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

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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

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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

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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:

Other
  • 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

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Update for BlackBerry Android Devices Gives the Productivity Tab a New Face

At the end of the day, you’re always seeking better, more efficient ways to get work done. Productivity is every bit as important as security. BlackBerry understands this – it’s why our entire solutions portfolio is architected for ease of use, and why we offer the best Personal Information Management (PIM) solution on the market. It’s also why we’ve equipped our Android devices with powerful tools like the Hub and theProductivity Tab.

Those tools just got even better.

Today, we’re proud to announce a major update for all BlackBerry Android devices, including PRIV, DTEK50 and DTEK60 (and coming devices). Available very soon through the Google Play Store, this update completely overhauls the Productivity Tab’s interface, making it both cleaner and more user-friendly. It also adds new Quick Triage functionality (such as Reply All and Delete) for items in the Hub and new Quick Actions for entries in Contacts (such as Phone, Text, Email).

Users on a BlackBerry-branded Android phone should receive a notification when the updates are available in Google Play, at which point they will download automatically over Wi-Fi.

If you need to manually update:

  1. Connect to a Wi-Fi network, then open the Google Play Store.
  2. Tap the icon on the left side of the bar, then select “My apps & games” from the menu that pops up.
  3. Either tap “Update All” or select which apps to update on an individual basis.
  4. Tap “Download,” and the update will begin even if you don’t see a progress bar or another indicator.

For users on other Android devices, stay tuned – we’ll let you know when the updates (and the Productivity Tab) are available to you!

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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. …

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McDonald’s App Leaks Details of 2.2 Million Customers

A vulnerable application used by millions of McDonald’s customers in India was recently found to leak personal information of its users.

Dubbed McDelivery, the web application was found to be leaking the personal information of over 2.2 million users. According to Fallible, the software security startup that discovered the bug, user data such as names, email addresses, phone numbers, home addresses, home co-ordinates, and social profile links were leaked by the application.

The issue, they reveal, resides in an unprotected publicly accessible API endpoint that was designed to deliver user details, which is coupled with serially enumerable integers as customer IDs. The pair can be used to pull the personal information pertaining to all of the application’s users. …

Source: McDonald’s App Leaks Details of 2.2 Million Customers

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Teen quiz app Wishbone hacked, users’ emails and phone numbers exposed

Check your kid’s phone for this app, ASAP: Wishbone. This popular quiz app for kids, tweens and teens has been hacked, according to a report from Motherboard out this morning. The hack involved 2.2 million email addresses, as well as 287,000 phone numbers, many of which are from kids under the age of 18.

The app is operated by the incubator Science, and is one of the more popular social networking applications in the U.S., currently ranking No. 14 in that category on iTunes.

Users have been alerted to the hack by way of an email from the company, which explains that it became aware of the breach on March 14, 2017. …

Source: Teen quiz app Wishbone hacked, users’ emails and phone numbers exposed

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WhatsApp and Telegram accounts could be hijacked by sending malware-laced images

Today, researchers at Check Point Security announced a new attack against WhatsApp and Telegram, targeting the way both chat services process images and multimedia files. In the WhatsApp case, Check Point was able to craft a malicious image that would appear normal in preview, but direct users to a malware-laden HTML page. Once loaded, the page will retrieve all locally stored data, enabling attackers to effectively hijack the user’s account.

“By simply sending an innocent-looking photo, an attacker could gain control over the account, access message history, all photos that were ever shared, and send messages on behalf of the user,” said Oded Vanunu, head of product vulnerability research at Check Point. …

Source: WhatsApp and Telegram accounts could be hijacked by sending malware-laced images

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