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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: Please hire an editor!
By zombiexl on 1/14/2009 12:58:30 PM , Rating: 2
I;m sure they will as soon as most americans learn the difference between president and president elect. He's not the president until he is sworn in.

I know its nit picking, but isnt that what you are doing?


RE: Please hire an editor!
By Epsil0n00 on 1/14/09, Rating: 0
RE: Please hire an editor!
By zombiexl on 1/14/2009 2:15:28 PM , Rating: 2
I'm done with Bush too, but I'm not too encouraged by whats coming.

I was just pointing out that the majority of people who voted (not just those who voted fro Obama) believe that Obama was president the moment the networks starting calling the election.

Well that and being nitpicky just to screw with you for being nitpicky. :)


RE: Please hire an editor!
By FITCamaro on 1/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: Please hire an editor!
By retrospooty on 1/14/2009 4:16:43 PM , Rating: 4
Right... The whole world telling him he is wrong didnt effect his decision to continue being wrong. Doesnt listen to anyone's advice including his own advisors (COlin Powell) when they disagree, they are out. GREAT traights to have in the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth. :P


RE: Please hire an editor!
By Amiga500 on 1/14/2009 4:35:26 PM , Rating: 4
Bush is a tool man!

A total imbecile - I wouldn't trust him to sweep the streets properly!


RE: Please hire an editor!
By zombiexl on 1/14/2009 5:35:40 PM , Rating: 2
Judicial appointments and the tax cuts are about the only thing Bush did that is remotely conservative.

On the other hand he let tax rebates go to people who paid no tax (I wish i could get product rebates without buying the product), didn't do crap about illegals, etc, etc, etc....


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