We here at Kraden take privacy seriously. Although this has always been a concern for some, only in recent years have the vast majority of the public has become familiar with the scope and scale of how large tech companies and entire governments try and harvest or outright steal our data. The power to prevent this is only in our hands. The first step towards stopping data breaches and private data harvesting can be made by making your phone untraceable. How do you do it and what you get from it?
First of all – phone tracing, what’s there to know about it?
All modern smartphones are registered and tracked. They have a unique identification number called the IMEI. The IMEI can be used to track your phone and identify you by checking all recorded devices against it.
How to find the IMEI number on your Android phone. It’s usually under the category “About Phone”.
If you are untraceable via your device, there is no single item that can be identified as yours. This adds privacy and prevents harm from coming your way.
However, in addition to phone tracking via IMEI, there are also numerous ways that you are involuntarily or doing unaware of being traced and your data being gathered. The best example is your location services and location history. Even though some apps might promise you personalized suggestions and better-optimized services, that marginal increase in quality and accuracy, in our minds, is much less important than the threat of data breaches or prying eyes, gathering your data, and profiting from it.
Making your phone untraceable will give you peace of mind, knowing that no matter what happens with your phone – data breaches or device thefts – there cannot be any harm brought to you, personally. It protects you, your data, and people around you.
For example, you can untraceably make phone calls to share sensitive information without the fear of it getting traced back to you or anyone else related to you. This is important if you want to report a crime, expose a scheme or just do business privately.
An untraceable phone is like a helmet in a chaotic construction site. It protects you from heavy harm.
An example on what kind of data is gathered by tons of different applications.
Can you just buy an untraceable phone?
To start – you can’t just go out and buy an untraceable phone in your regular store. You can either make some updates to a rooted Android phone, voiding your warranty and leaving yourself without tech support, or purchase a tailor-made, privacy-first smartphone with enterprise-grade tech solutions for maximum privacy straight from Kraden. The smartphone runs on Graphene OS – the only security-focused operating software based on Android. In addition, it runs the Titan M chip, which encrypts your data and provides additional protection.
If you own a regular Android or iOS phone, the best defence would be learning to protect yourself by understanding how tracking works and taking some countermeasures to make yourself more immune to data harvesting.
How to protect yourself from data tracing over the phone?
Not everyone has an untraceable phone. This is why we will share some tips on how you can better protect your data on your traceable, regular phone:
- If you continuously use location services, use them less or don’t use them at all. The most privacy-oriented option would be suggesting to use it only when absolutely necessary, but it’s best to avoid this altogether on your phone and buy a separate GPS device that isn’t your phone.
- Choose a privacy-oriented messaging app. Your carrier and large social networks are obliged to keep records of your call and message history for a fixed period of time (the law mandates that). Apps like Kraden encrypt your messages, files, and calls to make sure no server gathers your information without your consent.
- Don’t depend too much on VPNs. The services of a VPN are great when you want to avoid obstacles like political censorship, entertainment restrictions, limited accessibility, etc. However, using a VPN only means that the VPN server gathers your data instead of the internet provider. It’s better but still not ideal.
- Don’t share your phone number with anyone you don’t trust or absolutely need to be in touch with. (Click here to learn more about phone number threats)
- Get a thing called automated call blocking. It will reduce unwanted calls on your phone – spam, scam, and untrusted numbers. Furthermore, whenever you call someone, you will show up as “Unknown” or “Unidentified Caller ID”, further protecting your privacy
- Use a dedicated/separate Android or iOS device for online banking.
- Turn off the apps’ access to various information sources on your device such as location services and push notifications.
- Be careful with what you share on social media networks. These sites gather more data than you can ever imagine and they also do target advertising by slowly and surely gathering every single piece of your behaviour with every click and post that you make.
What are the benefits of having an untraceable phone?
While your mobile IDs are very much traceable, how can you protect your personal information when it is always available online with Google or Facebook to track user behavior?
To protect your personal information from being used for fraudulent or greed-driven intent, you need to ensure that it is untraceable. That is the first, key, and arguably the most important benefit – more privacy for the user.
If your phone is untraceable, you can share even sensitive information about a business or personal matters without falling prey to advertisements, data harvesting, or user profiling from social networks. It might not be comfortable knowing that behind the scenes, your social network has a profile on you that includes many sensitive details. This is also super important in the world of business. With R&D and innovation being very competitive, you need to have as much privacy surrounding your ventures as possible. In addition, there are deals that should remain private until finalised. Even though the media or your competitors might enjoy getting their hands on such information, this might harm your personal, your family’s, or your employee’s well-being.
If your phone is traceable, people that are interested can know who you are, what you do, what you like, what you want, and what you seek. Having an untraceable phone means that you can avoid the greedy intentions of corporations to harvest your data and prevent fraud from coming your way.
Even when entire systems are devised to use tracking for the sake of good, as when people voluntarily installed pandemic-tracing apps to help prevent the spread of it, tracing just doesn’t have the benefit for users that governments and private companies might force you to believe.
Even with voluntary tracing, the people responsible for tracing were only able to reach less than half of those, who were believed to be in danger, associated with their health.
Should you keep your phone or get a new one that’s entirely untraceable?
It is a question that many more are asking themselves. In the wake of the U.S. government’s domestic surveillance programs being exposed by Edward Snowden, people became aware of huge conspiracies even that try to cover up what governments are doing to monitor and control their citizens.
When the public outcry focused on governments, the private sector, with the emergence of social media, found ways to profit from tailoring ads and services to the likes of their customers. While that sounds great on paper, what we know is happening behind the scenes can paint a grim picture. Social networks track your moves and activity almost every step of the way in order to please their true customers – advertisers who pay for ads. Hence, governments began valuing people as objects, and private companies – as a commodity.
With billions in US-government funding, the NSA can collect hundreds of millions of your phone records without you even knowing.
When you have your phone, you might not think, but there are some serious security risks with using it. As we mentioned, both governments and private companies have their own agendas and goals for using your data. This is why untraceable phone services or untraceable cell phones come into play.
With untraceable phones, governments have a much harder time monitoring your online activity and keeping track of you.
The majority of mobile phone providers in the U.S. have been receiving over 35 thousand requests every year from law enforcement agencies asking for cell phone information on customers they want to investigate in some way or another. These requests are made under the US Patriot Act.
What untraceable phone services offer is a phone that does not keep any of your information or activity on it. Even if you are logged into Twitter, for example, untraceable phones do not even allow the app to work as intended by the developer. It blocks all signals from reaching your device allowing for untraceable calls, texts, and internet browsing.
Another great reason to get untraceable phones is that it allows people who are in danger or face persecution of any kind to be untraceable. From political dissidents to the victims of domestic violence, small, but cutting-edge businesses and inventors on the brink of new deals or inventions, untraceable phones can give a sense of security allowing more room to breathe and live a more untraceable life.
When is it safe to share your personal data over the phone?
Your personal data is a part of your identity. Don’t share it with any 3rd party without being personally sure of their intention of using it.
You can likely trust your friends, family, or colleagues more than big data companies and tech giants.
However, there might be times when sharing your data is absolutely safe and will be free of intervention from 3rd parties. This involves establishing a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) communication and using safe communication protocols, such as Signal protocol
to encrypt messages and files, as well as WebRTC for real-time comms. Whenever you are sure that your data passes through unobstructed, without being handled by a third-party server and travels to the intended recipient directly, and is encrypted, you can be sure that it’s safe to share your personal data over the phone.
, for example, encrypts your messages with the AES-256 encryption that is 256 bits, or the highest possible technical level of end-to-end encryption that ensures smooth communication. Messages are end-to-end encrypted, meaning that only the sender and the person or group who got them can know what was said.
We hope that this article sheds some light on making your phone untraceable. As we’ve covered, the device that you’re now using is probably traceable and you can only take steps to minimise exposure. If you want to make your phone truly untraceable, you need a custom OS to install or for the best result – a brand new, custom-built device.
For governments and businesses, there’s too much power to be made and money to be gained respectively, to be ethical about their practices. They will continue to harvest your personal data until they’re caught, and then they’ll try to find new ways to do that. However, if you can be sure that your data travels through P2P communication services, and secure encryption protocols, you can talk privately and safely. Follow our guide and you can be sure that your voice conversations, thoughts, habits, and history of activities online are untraceable and safe.