It isn’t any news that Android is porous. As a matter of fact, once you use an Android smartphone, just assume that your personal info you have on it is at risk. It is understandable, after all Android is a complex, rapidly changing, massively popular, open-source product.
For those who do want greater privacy, BlackBerry believes that they can change all that with the PRIV, their upcoming Android-powered smartphone. The Canadian company say they have tweaked Android extensively under the hood to augment the platform’s privacy and security capabilities on the PRIV. In addition, they have a few apps that provide extra layers of security pre-installed. Have a look at the icon in the image below:
The icon is labelled “DTEK”, and it is one of the cards that BlackBerry is playing in securing user info on their Android smartphone. DTEK is an app exclusive to the PRIV (no idea whether that will change later) and what it does is serve as a warning system app. That way, you know when an app or intruder is reaching for something on your device that you’d rather they don’t have access to.
But DTEK isn’t all. BlackBerry’s SecuSUITE, which ensures that voice, text, mobile e-mail and PIMs with calendar and contact data are protected from electronic eavesdropping, is also built into PRIV. That’s the same solution that the German government and others now rely on to provide security against spying and wire-tapping operations.
What do you think? A really secure Android smartphone sounds like a fairy tale, but if there’s any company with the competence to pull it off, it has got to be BlackBerry. Do you PRIV?