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Re: [tor-talk] How safe is smartphones today?
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On 04/02/2014 07:01 PM, anonymous coward wrote:
> Many people use TOR or secure ways to chat on smartphones.
> The last months have reveiled how hard secret services attack our
> This leads me to the question, how secure are our smartphones at
It comes down to what are you afraid of?
If it is dragnet surveillance, logging, censorship and other
networked-based threats, then using Orbot, ChatSecure, TextSecure,
SilentCircle, RedPhone, etc, makes a lot of sense. If you are living
in Turkey, and you are trying to get to Twitter, using Orbot on your
phone and setting the Twitter app's proxy to localhost:8118, solves
your problem. If you don't want your SMS message history logged by
your telco (or a state-sponsored surveillance system), then using
TextSecure or ChatSecure solves the problem as well.
However, if there is any chance that you are under threat for a
targeted attack, then the requirements for "secure" are many orders of
magnitude higher. In this case, as others have said on the thread,
using a non-baseband mobile device (like a Nexus tablet) with as open
firmware as possible (replicant, omnirom), and without Google
Apps/Accounts, gets your pretty far.
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