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We have learned so much about phone privacy in the past year. But above all we have learned that the NSA is a powerful opponent. We are not helpless, however. We have phone VPNs, secure apps and other ways to make us less vulnerable to spying. The NSA revelations have opened our eyes to how vulnerable we truly are. And this has led to the development of tools and techniques that work to promote better privacy for us all.
We Have Privacy Options
Our best advantage against spies is that we are many. Agencies like the NSA have resources, but not nearly enough to track each one of us individually. So what we really need to do is just make it difficult enough so that they move on to other targets. We now have quite a bit of information about how spy agencies work. So several tools have been developed and modified to help us better combat intrusive spying.
There are different things that we can do to better secure privacy. But before we rush to try out all the latest solutions, we should think carefully about our daily activities. There are things that we can and can’t give up. These will guide us in choosing the proper solutions that work together to provide the highest level of security. Let’s look at the options below, keeping our personal habits in mind as we go along.
Phone VPNs are quick solutions to location privacy issues. If you do not broadcast your location via GPS or other apps, phone VPNs like ExpressVPN can hide your real location. By connecting to the phone VPNs’ servers, you are using an alternate IP address that cannot be traced. This will protect your location information. Phone VPNs will also protect your identity online as you surf. As long as you are not sharing this information actively, phone VPNs prevent spies from connecting your real IP address with the name and address on file with your service provider. Spies often tap into public WiFi because it is easy to do. This leaves any traffic on these networks open to scrutiny. Phone VPNs will keep your traffic private even on these open networks.
Use a Different Phone
There are new phones out there today that provide better security. The range of smartphones that are currently available mostly have built in security measures for privacy protection. There is also a new phone called Blackphone which is made specifically for communications privacy. Blackphones are Android phones using a version called PrivateOS and cost $629. They use local data encryption and phone VPNs to secure messages and calls. But before you jump up and buy the latest phone, consider what you really use your phone for.
If you regularly handle sensitive information, you might need a super private phone. For instance, if you send and receive documents that contain company secrets. But some mobile carriers are starting to provide phone privacy features. This may be a better option for you than a new phone. One such company is FreedomPop. You can get privacy for Android devices for just $8 a month. This also employs phone VPNs with data encryption. Silent Circle, creators of Blackphone, also offer the phone data and voice encryption apps Silent Text and Phone for subscribers with other phones.
If you need super phone privacy, another option is to have two phones. The reason for this is that it is often the apps that we use that leak our data. With two phones, we can have one that is buttoned up tight and another that we can play games and use social media on. This is great for people who can’t give up all the fun and convenient apps that they have grown accustomed to using.
Not all call and messaging apps are bad. If you have a secure phone and you use apps that guarantee privacy, you will be OK. Just make sure that you know what your apps are capable of. Many apps, especially free ones, are made to track you and take your data. This is how their creators make money. They can take your contacts list, location, stored photos and files, ad share these with third parties. You need to choose apps that do not access this data.
Or you can revisit the Blackphone option. This phone lets you choose what apps can and can’t do. It is a good phone for people who aren’t really into tinkering with settings or don’t know what they should be modifying. Just remember that if you chose Blackphone, you will need to get your on antivirus software. So be careful which one you choose and where you get it from. And everyone needs to always use phone VPNs when they do this to prevent any leaks before the unit is completely secured.
Final Words on Phone Security
Encryption is just about the most important for phone security. This is what makes phone VPNs and apps secure, and why these are such important tools. But the usual strong passwords and software updates are still vital as well. Passwords will always be the first line of defense. Weak passwords just make it easy for attackers to get past your defenses. And updating your phone will give it the security patches it needs to keep up with vulnerabilities. Without these updates, attackers will be able to find loopholes that they can take advantage of without your knowledge.