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Obama will have to trade his beloved Blackberry for a less sexy, but very secure device

For the vast majority of Americans, we can chat online, send emails, and browse all of the websites we want without much fear of damaging information leaking to powerful enemies. Our smartphones, Blackberry devies, and email may not be that secure, but few of us are in a position where our personal conversations would matter much to anyone else.

The same can’t be said for the President of the United States. President-elect Barrack Obama is a very prolific email user and has said on several occasions that his Blackberry is his most prized gadget.

While Obama could use his Blackberry freely as a Senator, as President he will have to trade his beloved Blackberry in for a less sexy (and user friendly) NSA-approved mobile phone. The reason Obama will need a significantly more secure mobile device is one of national security. Hackers and eavesdroppers could conceivably gain access to private conversations made with the Blackberry. RIM does offer encryption for the Blackberry, but it isn’t up to the standards needed for classified data.

The NSA does have an approved device that Obama can choose once he takes office. The device is the General Dynamics Sectera Edge. The device is a PDA phone that is certified by the NSA to handle top-secret voice communications along with secret email and web sites.

The handset has modules for Wi-Fi, GSM, and CDMA networks. It is said to look like a chunky version of the Palm Treo 750 with an additional display under the keyboard. Price for the Presidential rated handset is $3,350 and it comes with a two-year warranty. The lighter adapter alone costs $100.

The OS for the Sectera is Windows Mobile and includes mobile versions of Word and more. Exactly how the IE browser, well know to be the target of hackers and malicious users, is secured in the handset is unknown. An additional handset will be available at some time in the future from a firm called L-3 communications that is said to be capable of Presidential use.

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RE: I for one...
By MozeeToby on 1/14/2009 12:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
You view it as a naive mistake, I prefer to look at it as an unspoken pledge that he will try to keep his presidency on the up and up. Perhaps he is confident that he can be ethical and legal in the way he runs the country.

That being said, if it ever became 'necissary' to make 'hard choices', he could (and undoubtably will) go into closed door meetings with the people concerned and there still won't be a record of it.

RE: I for one...
By zombiexl on 1/14/2009 2:19:32 PM , Rating: 2
Based on his state senate record (which I'm sure no one cares about) he would vote one way and say he really meant to vote the other way. :)

I look forwad to this quote:
"Yes I veto'd that bill, but I really intended to sign it into law. I must have used the wrong rubber stamp."

RE: I for one...
By KeypoX on 1/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: I for one...
By Cubexco on 1/15/2009 8:25:07 AM , Rating: 1
I sure am glad that our future leader is willing to do everything he can (including trading in his Blackberry for a NSA-approved communication device), so he can continue to stay in touch with the real world, unfiltered!

RE: I for one...
By FITCamaro on 1/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: I for one...
By DigitalFreak on 1/14/2009 4:34:51 PM , Rating: 2
It's amazing how the article is about a cell phone, and you assholes turn it into another Obama bash fest.

RE: I for one...
By MrBlastman on 1/14/2009 4:57:56 PM , Rating: 2
As much as I hate the guy (Obama), I was trying to look out for him from becoming another Nixon. Not bash him.

RE: I for one...
By KeypoX on 1/14/2009 6:11:10 PM , Rating: 3
i think the article is about Obamas cell phone, and his unwavering need to "change".

RE: I for one...
By Spuke on 1/14/2009 6:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
Well, it IS about his cell phone.

RE: I for one...
By Mojo the Monkey on 1/14/09, Rating: -1
"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

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