Dedicated Secure Phone vs Secure Apps

Advantages of using a dedicated secure phone over app based solutions

In today’s world when surveillance has become a norm, and cyber attacks, data leaks frequently make it to news, it is important for government officials, top business professionals or any privacy-concerned user to protect their data and secure their communications.

Privacy-concerned users can secure their communication in two ways – using a dedicated secure phone and using app based solutions on their existing smartphones. Dedicated secure phones and secure apps enable users to secure different communication types – calls, messages, emails, etc. Users can download and install secure communication app on to their smartphones via app stores in order to carry out their communications securely. However, the users can still be at risk if their phones are not secure and encrypted. It is highly recommended that you use a dedicated secure phone to carry out secure communications to minimize the risk and increase the security level. In this article, we explain why using a dedicated secure phone has more advantages than using app based solutions on your phone.

Dedicated Secure Phone vs Secure Apps

Please read below the advantages a dedicated secure phone has over app based solutions:

  • Having a dedicated secure phone has higher level of security than app based solutions.
  • Smartphones are most common targets of mobile malware, so if your mobile device is affected with a malware then using app based solution on your phone makes no sense at all.
  • A malware affected phone can intercept messages, monitor calls, steal phone contacts, record browsing history, etc.
    Cyber criminals and hackers use mobile malware programs to spy on target individuals.
  • Mobile malware programs usually find its way to a user’s less secure smartphone through third-party applications installed from the app stores.
  • Hackers with malicious intent can inject malware into app based solutions onto the less secure smarphone devices and other apps on the device to access data, steal passwords, etc.
  • Even if the user has secure communication app based solutions on his smartphone but his phone is affected with a malware, he is still at risk of being intercepted and his communication being leaked.
  • Some third-party apps also leak information about the user.
  • The dedicated secure phone is encrypted from the ground up, so your phone data cannot be illegally accessed or modified.
  • The dedicated secure phone has a disk encryption enabled by default which can be accessed only by a strong password.
  • The dedicated secure phone has secure communication apps preloaded and the user does not need to install any apps on his own.
  • The dedicated secure phone only contains authorized secure communication apps and doesn’t have any third-party apps installed.
  • The dedicated secure phone has all Google apps disabled including the PlayStore.
  • A user cannot install cannot install a third-party app onto his phone since the PlayStore is disabled.

  • All the above points indicate that a dedicated secure phone has more advantages over app based solutions.

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    – Captain Krypto

    Kryptotel is an IT Security Services and Product Development Company specializing in Cyber Security and Secure Communications. Kryptotel develops secure communication applications with strong encryption and security features. Feel free to consult Kryptotel for your cyber-security challenges.

    Smartphone Encryption

    Smartphone Encryption

    What is smartphone encryption?

    Smartphone encryption is a process of making your smartphone secure, and protecting its data and information from any unauthorized access.

    To enhance mobile security there are two main kinds of encryption that a smartphone can have to prevent unauthorized access to private information – one is aimed at securing the ‘data at rest’, and second secures the ‘data in motion’.

    [blockquote author=”” link=”” target=”_blank”]To enhance mobile security there are two main kinds of encryption that a smartphone can have to prevent unauthorized access to private information – one is aimed at securing the ‘data at rest’, and second secures the ‘data in motion’.[/blockquote]

    Securing or protecting the ‘data at rest’ usually a smartphone device is encrypted. An encrypted smartphone typically has a key or a passphrase to allow access to the phone, protecting information stored on the mobile device – photos, text messages, email communication, call information, access to social profiles and private data, documents, etc.

    When a device is encrypted it stores the information in an unreadable scrambled format. The information is unlocked only with an authorized key with the device owner. Typically a smartphone key is an alphanumeric passcode or a passphrase comprising of a combination of letters, numbers and/or special symbols. Some high-end and latest smartphones models also use fingerprint authentication to unlock the encrypted device.

    To secure the ‘data in motion’ just having the mobile device encrypted is not enough, the information transferred from one device to another (communication) can be secured through a process called as end-to-end encryption. End-to-end encryption ensures that data or information is accessible and readable only to the person it is intended for. Data is encrypted from the device when it is sent and decrypted only on the authorized recipient’s device. No third parties in middle, communication carriers, unauthorized persons, or agencies will be able to access to the information.

    How important is smartphone encryption?

    There is an old proverb which says, “a man’s home is his castle”, but in today’s age it would not be wrong to say, “a man’s smartphone is his castle”! A smartphone is the closest thing a person can have in today’s world, and it remains with you all the time like your shadow. It is rightly said that a smartphone is even closer to you than your best friend since your smartphone has more information about you than your best friend can ever have. On your smartphone there is a list of your contacts, your call records, your private messages and conversations with your friends, family and colleagues, your banking and financial information, your passwords, private and personal photos, videos, business documents, etc. Protecting this information and preventing it from falling into wrong hands is crucial, and the only way to that is through encryption.

    [blockquote author=”” link=”” target=”_blank”]In today’s golden age of technology, almost anyone can spy one anyone. Thus, encryption is not an option but crucial.[/blockquote]

    In today’s golden age of technology when two people on the opposite ends of the planet can have a conversation in the real-time, it also allows almost anyone to spy on anyone. It is true that technology has enabled convenience of communication but with that it also has enabled a convenience of surveillance. The only way from preventing your communication from being hacked or snooped into is to enable end-to-end encryption in your communications. End-to-end encryption ensure only the recipient is able to decrypt the message sent by the sender.

    What can be encrypted on smartphones?

    Encryption on your smartphone can be applied to almost everything if done by experts.

    While most encrypted smartphones only encrypt the data stored in the phone which includes photos, saved text messages, documents, etc. Whereas there are few encrypted smartphones which apart from encrypting the stored data on the phone, can also encrypt the phone’s communication features like messaging, emails, voice encryption, etc.

    With a good crypto-phone (encrypted smartphone), a user can be benefited with encrypted voice calls, secure phone calls, encrypted messaging, encrypted email communication, encrypted Internet browsing, and more.

    -Captain Krypto 🙂

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