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Don’t throw out that old phone — turn it into a privacy device

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Nov 3, 2015.

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    Most forms of communication used by enterprises these days are highly prone to being intercepted, whether by law enforcement, cyberthieves, corporate spies, or wayward employees and contractors. That leaves enterprise IT open to new approaches to safeguard communications. I just saw one creative idea on the Lifehacker website suggesting that outdated mobile devices could be used as top-secret, Wi-Fi-based privacy devices.

    The core of this idea is that old smartphones that are no longer tied to a cellular network can use Wi-Fi (preferably someone else’s, to ensure non-traceability); a number-assigning service to send text messages or even place calls; and a VPN to encrypt the texts and anonymize location. Lifehacker focused on the usefulness of such privacy devices for law-abiding individuals. But I think enterprises could benefit too.

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