Oh how we love to talk about technology and the lives of public figures, don’t we? I guess that while we’re at it, there is none better to talk about than the new US President and his affinity for his Blackberry?
As much as a lot of people might love this revolutionary device, it cannot be denied that it does present some security issues. As any other wireless device that transmits data over the airwaves, there is a certain degree of risk. Anyone can intercept the signals emanating from the devices as well as the signals going to it. If we’re merely talking about you and me, it should not be that much of an issue – I got nothing to hide, really. But then again, if you’re talking about the leader of the greatest nation on earth (albeit subject to argument), it’s a totally different matter.
All throughout his campaign Obama was seen fiddling with his Blackberry. Now that he is president, will the status quo be maintained? Rumor has been going around that he is now to use a really high tech gadget, the Sectera Edge, which is made by General Dynamics, a defense contractor. This baby is no ordinary smartphone and costs more than your usual computer. At $3,350, it runs on Windows but is NSA certified to be as secure as secure can be.
But is Obama really using the Edge? Sorry to disappoint tech fans out there but it seems that Obama is still using the BlackBerry 8830.