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Secure-Phone
If you want make secure phone calls, these phone Misers look pretty good. A little pricey, but can you really put a cost on privacy? Yes, $295 for one, and a second for $195 (you need 2).

For absolute secure phone calls, The Secure-Phone-Miser is a secure telephone unit that utilizes multiple unique encryption algorithms with 1 million user programmable codes to secure voice communication links and provide maximum security. The Secure-Phone-Miser provides privacy for confidential conversations even if a line is electronically tapped. Eavesdroppers will not be able to decipher the contents of the secure phone communication link. The Secure-Phone-Miser can secure multiple phone links for conference calling. A maximum of ten (10) links may be secured simultaneously. Connects between handset and your phone base.

The Secure-Phone-Miser – [via] – Link.

And in other secure phone call news – here’s a free way to encrypt your VoIP calls, now for Windows. You can use this with Project Gizmo.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. radiorental says:

    500 notes for something that wont encrypt who I call, the time I called them nor the duration. Just the contents of the call. Fairly pointless.

    And while I’m ranting… there are more ‘things’ tracking me online everyday, I’m not worried about the possibility of the NSA listening to the contents of the call to my girlfriend. All this NSA privacy concern is very misplaced.

  2. philliptorrone says:

    yah, zfone is sorta neat – i’m hoping it will be part of the default with gizmo at some point. id like to see more articles/how-tos on securing data, seems each week another laptop filled with 250k people’s info walks away somewhere.

  3. dext3r says:

    good, glad you’re not worried. piss away privacy rights for the rest of us, just because you dont care. great.

  4. Oracle1729 says:

    Unfortunately, using this will just raise a big red flag over your name in the NSA database.

    Radiocentral, how about if the NSA installs cameras in your bedroom and bathroom? If you’ve got nothing to hide, you won’t mind.

  5. tomaco59 says:

    1 million keys is equivalent to 20 bit crypto, which is trivial to crack. Go for triple DES instead!

  6. radiorental says:

    again, you’re all worried about the NSA.. sure thats a problem. But you guys should be more concerned about companies and online privacy.

    Your concerns are COMPELETLY misplaced.

  7. radiorental says:

    “Radiocentral, how about if the NSA installs cameras in your bedroom and bathroom? If you’ve got nothing to hide, you won’t mind.”

    Thats an idiotic statement. The NSA doesnt have the capability to currectly record or calls, nor do they have the capability or resource to actually make any use of billions of call details (numbers/time, not content)

    Take a set back and really think about what is more important to you. Whether someone listens to your call to grandma wishing her a happy birthday or your online banking details.

  8. tms10000 says:

    “Thats an idiotic statement. The NSA doesnt have the capability to currectly record or calls, nor do they have the capability or resource to actually make any use of billions of call details (numbers/time, not content)”

    How do you know they don’t have any of the capabilities you list? Do you work for them? Do you have inside info?

    And saying that after it is revealed that they actually collected call details on american citizen (I did not think they were allowed to do that) This is the equivalent of “Nothing to see, move along” when indeed there is something to see.

    What is idiotic is to favor one kind of security instead of another. I want neither of these:
    – NSA spying on me.
    – Stranger impersonating me for their personal gain (a.k.a “identity theft”)
    – People coming into my home and stealing my stuff.
    – police enforcement conducting random search in the hope of uncovering something illegal.

    This is a package deal, I want security in all directions, and I want it for everyone. History 101: the fight between citizen powers and governments is not exactly a new thing.

    Thinking that the NSA spying on you is harmless IS idiotic, especially when your opinion has no real fundation.

    In other news, this product sounds weak. Anything that pitches security by encryption better talk to me about what algorithm they use (and it better be a good one, one that’s proven to be good: 3des, AES, twofish, RSA …) and how in the hell you exchange keys over an unsecure channel.

  9. radiorental says:

    “and how in the hell you exchange keys over an unsecure channel.” I assume thats why you buy two! or use shared public key.

    How do I know what the NSA can or cant do. I do my research and listen to the news and I happen to know a little bit about communications.

    If you read my comments you’d note that I dont like the NSA either, the fact that there is a national syping agency in the first place is wrong. But listen my friend, just think about the billion and billions and BILLIONS of bits that are transfered every single second of every single day.. for years on end. You telling me that the alledged capabilities to track call numbers (not content) is as big a concern for you as companies sharing your personal, financial, online tracking, toll road payments etc.

    Also, you should know that any hacker worth their salt can tell you your phone bill and call history. All of a sudden its a shock that the NSA _may_ be doing the same. Wake up and smell the coffee.

  10. Oracle1729 says:

    radiorental, have you had your head in the sand for the past month?

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-05-10-nsa_x.htm
    The NSA is building a database of every phonecall made in the US.

    We know about this database because of a leak. As a direct result of this leak, the NSA is no accessing reporter’s phone records *without warrants* to track down any leaks they feel like.

    The justice department has said they will prosecute reporters who write about leaks. That’s in direct violation of the first amendment, which the justice department acknowledges but says the constitution must take a back seat to the NSA.

    The EFF and ACLU sued AT&T for giving information to the NSA *without warrants*. The white house has stepped in and blocked that lawsuit from going through by saying it will reveal information that is a threat to national security.

  11. Paul.Harrison says:

    As tomaco59 says, 1 million keys is not secure.

    Suggest encrypted VoIP. Skype claims to be encrypted, or Philip Zimmermann’s ZFone. There are many freely available options.

    Disguising who you are calling would be the real trick, eg using something like Tor.

  12. radiorental says:

    “The NSA is building a database of every phonecall made in the US.”

    Alledged and you misquote. NSA is collecting millions of call details, not every phonecall. I’ve known about the secret rooms in AT&T SF, the fibre splitter plans have been available on the net from a whistleblower.

    “We know about this database because of a leak. As a direct result of this leak, the NSA is no accessing reporter’s phone records *without warrants* to track down any leaks they feel like.”

    Firstly we dont know the facts but lets assume the worst. IS this a big surpise to you? And the guy that signed off on this is now going to be the head of the CIA. I’m puzzled at why all of a sudden this is news, please read my comments. THERE ARE FAR GREATER SECURITY ISSUES YOU SHOULD CONCERN YOURSELF WITH, being worried about the NSA, while an issues, pales compared to the privacy issues that affect you every day.

    “The justice department has said they will prosecute reporters who write about leaks. That’s in direct violation of the first amendment, which the justice department acknowledges but says the constitution must take a back seat to the NSA.”

    Just scare tactics, they have a leg to stand on.

    “The EFF and ACLU sued AT&T for giving information to the NSA *without warrants*. The white house has stepped in and blocked that lawsuit from going through by saying it will reveal information that is a threat to national security.”

    That not true at all. The EFF suit is proceeding at full steam last time I checked (yesterday), get your facts sorted.

  13. radiorental says:

    “The NSA is building a database of every phonecall made in the US.”

    Alledged and you misquote. NSA is collecting millions of call details, not every phonecall. I’ve known about the secret rooms in AT&T SF, the fibre splitter plans have been available on the net from a whistleblower.

    “We know about this database because of a leak. As a direct result of this leak, the NSA is no accessing reporter’s phone records *without warrants* to track down any leaks they feel like.”

    Firstly we dont know the facts but lets assume the worst. IS this a big surpise to you? And the guy that signed off on this is now going to be the head of the CIA. I’m puzzled at why all of a sudden this is news, please read my comments. THERE ARE FAR GREATER SECURITY ISSUES YOU SHOULD CONCERN YOURSELF WITH, being worried about the NSA, while an issues, pales compared to the privacy issues that affect you every day.

    “The justice department has said they will prosecute reporters who write about leaks. That’s in direct violation of the first amendment, which the justice department acknowledges but says the constitution must take a back seat to the NSA.”

    Just scare tactics, they have a leg to stand on.

    “The EFF and ACLU sued AT&T for giving information to the NSA *without warrants*. The white house has stepped in and blocked that lawsuit from going through by saying it will reveal information that is a threat to national security.”

    That not true at all. The EFF suit is proceeding at full steam last time I checked (yesterday), get your facts sorted.

  14. Oracle1729 says:

    “Just scare tactics, they have a leg to stand on.”

    So it’s totally okay with you for the justice department to say the bill of rights no longer applies? Because you *think* it’s a scare tactic? Even if it is a scare tactic, it’s way over the line. Especially when they’ve already through out other amendments such as the 4th.

    “NSA is collecting millions of call details, not every phonecall. I’ve known about the secret rooms in AT&T SF, the fibre splitter plans have been available on the net from a whistleblower.”

    If it were legitimate, the NSA could have obtained warrants and would not have had to keep the program a secret. This is the major issue, why are they so afraid of judidcial oversight?

    “THERE ARE FAR GREATER SECURITY ISSUES YOU SHOULD CONCERN YOURSELF WITH, being worried about the NSA, while an issues, pales compared to the privacy issues that affect you every day.”

    Name one.

    Terrorist attacks? Less than 4,000 people were killed on US soil by terriorists in the past 20 years. Over 80,000 are killed *every year* in car accidents. 30,000 people are murdered every year in the US by guns alone. You don’t see cars and guns being outlawed. Why is it okay for civil rights to go out the window?

    Are you aware that the US debt is $8.4 trillion, or $28,000 for every human in the country? It’s also growing by $2 billion every day. Most of this debt has been racked up in the past few years. At the same time education and health care have had their funding slashed. More people are dying now due to lack of health care funding than terrorists could hope to kill.

    The debt to gdp ratio is getting so high there is a serious danger of the american economy collapsing. We’re already seeing the dollar dropping like a stone.

  15. radiorental says:

    I suggest you stop being a paranoid conspriacist and read my previous comments. I’m repeating myself but… you should be more concerned about your online privacy than with an alledged database which stores a small portion of the totaly call details made in the US.

    I’m not sure why you’re bring up 9/11 or the deficit.

    peace – out.

  16. ahmadagha23 says:

    Dear friends;
    I am building a voice encryptor board for telephony use based on TMS C54 DSP. Is the secure-phone-miser also based on DSP? which DSP?
    Do you know any telephony encryptor based on TMS DSPs?

    regards