Choosing the right phone for you

May 09 , 2022

Choosing the right phone for you

Understand  your risks

When choosing an Omerta handset we recommend taking a simple risk assessment to identify your requirements. Understanding the level of risk helps establish your needs & you should be asking questions such as:

  1. Could you be considered a high-value target for potential hackers?
  2. Are the people you contact considered at risk also?
  3. Whom are you protecting your device from?
  4. Do you need to protect your location?
  5. What level of resource could these parties rely upon to hack your device?
  6. What is the impact on you or others should your device be hacked by these parties?

Choose the handset appropriate to the risk

We recommend the DB-9 should your device be at risk by state-sponsored players or large Enterprise-grade institutions. If your phone can be forensically analyzed over a significant period of time by technically advanced bad actors then you want as many defenses in place to deter attackers. This is because a clever attacker will utilize many different vectors to penetrate your handset & use trial and error to narrow down their attack.

The DB-9 has encryption built into its very marrow. The handsets hardware has been reviewed & entry points such as the radio antenna, the speakers, USB Port & sensors have been replaced with military grade hardware. This immediately renders most attacks inert. The inclusion of the Knox chip further enhances the credentials whilst the Forte software provides a security layer that previously had only been accessible to large enterprise actors.

However, if your requirements are such that sustained, high resource attack is unlikely or, on event of expending large amounts of resources, you feel the impact to you is negligible  then the G series is an excellent secure phone.

So to conclude, SME & privacy concerned individuals will benefit from the G series where as Journalists, Academics, Researchers, Solicitors, Medical Staff, Military & Politicians should consider the DBS, especially where by the data in question has significant value.

Is your location a problem?

If you wish to shield your location whilst using your phone then you should also consider an encrypted SIM card. Whilst the DB-9 offers a dynamic IMEI, changing every 30 seconds, it is still possible for a network to triangulate the SIM card (this is done at a network level, not handset). To offset this our encrypted SIM cards provide geographic protection by rendering accurate triangulation impossible. 

Are others a weak point?

Certain customers may be in a position where whom they communicate with is another risk factor & these parties may also be at risk of compromising your privacy. You can reduce this risk by ensuring they use Signal Private Messenger & enabling basic features such as self-destructing messages but this will not protect them from malicious apps leaking your data or bad actors hacking their handsets. 

Remove the risk. Demand Omerta.