The Feds Can Now (Probably) Unlock Every iPhone Model In Existence

Do you own an iPhone? If so, you have lost some of your privacy. Writing in Forbes, Thomas Fox-Brewster reports that:

“In what appears to be a major breakthrough for law enforcement, and a possible privacy problem for Apple customers, a major U.S. government contractor claims to have found a way to unlock pretty much every iPhone on the market.

“Cellebrite, a Petah Tikva, Israel-based vendor that’s become the U.S. government’s company of choice when it comes to unlocking mobile devices, is this month telling customers its engineers currently have the ability to get around the security of devices running iOS 11. That includes the iPhone X…”

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Security 101: How To Keep Your Data Private, Step by Step

Got nothing to hide? Think again.

You may change your mind after reading this great article by Zack Whittaker in the ZDNet web site at http://www.Zdnet.Com/article/simple-security-step-by-step-guide/.

I will add one item to Whittaker’s statements about Signal, the popular cell phone app for encrypted messaging. Everything he wrote is correct but he neglected to mention that the app is only secure if both persons in the conversation are using Signal. If only one person uses Signal and exchanges text messages with non-Signal users, the texts sent and received are unencrypted and just as vulnerable to online spies and hackers as any other text messaging app.

I like Signal and use it often. You can download Signal here.


The Privacy Enthusiast’s Guide to Using an iPhone

Are you using a cell phone? I bet you are. There’s a reason that I wrote The Tracking Device in Your Pocket, an article that is still available at: I wrote:

“Do you really want the police and who knows who else tracking you?

“If the police can track you, undoubtedly so can other government agencies. Also, information about how to track someone doesn’t remain secret for long so we can assume that corporations and private hackers around the world can see the same information, whether it is legal to do so or not. Yes, the hackers in China and in Uzbekistan and all other countries can also track you right now.”

If you are using an iPhone, you might want to read The Privacy Enthusiast’s Guide to Using an iPhone by Thorin Klosowski at:

Many of the suggestions in Klosowski’s article also apply to Android phones.

If You’re Using an Android Phone, Google may be Tracking Every Move You Make

Google holds more extensive data on Android users than some ever realize. That data can be used by the company to sell targeted advertising and to track into stores those consumers who saw ads on their phone or computer urging them to visit. This also means governments and courts can request the detailed data on an individual’s whereabouts.

An article by David Yanofsky in the Quartz web site describes the problems. You can find the article at:

If you don’t want to be tracked, switching to an iPhone will not solve your problem. Apple also tracks users although perhaps not as much as Google does. However, I have written in the past about cell phones that are much more secure than the iPhones or the normal Android phones. See my past articles at:

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StealthCrypto Cell Phone Makes Privacy a Priority

The following announcement was written by the folks at StealthCrypto™:

DALLAS, Dec. 26, 2017  — StealthCrypto™ is launching the world’s largest decentralized, community-distributed, telecommunications network in less than 48 hours. The much-anticipated ICO opens pre-token sales at midnight on Dec. 28, 2017, and is expected to sell out rapidly due to the fluctuation of the cryptocurrency market. Sharky Ashmore, CEO of BTC Media Group, states, “The bitcoin has so much movement that investors are looking for a stable, investment-grade place and StealthCrypto™ is as stable and profitable as we have seen in the past six months.” The smartphone features include full privacy with hard kill switches and a built-in privacy control center whereby the user is always in total control.

Larry Castro, CEO of StealthCrypto™, says, “One of the most impressive features of the phone is the wallet which allows various currencies and the privacy app included on the  StealthCrypto™ page ensures approval from the user with IBE and split encryption authentication integration.” The StealthCrypto CloudTM NAS (Network-Attached System) is fully decentralized with files distributed and stored all over the world on multiple containers. The network is robust to attacks and therefore has no central point of weakness.

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StealthCrypto Launches Privacy for Mobile Phones Worldwide

The following announcement was written by StealthCrypto:

DALLAS, Dec. 23, 2017 — Privacy and mobile phones have never been a very good combination until now. Stealth Grid has developed, tested and manufactured the first totally encrypted mobile phone in the industry and will soon launch an ICO. Pre-sale of the StealthCrypto™ ICO begins Dec. 28, 2017, with millions already viewing this IoT (Internet of Things) cyber technology at “Everything we do at StealthCrypto™ is designed to keep the consumer’s actions and functions private and provide the strongest cyber cloud security service available,” says Larry Castro, CEO of Stealth Grid Technology. The technology is simple yet complex by decentralizing “end-to-end” split encryption and security. Private files are compressed and split encrypted prior to being uploaded by a proprietary Dynamic Geo-Distribution™ throughout data-at-rest and data-in-flight so the consumer can trust that all files, large or small, are sent securely.

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Volunteers Around the World Build Surveillance-Free Cellular Network Called ‘Sopranica’

Most people in the United States—and increasingly, around the world—carry the most sophisticated surveillance devices ever created in their pockets day in and day out. Although smartphones have enabled governments and corporations to track our movements and monitor our conversations with unprecedented ease, these devices are also an incredibly useful personal tool and have become an indispensable part of modern life.

Sopranica is a do-it-yourself grass roots project to create a competitive community-oriented cell phone network. “Sopranica is a project intended to replace all aspects of the existing cell phone network with their freedom-respecting equivalents,” says Denver Gingerich, the programmer behind Sopranica. “Taking out all the basement firmware on the cellphone, the towers that track your location, the payment methods that track who you are and who owns the number, and replacing it so we can have the same functionality without having to give up all the privacy that we have to give up right now. At a high level, it’s about running community networks instead of having companies control the cell towers that we connect to.”

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