It’s official: WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 support extended till end of 2017

On Friday, WhatsApp fan blog Whatsappen began reporting that support for WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 (and BlackBerry OS7+) would be extended until the end of 2017, but with no official report or update coming out stating so, it made the news a tad bit sketchy. However, now a new update rolling out of WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 does confirm the news officially as the change log notes

changed client end-of-life date to December 31, 2017.

Source: WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 support officially extended until the end of 2017


Millions of people have downloaded a nasty smartphone virus

Android owners have been put on high alert after researchers identified a new virus that has been downloaded more than two million times.

The malware is called Falseguide and is hidden in apps found on Google Play, the online store where Android users download new software.

The virus lurks inside apps which appear to be guides to popular games.

Once victims download these apps, their phones are infected.

Currently, the Russian hackers behind the malware appear to be trying to build a botnet – a large group of hacked devices which can be controlled as one and used to perform hack attacks against websites and other targets. …

Source: Millions of people have downloaded a nasty smartphone virus and YOU could be its next victim


BlackBerry Supports the Fast-Growing AppConfig Community

At BlackBerry, it has always been their goal to help customers transform their businesses – to help them securely build new workflows, processes, and functionality. App development plays a key role in that transformation. Business transformation requires great applications: tools that both increase productivity and protect critical data while preserving user’s privacy.

Developers can choose to use UEM/EMM software development kits (SDKs) to integrate key security and usability capabilities, like those provided by BlackBerry Dynamics. SDKs fill key gaps between native frameworks and what customers and regulated environment demand, particularly for un-managed devices. Developers can also choose, with device deployments that are managed by MDM, to leverage OS level capabilities.

These deployments are focused on native OS controls around:

  • Configuring apps through managed app config
  • Preventing data loss through managed open in
  • Connecting apps securely through per-app VPN

Here’s where the AppConfig community comes in. Launched in February 2016, its purpose was simple: to simplify application development and deployment, and accelerate adoption. By establishing a common approach based on native operating systems, it allows development teams to create configuration policies for applications that work consistently across multiple platforms. As an EMM member of AppConfig, BlackBerry can support customers that want to deploy apps that embrace the AppConfig approach. …

Source: BlackBerry Supports the Fast-Growing AppConfig Community


BlackBerry Privacy Shade Sees a Copycat App With Added Risks

Last month BlackBerry released a new app for Android called BlackBerry Privacy Shade. Privacy Shade is a great app for hiding the majority of your screen from prying eyes while allowing a small viewing area that you can easily move around showing you only the content that you need to see.

It was pointed out today by one of our staff that there is almost an identical app to BlackBerry’s Privacy Shade in the Google Play Store. So I decided to take a look at the app called Privacy Screen Guard and Filter …

Now, Privacy Screen Guard and Filter looks very similar to BlackBerry’s Privacy Shade app with a few little differences. …

BlackBerry Privacy app doesn’t require any permissions other than “Run at start up” and “Draw Over Other Apps.” This is pretty much required for the app to work. …

Now take a look at the permissions for Privacy Screen Guard :

You will see that it is asking for access to the telephone to read phone status and identity, also to reroute outgoing calls. …

So why is it asking for permission to reroute outgoing calls??? This instantly raises a red flag to me, because when using BlackBerry Privacy Shade and a call comes in, there is a notification at the top of of the screen, it is not “blocking the floating notification” …

Now what about the other permissions requested by Privacy Screen Guard:

  • receive data from Internet
  • view network connections
  • full network access
  • draw over other apps
  • prevent device from sleeping

Just what data does it need to receive from the Internet? Why does it need full network access and to view network connections? Prevent device from sleeping??

This app also refuses to work unless you grant it the permission to access your phone. You cannot turn the permission off and still use it, it shuts down.

While this seems like a great app, and a good alternative to BlackBerry Privacy Shade, are you willing to give this app the permissions it requests? I’m certainly not willing to risk my privacy that’s for sure!!

This is just one example of an app with suspect permissions. There are hundreds, if not thousands out there. …

Source: BlackBerry Privacy Shade Sees a Copycat App With Added Risks. – UTB Blogs


Live Chat and Webcast: Creating secure, cross-platform, enterprise applications using the new BlackBerry Dynamics Plugins for Cordova

Join us for an Office Hour Q&A where you can follow up with your questions from this webcast. This will be held live in the Developer Community Forum this Wednesday April 5th starting at 11am until 12am EDT. Our experts will be online to discuss this development topic.

Watch this webcast, where a member of the BlackBerry Solution Architect team guides you through an interactive journey on how to quickly secure your application using the new BlackBerry Dynamics Plugins for Cordova. We’ll be covering everything from Getting Started with the tools, setting up your environment, debugging, and most importantly working with the Plugins. Whether you’re new to BlackBerry Dynamics development, or a veteran, this coding demo will offer you an inside perspective on how to quickly and efficiently build apps using our Cordova Plugins.

Webcast: Creating secure, cross-platform, enterprise applications using the new BlackBerry Dynamics Plugins for Cordova

  • Installation & Configuration of the tools
  • Integrating the BlackBerry Dynamics Plugins
  • Testing & Deploying
  • Key Development Resources

Watch the Recorded Webcast HERE

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Source: Join our Live Chat and Watch the Webcast for Creating secure, cross-platform, enterprise applications using the new BlackBerry Dynamics Plugins for Cordova


Business Apps – Overview of Managed Android Devices

By: BlackBerry Elite, Ekke Gentz

If you’re developing mobile business apps sooner or later customers will request to debug, build and run on managed devices. This blog post is focused on Google for Work | Android (aka Android for Work) …

My examples are based on BlackBerry UEM 12.6 (formely known as BES 12)

You can try out UEM for 30 days (Cloud version) or 60 days (on-premises) for free.

Using a managed device is like working behind the firewall via VPN, but all is transparently managed by the EMM solution provider.

EMM Admin manages users, user groups, devices, policies and apps. Here you can download the policies for BlackBerry UEM. Get an overview of BlackBerry UEM here.

Developing a new app there are typically 3 stages:

  1. develop UI with MockUp data (no access to servers needed)
  2. test against test environment
  3. release for production environment

Source: Overview managed Android Devices


BlackBerry’s clever new Android app keeps people from peeping at your screen

There are lots of times when people around us can see what’s on our phone screens, and that can make it tricky to read confidential texts or emails. Thankfully, BlackBerry has a smart solution to that problem for Android users.

Its new Privacy Shade app lets you black out your screen, save for a rectangular or circular area that you can resize and move around. While it’s activated, you can use your phone as normal to navigate to apps and individual messages. You can turn it on or off from a persistent notification or by tapping a dedicated Quick Settings tile.

As Android Police notes, this is also pretty handy for reading in bed without pointing a fully lit screen at yourself or your partner. …

Source: BlackBerry’s clever new Android app keeps people from peeping at your screen


LastPass Password Manager Leaves User’s Passwords at Risk

A Google Project Zero researcher has found a host of issues with LastPass.

On their homepage, LastPass promises to “lock your passwords in a vault”. They go even further to promise, “Not only is your vault locked with a password that’s never shared with LastPass, we use bank-level encryption to scramble your data for secure transfer and storage. We go beyond industry standards to keep your data safe.” Unfortunately, their promises aren’t currently holding true.

Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy has discovered a host of security vulnerabilities within the software. LastPass previously closed a remote code execution vulnerability within their Chrome extension, however several issues still remain within it’s Firefox extension. Not only that, there is yet another vulnerability which has yet to be revealed, but allows the theft of user’s passwords. …

Source: LastPass Password Manager Leaves User’s Passwords at Risk – UTB Blogs


Testing finds ‘100 percent’ of mobile banking apps hackable

“Even as security specialists, we were quite surprised” by the 100 percent failure rate, said an executive from Pradeo, the company that did the testing.

Mobile banking applications produced by 50 of the world’s largest 100 banks were all vulnerable to hacking attacks which could allow password capture or surveillance of users, according to new research from a European mobile security outfit.

“We didn’t initially plan to publish the results of our tests,” Caroline Borriello, chief operating officer of Paris-based Pradeo Security Systems told CyberScoop in an interview. “We chose to make this disclosure because we believe it’s important for people to know” how insecure mobile banking apps actually are. …

Source: Testing finds ‘100 percent’ of mobile banking apps hackable – Cyberscoop