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BlackBerry still beats the competition on security

BlackBerry still beats the competition on security
BlackBerry has not been having the best time recently. RIM has been taking hits from every side, and BlackBerry has been losing support, but it does still have one thing to be proud of: according to research, the platform is still by far the most secure mobile OS around. Altimeter Group and Bloor Research (on behalf of Trend Micro) did a pretty in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses in the security features of each of the big 4 mobile platforms - BlackBerry, iOS, Android and Windows Phone - and found that BlackBerry is still by far the most secure. 

The analysis rates the platforms on 46 different factors in 12 different categories, then averages all the scores together. BlackBerry came out well ahead of the competition with an average score of 2.89 (out of 5); iOS and Windows Phone came in about even at 1.7 and 1.61 respectively; and Android came in last at 1.37. We should point out though that Android was rated based on version 2.3 (Gingerbread), because that is still the most widely used version on the market, while the other platforms were rated based on their newest versions (BB 7, iOS 5, & WP 7.5). Trend Micro does make the point that this delay in updates in the Android ecosystem is itself a security risk, because handsets do not get critical fixes. It would have been nice to see how Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rated, so we could know exactly how big of a difference the update makes in terms of security, but it seems we'll have to wait on that data. The report does specifically mention that ICS does add full device encryption and other improvements. 

The way the numbers shake out are pretty interesting, but not all that surprising, as the ratings do conform generally to the maturity of each OS. BlackBerry has been around the longest, and has always made its name on enterprise and security, while the others are all relative newcomers. And, of course BlackBerry is the only one to feature a device firewall, which adds quite a bit. Interestingly, the report points out that iOS and Android both have issues with the way they handle app security. On iOS, each app is "sandboxed", but that ends up meaning that the OS is only as secure as the weakest app. Whereas, on Android, the standard of having users approve permissions for each app on install is "theoretically more secure", but runs into trouble by putting trust in the user to make the right decision rather than the system. 

If you want to really dig into the numbers, jump to the source. It's certainly interesting. Still, we have to wonder if BlackBerry can stay on top with BlackBerry 10, since it is essentially a completely new system, and may not have the built-in security of the more mature BB 7. Windows Phone is showing some impressive options for such a relatively new system. And, as ever, slow updates from manufacturers are hurting Android's potential. 

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posted on 20 Apr 2012, 17:04 8

1. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


"Whereas, on Android, the standard of having users approve permissions for each app on install is "theoretically more secure", but runs into trouble by putting trust in the user to make the right decision rather than the system. "

Android system is as secure as a condom lol the security is there but its the responsibility of the user to use as indicated :) otherwise.. VIRUS!

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 23:57 1

8. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


yeah right,

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 19:54 10

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1197; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I would like to see blackberry to rise again. When there are more options out there, the only winners are the consumers :)

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 21:19 3

4. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Agreed, the Playbook is probably the best $200 tablet out there, but yet everyone overlooks it.
Really, the only think bad about it is:
Small power button, BB OS (which isn't thatttt bad)
But it beats the Nook and the Fire by a huge margin:
Nicer, faster performance.
Has cameras
Has awesome cameras (for a tablet)
and much more.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 23:51 2

6. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1197; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I do kind of like the Playbook. It is true multi tasking. It looks sweet!!

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 10:04

12. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


true multi tasking and a bad battery life, fail.

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 14:00

14. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


The problem with the Playbook is that it was released before it was done. I think most sales folks know that and didn't want to push it because it would be brought back with the lack of features.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 20:37 5

3. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Can't wait to see Blackberry's Cascade working on BB10 !

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 01:19

9. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I bet the person who thumb me down doesnt know what's "Cascade" is and just want to color me some red to spice my post a bit more prettier :)
Thanks!

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 07:34

11. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


No, I just saw that you commented twice and gave you another red ;)

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 22:28

5. ZetanAlaz (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


as if BB is not overpriced and have something that I can rely on beside the BBM, i'd like to buy 1..
but not now..

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 23:51 3

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


That's because it's market has only 24 apps.

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 06:27

10. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


I too would love to see bb kicking as the end benefit is for the customer. But you want me to contribute into that by buying one?, no way. I'll stick with android.

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 11:00

13. Marcus_h (Posts: 41; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I they could get a nice new handset out there - like those pics of the London prototype. I am sure they would really widen their appeal.

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 08:38

15. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


Except BB fails on security as far as DoD is concerned because every email or tweet goes through the BB corporate servers. DING, big fail.....

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 06:47

16. DJQSTORM (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Apr 2011)


Thats the whole point of a BES server... Either get a new job or get a personal device for tweeting about your boss.

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