The Prepper Phone: Survival & Privacy Apps + Offline Tools
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What is the ideal configuration of a smartphone for preppers? Preppers are all into security and self-sustainability, as well as the ability to stay alive during a major grid-down catastrophe. A smartphone can help you with each of these things, even though many survivalists may have reservations about using an item that is always connected to the power grid.
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This video by The Urban Prepper discusses a few different modifications you can make to your phone in order to make it a more effective tool for you as a prepper.
Of course, you should consider either not having a phone, or just having a phone that’s more off-grid and that offers voice and text only. But on the other hand, some preppers like having the everyday convenience of a smartphone, and if you are one of those preppers, you’re going to want to read on.
Here are some basic actions to take for your phone: First and foremost, always use a protective case for your phone. Most of us already do this, but if you do not, you should change that. Always use a wired headset as well. Don’t use a wireless Bluetooth-based headset due to EMF concerns. And of course, always cover your phone’s cameras.
When it comes to disconnecting your smartphone from the power grid, there is an option you can pursue. Specifically, consider carrying your phone around in a Faraday bag to ensure that your whereabouts will not be tracked as you go about your day. This takes your phone completely off-grid (and can also shield it from an EMP attack), and is a good compromise if you prefer to use a smartphone but also don’t like how connected to the grid they are.
Inside of the protective case to your phone, you can store a number of important items, including but not limited to: cash (consider tucking a $20 bill back in there), a memory card, bandages, and a SIM tray tool to make it easy to move your SIM card if necessary.
Security and privacy are always a concern with any smartphone, and even the above options will not be enough to take your smartphone totally off the grid. Get an application firewall, which is used to block network access to apps that do not need it. This will take the only available spot for a VPN, but that’s fine because a VPN does not offer as good of privacy as you may think.
Also encrypt your DNS, which is a good strategy to follow to prevent third parties from tracking your shopping habits. For a more detailed discussion, be sure to check out the video by The Urban Prepper below: