spent a many days looking into TextSecure, CSipSimple, and a few others. I assume it is best to run your own server and use CSipSimple + Ostel?


What are your thoughts on Orbot+ Orweb?


JonDonym has recommended using Thunderbird as an email client for the PC, but do you have any recommendations for smartphones? Are K-9 Mail and APG reliable for privacy?


Finally, what are your thoughts on Xprivacy?
XPrivacy can prevent applications from leaking privacy-sensitive data by restricting the categories of data an application can access. XPrivacy feeds applications fake data or no data at all. It can restrict several data categories, such as contacts or location. For example, if you restrict an application's access to contacts, that application will receive an empty contacts list. Similarly, restricting an application's access to your location will send a fake location to that application.

Thank you for your knowledge and input, Cane! It is greatly appreciated!

OliverSparks
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Re: Any thoughts on BlackPhone privacy?

Post by OliverSparks » Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:45

If you often use the same Facebook. Recently, there appeared an application https://www.hoverwatch.com/facebook-spy-app, which allows you to record their WhatsApp messages, embedded audio and video files, phone calls, use the phone’s camera for secret photography, and spy on SMS. It is not dangerous if you know why you are doing it without malicious intent, but there are bad people.

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