Online privacy has become crucial, especially after all the high-profile cyber attack cases such as Vault 7 leak and Fappening (1.0 and 2.0). While users take prime security measures to protect themselves while browsing the wide world of web, there are limitations to how much of their data they can conceal from the prying eyes of hackers, and even the CIA.
Stepping up to the rescue of those concerned of online privacy is the mastermind behind one of the leading antivirus software in the world – John McAfee. In an exclusive interview with Newsweek, McAfee revealed plans to launch what he claims will be the world's first hack-proof smartphone.
As per McAfee's plans, the John McAfee Privacy Phone is expected to launch later this year and it will offer the best security in a mobile device.
"Enormous investment in hardware costs have gone into this. The smartphone contains a bank of switches on the back cover that allow the user to physically disconnect the battery, the antennas for WiFi, Bluetooth and geolocation, the camera and the microphone. It also will not allow the phone to connect to a Stingray or any other IMSI catcher device. In addition, it contains a web search anonymizer," McAfee said, describing the security features of his new invention.
According to McAfee, it's not just the software that controls the privacy, but the hardware also plays a crucial role.
McAfee has a Version 1 of the "world's first truly private smartphone," which he says is not hack proof but boldly accepts that it is "light years ahead of the Blackphone or any other phone claiming to be secure." The fully secure version of the John McAfee Privacy Phone will be available only by next summer and it would be "as hack proof as humanly possible," he said.
Such high levels of security in a smartphone won't come cheap. McAfee estimates the phone to cost $1,100 and it will primarily target enterprise users. By the looks of the phone, based on the prototype model shared by him on Twitter, it looks pretty standard. There's a physical home button a large display and "John McAfee" branding right at the top of it.
The switches that McAfee mentioned are not visible in the phone, but we can see the gold hue volume rocker control on the left side of the phone. Another important feature we noted in the photo is that the smartphone runs on stock Android.
McAfee told Newsweek that the full specifications of the phone will be revealed only a week before its launch. So other than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8, we have yet another important smartphone launch to look forward to this year.