Hearing name McAfee, the first thing that hits mind will be security software and is obvious as the Intel-owned brand's antivirus software is one of the well-liked brand around the world. Creating a buzz its maker John McAfee, has recently publicized that the 'John McAfee Privacy Phone' - which has been claimed to be world's most hack-proof phone - will be coming out later this year from his MGT security firm.
Speculating how the 'John McAfee Privacy Phone' will offer you extra security over general smartphones? Don’t worry, it will feature hardware switches at the back that will let the users to cut off the battery, the antennas for Wi-Fi, the camera, Bluetooth and geolocation, and even the microphone, John McAfee told Newsweek. The security features will come with their value as the smartphone will be made obtainable with a heavy price tag of $1,100 (roughly Rs. 70,700). It will run a version of Android.
On its statement blog post earlier this year, MGT said, "The base phone will be procured as an OEM model using the Android operating system, and then modified using the skills of MGT's cybersecurity team."
"It also will not allow the phone to connect to a Stingray or any other IMSI catcher device. In addition, it contains a Web search anonymiser," John McAfee was quoted as saying in the Newsweek report. Remarkably, the company did elucidate that even though it will be most hack-proof phone in the world, it will still not be completely hack-proof.
"It is Version 1... It is not hack proof but it does give the user enormous power over his or her privacy and it is light years ahead of the BlackPhone or any other phone claiming to be secure. "Version 2 will be available in the summer of 2018. It will be as hack proof as humanly possible," McAfee was reported as saying.
Whereas the phone specifications will be rolled out just a week in advance of its official launch, the device has already drawn criticism. While hardware switches can fetch ease in separating the device from networks, anybody with the physical admission to the product will be proficient to get access to this functionality, as pointed out in a report by The Verge. John McAfee has not detailed the software features of the security provided with the phone and how it plans to defend it alongside the Stingray spying tool.
While we just have to wait and see if the phone will be capable to stand by its security promises and as it is enterprise-focused device, it might be a dangerous scheme if it does not turn out to be as safe and secure as proclaimed by John McAfee.