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Silent Circle’s security-focused Blackphone 2 is official

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Silent Circle has just announced the sequel to its security-focused Blackphone.

The Blackphone 2 has been officially unveiled, and will retail for £525.

The device runs on Google’s Android operating system, although it features a number of software tweaks that help boost your privacy.

It’s all courtesy of Silent Circle’s Silent OS, designed to keep your data intact.

At the heart of the Silent OS is a unique Security Centre, which lets you manage your privacy and security settings.

Through this feature users can control individual app permissions, the data that apps can access, plus a remote-wipe setting if you lose your phone.

The launch of Blackphone 2 is a game-changer for the mobile sector and the way we provide individual and enterprise privacy,” says Bill Conner, Silent Circle’s President and CEO.

Conner continues: “Blackphone 2 combines an enhanced operating system with a suite of apps designed to keep your enterprise and personal information separate and private. We’re proud to deliver a safe and sexy device with a seamless user experience.”

Blackphone 2 also features a "Spaces" function, which lets users have separate, secure areas of the phone for different data types.

For instance, you could have a "work" space, in which you keep business-related information, applications and files.

The device also comes pre-loaded with Silent Phone, a private communication app built by Silent Circle.

It offers secure, encrypted voicecalls, conference calling, video-conferencing, and secure text and file transfers.

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“Today our privacy is increasingly threatened by governments, business and individuals,” explains Conner. “In addition, the growing number of companies where employees work on their own devices in and out of the office means that it is ever more vital to build smartphones that deliver on privacy.”

He adds: “People and enterprises want to take back control of their privacy, but too often they don’t know how – or they feel they must compromise too much. That’s why the time is right for Blackphone 2.”

The device features an octa-core Qualcomm chip, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage (plus a microSD slot).

It also boasts a sized-up 5.5in Gorilla Glass display, as well as a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.

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Dead Words

September 28, 2015, 8:56 pm

Is there a fingerprint scanner? That would be a wonderful addition.

toboev

September 29, 2015, 4:25 pm

Given that hackers helped themselves to the fingerprints of millions of US government employees, the shine is probably starting to rub off biometric ID.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/t...

Dead Words

September 29, 2015, 10:19 pm

Done properly it's very useful and a solid, high end fingerprint scanner can be very secure.
I'm not one to be terribly paranoid about what hackers do. There's always a way around any software security, it's just about being careful, minimizing exterior access, and having security protocols to try and prevent other security from being compromised.

toboev

September 30, 2015, 6:05 am

But how do you change your fingerprints once they have beem compromised? Bully for you if you are not "paranoid" about security. This phone is for people whose security concerns are nothing to do with paranoia. Possibly being a government employee with higher level security clearance and the knowledge that your government HR file, fingerprints and all, has been downloaded by the Chinese, excludes paranoia as a reason for concern.

Dead Words

September 30, 2015, 11:18 am

Yet fingerprint scanners are hardly the most unsecure way of accessing information. And, that, my friend, is my point. I'm not paranoid about it because there's always chance I'll get hacked and the only way I could possibly completely and totally prevent it is to stop using technology altogether and become a hermit. There is always a way around security. You just have to make sure it's too difficult to get around for it to be worth doing.

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