Nothing Can Be The 'Most Secure Android Smartphone'
Gregory Hammond Jun 10
This is a repost from weeklytech.info (my new site dedicated to covering the need to know tech in 2 to 3 stories per week).
BlackBerry is claiming that their KEY2 is 'the most secure Android smartphone'. What makes it secure, and really what makes it any different than any other android phone?
To quote from the betanews article, "From a hardened operating system to BlackBerry’s proprietary technique for establishing a hardware root of trust adding security keys to the processor, the BlackBerry KEY2 is the most secure Android smartphone. It comes preloaded with DTEK by BlackBerry application that removes the complexity of security by providing an 'at a glance' security meter. This shows the overall security rating of your device, and provides a simple way to view how apps may be accessing your data and manage app permissions. So now you can easily see and manage how your downloaded apps access your personal mobile data such as your location, access to your camera, microphone and more, with active controls over your mobile privacy and safety."
So basically they are using a proprietary technology (so they only have the key and if they get hacked then the hacker can access your data), The DTEK (at a glance security meter) isn't very helpful if people don't look at it and actually take the advice (if it actually provides helpful advice). The glancing at how apps may be accessing your phone has been on Android since Android 6.0 and since iOS 8, so it's nothing new to phones.
Yes BlackBerry has been known as the secure and business phone and a new phone is good to have (since Google doesn't always send OS updates to phones that are more than a couple of years old) but BlackBerry doesn't even make their physical phones anymore (they get made by TCL). The two-day battery life will be interesting (as always it depends on how much people are using their phone).
What are your thoughts?