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Smartphones are inherently bad for privacy. You've basically got a tracking device in your pocket, pinging off cell towers and locking onto GPS satellites. All the while, the handset's data connection ensures that tracking cookies, advertising IDs, and usage stats follow you around the internet.

So no, there's no such thing as a perfectly secure and truly private smartphone, let's get that out of the way now. But in the information age, you practically need a smartphone just to get by in society, so the question then becomes: Which phone manages to be the lesser of all the evils?

With critical vulnerabilities such as the KRACK exploit and Blueborne, not to mention the FBI attempting to find a backdoor into practically every phone, that's a hard question to answer. So to find the most security-hardened devices, we tested the top smartphones on the market, looking for key factors like encryption strength, biometrics, hardware-assisted security, VPN availability, and security patch time frames. Our research narrowed the list down to four great phones, so let's discuss how well each of these devices protects your privacy.

Note: This article was last updated in December 2017.

It's a comparison between 4 phones - BlackBerry KEYone, iPhone X, Samsung Note 8 and the Google Pixel 2

For those interested please refer to the link as there's too much to post.