Gone are the days of cannons and gunpowder in warfare; guns, bombs, and cold wars have been replaced with cyberwars and an inherent need to reinforce cybersecurity and mass surveillance. This has caused concerns over privacy and has resulted in many players in the mobile devices and networks field to explore ways to strengthen the privacy and security of their products for consumers.
The extent to which mass surveillance violates your privacy varies between those who take action and those who bury their heads in the sand. Let’s take a look at what can be done and where you can find the solution to your privacy concerns.
(Graph showing mobile phone internet penetration worldwide from 2014-2019. In 2020, the number of smartphone users worldwide is projected to reach 2.87 billion. Image Source: Statista)
Demand for mobile communication technology continues to grow rapidly around the world. (find stat or graph) The number of wireless subscriptions worldwide was already at 7.7 billion and GSM, LTE and HSPA technologies accounted for nearly all of them. In fact, in the fourth quarter of 2018, the number of LTE subscriptions was around 4 billion.
Coinciding in time is the growth of mobile communication worldwide, increasing mass surveillance, and inherent privacy concerns over the security and privacy of personal and cellular data. Ambitious companies have relentlessly worked towards creating cellular networks that combat security threats. This is no surprise, given the revenue of the security technology and services market was $114.2 billion in 2108.
SIM isn’t just for network authentication, it’s a platform for multiple apps, payments, transit, and other identity-centric features. Your SIM card identifies your device when connecting to your cell network. It also reveals your identity to various services- leaving you with no control over where your data ends up and how it’s used.
How can a cellular network ensure our privacy?
It’s widely understood that the first step towards reducing third party access to your information and minimizing the dangers of your data ending up in the hands of digital giants, is to get a Virtual Private Network. Through which your messages and transactions flow between your device and the connected server within a tunnel-like infrastructure. The encryption on both ends means that your personal and digital data cannot be hacked into.
(Image showing VPN usage around the world. Image Source: Statista)
Traditional VPN servers are hosted by a handful of centralised organisations through which each digital transaction, message, phone call, or communication passes through. They’re mostly controlled by commercial entities that store, keep, and sell your personal and digital data.
So, why then, is there a cause for concern if such VPNs exist and are in high demand? Traditional VPNs essentially store user data on centralised operator servers. Meaning all personal and digital data is readily available and accessible to this central company who can legally sell it.
Anonymous VPNs built to operate on the blockchain do not rely on a central point of control. In a decentralised cellular network with no single authority, the system is automatically made fairer and more secure.
Ano-Phone has too developed an all-inclusive SIM which allows you to stay anonymous online in both, Wi-Fi and Mobile Data networks with its built-in Private VPN for the location of your choice.
Manage your mobile and online identity with end to end encryption to transmit sensitive data to your communication partner peer-to-peer without fears of a man in the middle attack. Your communication is protected from hackers, telecommunications and cloud providers, and mass surveillance, allowing you to operate online privately and securely.
Securely manage your cryptocurrency wallet for Bitcoin on your device. Keeping your privacy in crypto payment systems whilst protecting your online identity and IP addresses. Even blockchain servers cant track your origin IP or personal location details. Ano-Phone encrypts your blockchain transactions and routers them via secure anonymised channels. Meaning they’re safe from man-in-the-middle manipulation attacks.
Switching to a cellular mobile network that understands, values, and provides solutions for your privacy is a sure way to remove yourself from the reach of mass surveillance.
What Is a Distributed ICO?
In our previous posts, we looked at various problems that have negatively impacted the blockchain community. Between the inexperienced CEOs, scammers, money-hungry investors, and impractical projects, it’s not hard to see why so many blockchain projects fail before they really take off.
If blockchain technology is ever going to receive mainstream support, there first needs to be a clean break from the lawless, cowboy image that’s been associated with cryptocurrency since its inception. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Many of the problems which plague blockchain start-ups have become entrenched in the early days practices of the industry.
- Appealing to high-risk investors, not people interested in the technology.
- Too much focus on maximizing profits, not enough attention to building a loyal following.
- Spending more time hyping projects than actually delivering on promises.
To solve these problems and increase legitimacy in blockchain projects, we’re proposing a new solution: the Distributed ICO. By addressing these issues in the early stages of a project’s lifespan, we can reduce the obstacles standing in the way between blockchain technology and mainstream adoption.
How does the Distributed ICO work?
The Distributed ICO seeks to keep blockchain projects on the right course, from their earliest stages all the way to their public release — and beyond. It does this by making sure that the interests of the…
Why the Whales Couldn’t Care Less
What’s wrong with crypto investing?
If you ask traditional investors, you’ll probably get responses like:
- Most projects have zero transparency.
- There are too many impractical solutions being developed.
- Few project leaders have the business experience needed to successfully launch their platform.
While three distinctly different issues, they can all be traced back to one major problem: Most projects don’t consider the needs of the traditional investor, which can be a crucial mistake when going after, excuse the pun, the big fish. This is because too many blockchain startups focus on attracting whales rather than the functional, conservative crypto investor.
This causes a number of long-term problems which can negatively affect the integrity of a project. For starters, whales aren’t necessarily interested in the long-term success of the project. They’re looking to invest in a startup when the price is low, then sell as soon as they’re able to maximize their profits.
Whales Aren’t Concerned with the Project
Naturally, there will be whales looking for investment opportunities everywhere, not just in the crypto space. However, the problem with blockchain projects is that they become so whale-oriented that companies start to lose the scope of their initial goals and objectives and wind up catering to whales rather than the blockchain community and their long-term investors.
What’s more, many whales end up manipulating the value of tokens to further…
Why Blockchain Projects Keep Failing
If you’ve been keeping up with news coming out of the blockchain community over the past year, you’ve probably heard countless projects hyped as the next best thing—only for them to fall off completely off the map a few months later. While some of these projects offered no practical solutions and seemed destined to fail, others creatively used blockchain technology to enhance the way we perform day-to-day tasks.
So, What’s the Problem?
For starters, many of these founders have no real experience running a business or managing finances. Instead, teams are usually comprised of programmers and tech geeks with the ability to develop blockchain-driven apps, but have no clue about project management, allocating resources, effective team building or marketing.
What’s more, when you look at the average blockchain start-up’s website, you’ll probably find a list of team members with accolades a mile long. And many of these “achievements” are in similar blockchain projects that have yet to take off. This makes it hard to distinguish between what is hype and what is credible information, which scares off all but the high-risk investor.
Project Success Starts at the Team Level
The sudden interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology can be compared to the California Gold Rush. Everyone wants to get in on the ground floor so that they can make as much money as possible.
Unfortunately, this mentality isn’t just…