In recent years, as smartphone technology has gotten more and more sophisticated, the privacy concerns among smartphone users have also risen exponentially.
A major reason for these growing concerns is the exposure notorious whistle blower Edward Snowden has brought on to mass surveillance programs run by the world governments.
These programs are essentially designed to turn your own smartphone against you, by tapping into various models of communication such as cellular, Bluetooth, radio and Wi-fi.
While we can’t really stop the government from running these programs, we can still try and prevent our own smartphones from being exposed to their reach.
This was the thought process behind the development of the new Anti-Surveillance Smartphone Case. This concept device is the result of work done by Edward Snowden himself, in collaboration with hacker Andrew Huang.
The great thing about this device is that it is hardware based, as it uses your smartphones SIM card slot to get access to your phone internals.
This way it can’t be hoodwinked by software abnormalities. Not only that, since it makes your SIM card slot indisposable, it also comes with it’s own SIM card slot, which also gets enhanced protection.
This way, not only do you get to know when and how your phone is being accessed, but you can also use a kill switch to easily cut the power and disconnect the SIM to prevent it from happening.
This design and technology behind this prototype hasn’t been tested in a production version yet, but you can still find this information in a paper titled Against the Law: Countering Lawful Abuses of Digital Surveillance.
The hope behind making this information open source is that one day soon enough, these types of cases would become a common accessory for smartphone users.