John McAfee to 'defeat NSA' with Decentral - a $100 gizmo that keeps your Android or iPhone private

John McAfee to 'defeat NSA' with Decentral - a $100 gizmo that keeps your Android or iPhone private
When not quarreling with Belize neighbors on dog matters or teaching yoga, eccentric software security veteran John McAfee is getting peeved by the NSA's recently disclosed surveillance techniques. He even made the crazy video below advising folks how to uninstall the product of his former antivirus company, hinting that those pieces of software are part of the vast collection of NSA backdoors to your digital existence.

Now John McAfee is taking the privacy matter in his own capable hands, announcing at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center that his team is working on Decentral - a device that will put a wrench in NSA's abilities to track your phone's content and whereabouts. "There will be no way [for the government] to tell who you are or where you are," claims McAfee.

Offered first for Android and iOS handsets, Decentral is supposed to cost around $100, and create a "floating" network around your device that can't be peeped into from outside. The protection range is expected to be around three blocks in an urban environment, and about a quarter mile or 400 meters in the open.

The inventor mentioned that the Decentral project has been on his mind for a while, but he is now fasttracking it in light of the NSA surveillance scandal, and the first prototype is six months away. If Decentral gets banned by the government, he has a contingency plan: "I'll sell it in England Japan, the Third World. This is coming and cannot be stopped."

Disclaimer: NSFW, foul language

source: ITWire



1. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

If that $100 translates to to £70 in the UK (What it should be) then i may purchase one. Most likely, however, that $100 will translate to £110 after tax making it too pricey

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Well the McAfee security software on Windows was a completely joke. Let's see if he can finally put it off with this.

3. JC557

Posts: 1920; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

He has a stake in this as well since this device can help him make a clean-ish getaway next time... =P

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Interesting.....but how? A chip?

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Good one John. :D Don't believe this nonsense kiddos, it's an impossibility to rig the system, triangulation and access to network, WiFi & GPS-based location is fairly simple no matter what precautions you take. And if it does work in a quite useless 3-block radius, then the moment you buy the product, NSA will have a reason to track you personally, why give them one? This of course could be an NSA scam, the most protection McAfee can get living his wild life is working for the Government.

6. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Agreed Bone. Don't want to be tracked. Turn off your cell phone or throw it out. It's the ONLY way to pull this off. Considering how cell phone technology works it just doesn't make sense.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Turning off cell phones won't do much, aka Lookout Premium and Comodo Internet Security.

9. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

if phone==off then antenna=off

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice technology in works.

10. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Here's how to make your phone untrackable: Turn it off and take out the battery if possible. Oh, but you won't be able to make or receive calls, or use data. Sorry. If the towers can find you, so can the NSA. What is this guy smoking? Oh, yeah.

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Don't be surprised to find someday that NSA paid him $100 per copy sold. Just another ploy for spying :)

13. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

So very true... Resistance is futile.

12. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Now people like this are cashing in on the hysteria craze of government spying on your secret porn stash. Geez.

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