Donald Trump had to trade-in his Android tweeting machine for a more secure device

Like President Barack Obama before him, Donald Trump will also have to give up his personal smartphone and replace it with one that the intelligence agencies deem to be secure for the office. In fact, new reports indicate that Donald Trump has already traded in his Galaxy smartphone that he used more than once for tweeting purposes.

Trump this week was forced to give up his Trump 757 plane for an Air Force jet, The New York Times reports, and then he swapped his Android phone for a “secure, encrypted device approved by the Secret Service with a new number that few people possess.”

That also means that the usual people who’d call Trump on his personal number won’t be able to reach him.

It’s unclear at this time whether Trump will be allowed to use any other additional smartphone on top of what he’s forced to use as President. It’s also unclear how the president will send out tweets now that his phone is gone.

Before Trump, Obama also tried to hold on to his beloved personal phone when he became president, a BlackBerry handset. He was ultimately able to keep it after it had suffered some modifications.

Last summer, President Obama told Jimmy Fallon that he did upgrade to a smartphone since then: A phone that can’t call anybody, install apps or take pictures.

Obama also had a phone that he used to tweet, The Associated Press notes, but he rarely hit send on a Tweet himself, and never without coordinating with his staff. The report also said that Obama moved from BlackBerry to an iPhone that let him send and receive emails from a limited group of people and browse the internet.

Unlike Trump, Obama wasn’t known to place or receive calls on his own phone, and all calls were routed through the official White House switchboard instead.

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  • DrArtaud

    Android, the Fisher Price of operating systems. One problem was a “memory leak”, another poor memory management, maybe more so on older versions. I’ve never found it to be particularly reliable, in any version. That said, it’s all I own, all I’ve ever owned. I do not like Apple, cannot get the apps I want from Blackberry, not even from Microsoft, though downloading Apps from the Google Play Store is not something the president should ever do, and the system, as built for John and Jane Q. Public, is not sufficiently protected, even for hillary.

    Flashlight apps for example, where’s the harm in that? Right? One potential source is unneeded permissions. Here’s a real example of the permissions on one Flashlight app available in the Google Play Store.
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    Can access: Device & app history / retrieve running apps

    Identity: Find accounts on the device

    Contacts: Find accounts on the device

    Phone: Read phone status and identity

    Photos/Media/Files: Read the contents of your USB storage / modify or delete the contents of your USB storage

    Storage: Read the contents of your USB storage / modify or delete the contents of your USB storage

    Camera: Take pictures and videos

    Wi-Fi connection information: view Wi-Fi connections

    Device ID & call information: Read phone status and identity

    Other: Close other apps / View network connections / Control flashlight / Full network access / Run at startup / Draw over other apps / Control vibration / Prevent device from sleeping.
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    The above permissions are ludicrous for an app that turns-on and keeps on the cell phone’s LED camera flash to serve as a flashlight.

    Article Link: Flashlight apps are spying on users Android, iOS, Windows Phone smartphones, is yours on the list?

    Article Link: 10 best Android flashlight apps with no extra permissions

    Even the 10 best (according to the article) Android flashlight apps can have changes in the permissions overnight, always check before downloading any app and look for changes in permissions before updating existing apps.

    And by all means, Turn-off “Auto Updates” in the Google Play Store, then check back weekly, or every few weeks, and manually update any apps you’d care to update. Also always read the reviews of the app before updating, and sort the reviews by “most recent”, as others that similarly updated and had problems will show up there. Don’t update if you see too many complaints or bad reviews you think may impact your device or how you use it.

    With spring coming soon, the weather will change, often producing very strong winds and tornados that effect the south early in the spring, and through fall other parts of the country. Never, ever, ever, solely rely on cell phone apps or tablet computer apps to protect your life and the lives of families, friends, neighbors, and others in your charge, but that said, there are some nice Android weather apps. I have reviewed the ones I own, mostly from their strong points, that might benefit others following weather, warnings, and the like. I also covered the non-app ways we keep apprised of severe weather.

    Article Link: Weather Apps for Android and Weather Links

    And, fresh off the press, my blog entry on: Article Link: Headlamps I Have Known. Something that can benefit people during bad and good weather. Again, these are ones I have known, many other great ones exist that aren’t covered.