Updated 18 Jun, 2013, 8:58 pm IST
BlackBerry steps up BB10 app security to steer clear of malware
| by Nikhil Subramaniam |
In an effort to introduce a big differentiating factor in the market, BlackBerry has inked a deal with Trend Micro to add security for third-party apps. One of the pain points in mobile security is the prevalence of malware, even within authorised applications markets, and BlackBerry is seemingly steering clear of the malware issues afflicting Android.
A little over a week ago, BlackBerry unveiled its BB10 mobile OS and the first two handsets—the Z10 and Q10—to run it. The company also took the wraps off their app and multimedia storefront, BlackBerry World. The intention was clear, and to compete in a market where Apple's iOS and Google's Android dominate, BlackBerry did not want to take any chances, including the security of their devices.
Say NO to malware. (Image source: Getty Images)
Interestingly, Trend Micro identified 30,000 malicious and high-risk Android apps in June and then increased the tally to nearly 175,000 between July and September last year. Android is fast becoming a favoured target for malware. For instance, Google’s Play Store is full of malware and new ones are discovered every day. Only this week, security experts came upon a malware called DroidCleaner, which debilitates your phone and can be used to spy on users through the PC microphone when the phone is connected.
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