John McAfee, of antivirus fame, reveals "world's most hack-proof" John McAfee Privacy Phone


You may have heard John McAfee's name before: he's most famous for creating the first ever commercial antivirus software, McAfee, though he's long divorced from the company that makes it. Now, he's also branching out into other businesses, apparently – he's officially revealed what he calls the world's 'most hack-proof' smartphone, tastefully named the John McAfee Privacy Phone.

In order to back up this claim, John McAfee's John McAfee Privacy Phone is equipped with several physical switches on the back of the device, letting users manually switch off the battery, the antennas for WiFi, Bluetooth and geolocation, the camera, and the microphone, thus going completely offline. The device, whose back cover containing the switches has curiously not yet been pictured, also hasn't had its specs revealed. John McAfee, however, claims they will be released a week ahead of launch, and that they will be "revolutionary".


John McAfee does have a lot to gain from a privacy-oriented phone such as his John McAfee Privacy Phone, given his own peculiar past involving the authorities. Back in 2012, he was arrested by the Belizean police for unlicensed drug manufacturing and possession of an unlicensed weapon, and a few months later he was also a person of interest in a murder case involving an American expatriate. Also, in 2015 he was arrested for a DUI and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

The John McAfee Privacy Phone will be released through MGT, a cybersecurity firm John McAfee is a head of. It will cost $1,100 and will, as per John McAfee's own words, be "light years ahead of the Blackphone or any other phone claiming to be secure." Work on a second generation has also already started.

source: Newsweek

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17 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What's the specs?

2. drazwy

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Never say hack proof. It's a sure way to guarantee it doesn't stay that way for long.

3. emvxl

Posts: 141; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

So true.

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Interestingly enough he doesn't actually say the phone is hack-proof. The direct quote from the source material: "It is Version 1,” McAfee says. “It is not hack proof but it does give the user enormous power over his or her privacy and it is light years ahead of the Blackphone or any other phone claiming to be secure. “Version 2 will be available in the summer of 2018. It will be as hack proof as humanly possible.”

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Hack proof phone and I see google chrome on the main screen. If you want a hack proof phone maybe you should start by making your own secure browser that doesn't track you all the time making it easy for hackers to intercept all that precious information. A fail is a fail.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You don't know anything about software security do You? Windows, iOS, BlackBerry IS, Android are all certified safe to use by Govts all around the world. The software has to be certified first. Considering browser access the unsafe world of the internet, I can get you govt employees aren't hacked via the web. It's usually because they opened an insecure email.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Chrome is far more secure than Safari. Even Internet Explorer is more secure than Safari. As an example.

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Who said?

5. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

haha most secured phone is Android phone.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Should be an iOS one then?

11. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

It should be a custom OS with a custom kernel and custom everything, so that hacker's would have to figure everything out again just to hack into the 0.001% of the market with this phone. That's secure; when's the last time you heard Windows Phone had a security breach?

7. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

If it was truly secure, there would also be a physical button to destroy all partitions (irrecoverably wipe everything). It could be a boon among crime families.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Hack proof? No way. In this world, if there is a lock, there is a key!

9. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1079; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

There's a physical switch on the back that shuts off the battery? I can see that ending badly. And I would hope this phone is super durable because I'm sure cases with holes for the switches covering the back won't be very safe

12. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

I don't really understand why we need a switch to switch off the battery when the battery can just be made removable. Surely removing the battery from a phone switches it off?

15. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1079; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

considering he plans to have like 5 or 6 switches on the back, its easier to have a sealed back. Unless they copied the G5 and made the battery removable from the bottom

17. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

once you throw a "most" in front of any claims of "____ proof", it basically invalidating the 'proof' part. it makes about as much sense as "most waterproof". its close, but not really.

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