Thursday, March 13, 2014

2182 Pr#va$y

"England swings like a pendulum do" went the old song by Roger Miller. He might easily have included the whole of human culture. Of course by "swings" he meant fun festivities but still, the wider oscillations of human endeavor are just as wild.

Take the whole privacy thing. Mark Zuckerberg, creator of the invasive Facebook, famously proclaimed that privacy was dead. Millennials and then the rest of us rushed to the online exposathons to TMI ourselves to oblivion.

Then came the NSA. Suddenly the things we thought were private weren't private. Okay if we wanted to rail inappropriately about our boss to our circle of semi-close friendlings, but to have the NSA tap into our ravings. No way dude!

So the pendulum is now swinging back the other way. And with it the creation of a number of secure "Blackphones." Like the new one by Boeing. Yes Boeing, the aircraft manufacturer. They're also into all kinds of super-secret spy stuff they equip their planes with for the military. 

Who better to design a phone to keep the spies out? The Boeing Blackphone will self-destruct all data if you try to break into it physically. Unscrewing the rear panel wipes everything out. Most importantly, the phone encrypts everything you text or talk about before scramble-sending the little data bits they go out as over the web or airwaves. It also uses dual SIM cards to allow it to access multiple cell networks so you'll be harder to triangulate. 

Take that, NSA or Russian cyber-hackers. 

Now if the purchasers of Blackphones can only resist adding free apps and games loaded with spyware, the pendulum will have swung totally back. 

And, oh yeah, remember to be discrete.

Not sure how weird you'll look with a dual-encrypted selfie. 

America, ya gotta love it. 

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