When you have your cell phone or other smart device with you the NSA is watching. We all know that but sometimes we need to be reminded. Keep in mind that there are no known exceptions to this rule. If there was one I would be skeptical, but if you have to have a phone, why not get the most secure phone possible?
After reading and hearing all of the negatives posted about the Black Phone from Silent Circle I am still a supporter. I think many of the negative reports are coming from competitors and sold out individuals who care more about the quality of their “selfies” than they do about being watched by data mining corporations and foreign governments.
I will concede that the Black Phone is not exactly what I would build. For example: I don’t think a camera belongs on a phone at all, unless it is self-contained in its own compartment with zero internet capability. However, I commend Silent Circle for their innovation in the areas of Wi-Fi and App security.
The Black Phone has the capability of automatically shutting off Wi-Fi when you leave the range of your current connection. This is a no nonsense security measure but it doesn’t serve corporate greed. On most phones, when you leave your current Wi-Fi network, your phone will continue to search for another. This is dangerous. Even if you don’t like the Black Phone please keep your phone on Airplane mode if you are not using it in a secure area of your choosing.
When you sign up for most apps, there is a multi-page agreement that nobody wants to read. Within that agreement you give up your privacy, but most people do it because they want the app. With the Black Phone there is a way to get many apps without giving the corporate bullies access to your camera and contacts list.
I realize this seems like a commercial but I am not being paid by Silent Circle. It just seems like a decent product they are producing here in a world that knows nothing but theft and fleecing of consumers. Below I have an interview from 2014 about the qualities of the Black Phone. There is now a Black Phone 2 with even more features and sells for just under $600.
Check it out if you wish to boost privacy, but keep in mind you are never 100% safe on a phone.