People are getting addicted to their smartphones and phones are getting smarter every day. In 2018, not every device is a secure smartphone, and using an unsecured smartphone puts the owner at risk and brings bad feedback to the manufacturer.
If security is a priority, using a secure smartphone is as important as backing up your contacts, emails and other confidential information.
Smartphones have grown to become very powerful and feature-rich, especially the two biggest mobile OS; Android and iOS. Most people don’t just want a smartphone for fun, productivity etc, they want a secure smartphone.
So when you forget it at home, forgot it at a friend’s birthday party, asked someone to get it for you, or in other worst scenarios, it gets stolen. How do you feel?
- Will someone access it while it’s at home?
- Does someone know how to magically access my locked phone?
- Will the thief be able to unlock my phone and access my data?
- Can I even lock it when it’s stolen?
- What about locating it?
These are all important questions that need answers. Well, most phones are naturally secured nowadays, but there are some devices that are stepping up the game in security.
If you listen to the news, a lot of things happen to people through their smartphones.
Hacks, theft, loss of data and a lot of other stuff. Having a secure smartphone is like putting your smartphone and your user data under insurance.
As usual, iFindHub isn’t going to list some not so good secured smartphones, it’s gonna be the most secured smartphones or probably the most secured smartphone.
6 Most Secure Smartphones In 2018
Apart from getting an out of the box secure smartphone, you too can help by making sure you do what is right, security wise. Even if your smartphone is secured to the brim, most of the options and level of security depends on you.
For example, most Android devices have face unlock, pin, password, pattern, etc, if you decide to use the regular swipe to unlock, it doesn’t make your Android an unsecured device, it’s up to you.
Securing your smartphone starts from using the available security settings to the fullest, using hard to guess pin or passwords, locking apps for privacy and also being careful online.
These are just the basics, you will get to know more when you dig into your Android device.
Let’s quickly see the most secured smartphones in 2018. Who comes first?
Sirin Labs Solarin
The Sirin Labs Solarin isn’t just a secure smartphone running on Android, it’s one of the world’s most expensive smartphones. Sirin Labs Solarin secure smartphone was launched in May 2016.
This phone isn’t just security conscious, it has very powerful specifications, so you don’t sacrifice top-notch specs for security.
The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels.
The Sirin Solarin is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 128GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Sirin Solarin packs a 23.8-megapixel primary camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Sirin Solarin runs Android 5.1 and is powered by a 4040mAh non-removable battery.
The Sirin Solarin is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, and Barometer.
Made by Israeli startup Sirin Labs, Solarin is a secure cum expensive($20,000) phone.
According to the company, Solarin offers
“the most advanced privacy technology, currently unavailable outside the agency world.”
The smartphone offers 256-bit AES encryption, almost similar to what the defense forces use to secure their communication.
Solarin security mode can be activated via a physical security switch located at its back which turns on encryption on all your communications.
You can check out its unboxing video below.
Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2
Black Phone 2, I think I love the name.
Silent Circle is an encrypted communications firm providing multi-platform secure communication services for mobile devices, desktop, and email. The firm is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Silent Circle was founded on October 16, 2012.
The encryption part of the company’s software used is open source and peer-reviewed.
The Blackphone 2 was launched by Silent Circle in March 2015, runs Silent OS 1.1 based on Android and comes with enhanced features for advanced mobile security and privacy.
The OS offers an ‘Enterprise Spaces’ feature that creates multiple, separate virtual devices on one device. The company claims to have the “world’s fastest vulnerability management,” which raises critical vulnerabilities within 72 hours of their detection or reporting.
The updates and patches come directly from Silent Circle, with no carrier delays or waiting periods.
The Silent Circle Blackphone 2 is powered by 1.7GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.
Camera-wise, the Silent Circle Blackphone 2 packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels Full HD display with Gorilla Glass protection and is powered by a 3060mAh non-removable battery.
The name of this smartphone reminds me of Allan Turing, an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist.
Well, the Turing Phone is a Sailfish OS and Android OS (5.1 Lollipop) smartphone by Turing Robotic Industries (TRI) which provides end-to-end encryption for secure communications.
The device uses decentralized authentication to encrypt any communications and comes with its master public key and unique private key pre-installed with the phone.
Made out of Liquidmorphium, an amorphous alloy of zirconium, copper, aluminum, nickel, and silver, the Turing Phone is ‘unbreakable’ according to its manufacturer.
In terms of the specifications, the Turing Phone sports a 5.5-inch display and is powered by a 2.5GHz Krait processor.
A 3,000mAh battery is also included in the spec sheet.
Sounds like ??? Just say it!
Boeing Black is a very secure Android smartphone built by Boeing and BlackBerry Limited targeted for (United States) government and military defense communities, and people “that need to keep communications and data secure.
Security, modularity and productivity delivered in one trusted mobile device
Imagine a collaboration between aerospace and defense giant Boeing and smartphone maker BlackBerry to make one smartphone? It’s just super secured.
According to Boeing Defense, Space & Security Division, Boeing Black secure smartphone has embedded hardware security features, can be configured through software policies, and has endless modularity capabilities.
One of the most outstanding features of this phone is it self-destruct feature. The phone can self-destruct if it is tampered with. Sounds cool right?
This ensures that any attempt to break open the casing of the device triggers the auto-deletion of the data and software on it, thus rendering it inoperable.This ensures that any attempt to break open the casing of the device triggers the auto-deletion of the data and software on it, thus rendering it inoperable.
Furthermore, it is capable of encrypting calls and supports dual SIM.
» Display: 4.3” qHD (540 x 960 pixels)
» Weight: 170g
» Battery: Lithium-Ion 1590 mAh
» Dual SIM Supported Bands:
› LTE 700/1700/2100
› WCDMA 850/1900/2100
› GSM 850/900/1800/1900
» Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR-enabled connectivity
» Dual 1.2 GHz ARM® Cortex®-A9 CPUs
» Storage: Onboard + microSD
» Expansion Ports: micro USB, PDMI®, Modular
» Security Features: Embedded FIPS 140-2 Key
Storage, Hardware Inhibits, Trusted Modules, and
Configurable OS Security Policies
The Blackberry DTEK60 is seen as the most secured Android smartphone. You really don’t have to argue about that since Blackberry has been known to focus on security and enterprise smartphones.
ZDNet wrote about 10 reasons why the Blackberry DTEK60 is good for business. This practically shows you how secured to the brim this device is.
Let’s see the specifications of this secure smartphone.
Blackberry DTEK60 Specifications
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 2.15 GHz quad-core
- Display: 5.5 inch 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution AMOLED, 534 ppi
- Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 32 GB internal with microSD card storage for up to 2TB
- Cameras: 21 megapixels f/2.0 camera and 8-megapixel front-facing f/2.2 camera with flash
- Extras: Dual stereo speakers, convenience button
- Battery: 3,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging
- Dimensions: 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.19 mm and 136 grams
For about $500, one of the most secure smartphones in the world could be yours, probably forever.
Security and productivity features advertised by BlackBerry include:
- Rapid Security Patching: BlackBerry has a record of being the quickest to deliver security patches, setting the bar in incident response and patch management to protect your device from malicious threats.
- DTEK by BlackBerry App: Enables users to automatically monitor their OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and to take action to improve it. The DTEK app also monitors applications and notifies you when someone is: taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts or location.
- Hardware Root of Trust: BlackBerry uses a proprietary technique that adds security from the start, allowing for the tracking, verification, and provisioning of the DTEK60.
- Secure Boot Process: Starting with the root of trust, each stage of DTEK60’s secure boot chain must first verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding, ensuring your device has not been tampered with since the last restart.
- Android OS hardening: BlackBerry provides additional security patches, improves upon Android’s native Address Space Layout Randomization and reduces the number of system applications and services running with elevated permissions. This makes it more difficult for attackers to compromise the OS.
- FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption: Protects your private information, like pictures or bank information, from being stolen if you were to lose your phone.
- Android for Work and Google Play for Work: Allows for fast, simple and secure integration with an enterprise environment as well as easy access to numerous rich business and IT-managed apps.
- Full Enterprise Mobility Management Support: DTEK60 supports BlackBerry’s powerful suite of EMM applications and secure productivity solutions, including WatchDox by BlackBerry for secure file-sharing, Good Work for business-class email and collaboration tools, Strong Authentication by BlackBerry as a VPN solution, SecuSUITE for Enterprise for secure voice and instant messaging communication, BBM Protected for encrypted messaging and BES12 for secure cross-platform management.
This isn’t a cloned iPhone okay. It’s a super secure iPhone with more concentration on system security, privacy, and encryption.
This unique system, known and trademarked as KryptAll™, starts with a firmware modified encrypted cellular iPhone (model: K iPhone) that codifies the audio of the call so that it is not comprehensible to anybody but to the direct party involved.
KryptAll™ employs certified and universally accepted TLS and SRTP encryption algorithms. The privacy of the phone call is further guaranteed by using an encrypted global infrastructure of servers physically located in over ten nations where telephone interception and tapping is not permitted by law and built so that any internal or external tampering is impossible.
With all these, you should be ready to push out a significant amount of money, approximately $4,500 for a K iPhone. More about this secure smartphone can be found here.
Blackberry Key 2
Just the name Blackberry rings a resounding bell of security and privacy on any device. What would you expect a 2018/2019 Blackberry smartphone to have?
Not just a cool dualcamera, super intelligent keyboard, great battery life, fast CPU and even more, it has a top-notch security and encryption that makes it an enterprise phone.
To round up, the Turing Phone, Boeing Black, Blackphone 2, Blackberry Key 2 and the BlackBerry DTEK60 are the most secure smartphones in the world.
The Blackberry Key 2 has a comfortable fingerprint sensor on the space bar and it works like a magical button. It is preloaded with DTEK by Blackberry, has the first dual main camera setup with portrait mode and optical zoom ever on a Blackberry and a very convenient shortcut options for the buttons.
For browsing, you have the super privacy browser which is no other but, Firefox Focus.
The BB Key 2 features a Snapdragon 660 processor, 3,500mAh battery, Android 8.1, 6GB RAM plus 64/128GB memory and more.