“Smartphones have become the Achilles heel of cyber security. No matter how secure our applications become, they must still execute in an environment designed from the ground up to be a spy device. It is like building a race car and having it powered by a rubber band,” said John McAfee.
The John McAfee privacy phone, named after the antivirus creator who goes by the same name, will feature additional security features — both software and hardware — over other smartphones.
The device will get hardware switches to grant users the ability to disconnect the camera, WiFi antenna, microphone, Bluetooth, GPS, battery and much more.
“The base phone will be procured as an OEM model using the Android operating system and then modified using the skills of MGT’s cyber security team,” MGT stated in a blog post.
The physical buttons will ensure that no one can access these features of the phone even if an attacker remotely circumvents the phone’s software security and gains access to the device, the user can shut him out using the hardware buttons.