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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 FITCamaro on 1/14/2009 3:23:39 PM , Rating: -1
Well considering pretty much all his proposed policies are unconstitutional, he fails on the legal side.

But who cares that the constitution doesn't provide the government with the authority to implement things like national health care.

Anyone hear the details on his health care plan? Free health care for ANYONE who makes under $80,000 a year. Citizenship NOT required.

Say goodbye to your freedom and your money. Its getting voted away.

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
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