BBM Protected offers secure IM chats for iOS, BlackBerry and Android users in the enterprise

BBM Protected offers secure IM chats for iOS, BlackBerry and Android users in the enterprise
With "man-in-the-middle" hacker attacks in the news recently, BlackBerry is now offering BBM Protected to iOS and Android users as a way for them to exchange secure messages. To prevent a vulnerability similar to the "Freak," the encryption keys used by this service are generated by the communicating mobile devices themselves. This is all offered within the BBM Protected package that is essentially an IM service that offers enterprise grade security, yet contains all of the features found with a consumer based IM app.

BBM Protected had been available for BlackBerry handsets only until now. The service will allow BBM Protected customers to have secure chats with non-BlackBerry Protected workers at other companies, or with customers. If you are a BBM Protected subscriber and want to IM someone without the service, all the latter has to do is download and install the free version of BBM for his BlackBerry, iOS, or Android phone.

BBM Protected is available for BES users and while it does require a subscription, BlackBerry is offering a 30-day free trial. If you are concerned about third parties getting in the middle of your intra-corporate or inter-corporate chats, or want secure communications with customers, BBM Protected sounds like the answer.


source: BlackBerry via AndroidCentral

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57 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No one is more secure than blackberry. P.s. PA you really need to do something about the ads on your site redirecting to the app store.

2. Busyboy

Posts: 732; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Had the same issue until I downloaded Firefox and added an adblock addon for mobile.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's getting to the point that no conversation will be private.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

When you use Google, nothing is ever private. Every site you visit, every search you enter, every place you go you're being tracked. A lot of it seems trivial by itself but when it adds up it's all of your habits that they're using to cater targeted ads. tldr point: there's no such thing as privacy in the digital age

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22201; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is a great addition to the "BBM Suite". I'm sure there will be many users of BBM Protected, by both enterprise and governments. I just wish it was available to the consumer market as well.

5. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

How do you get people to try BBM. I really want to give it a go but I don't know a single person with BBM let alone a BlackBerry. Everyone is on that KIK and Snap Chat stuff.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Exactly. Seems kind of pointless if the other party isn't using it. Most of the benefits tie in to both parties having BBM.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's only pointless if you don't care about privacy. Judging from the number of users on other IM services, most people don't. But these are the first people complaining about too much spam or in severe cases, identity theft.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22201; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's funny, because I only know 2 people that use SnapChat and one person that uses KiK. I know a whole host of people on BBM, and not all of them are BlackBerry users. I have personally gotten more than a few people I know to give BBM a try, and they love it.

10. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Hard to make people jump ship. I like how BBM looks and feels. All I use is Skype, Hangouts, and regular Text. I have never used KIK or SnapChat. I just see friends using it. The difference between any other IM client and BBM is that people actually use the other clients. I would love it if more people used BBM. Guess i'll stick to Skype and Hangouts for IM for now

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22201; Member since: May 28, 2014

True, other IM clients have more users, but BBM is growing. They have 100 million MAU's now, and growing. If you decide to give the app a try, you can do a search of your contacts thru BBM to send out invites. Who knows? It might work.

14. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I've done it. No one has accepted yet. I saw they had 100 mil downloads just on Android. This IM prog is way better than Hangouts or Skype or any of that teen KIK Snapchat crap. The sheep will follow the herd though...

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22201; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed. Good luck!

24. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

That's because you were working for Blackberry!!!

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22201; Member since: May 28, 2014

If I did, it would be better than what you are, which is a jobless troll. How's that working out for you?

20. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Blackberry just needs to get bought out. They have no more use in the mobile world. More and more users and companies are getting smart and moving away

25. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Why would anyone buy a junk? I don't think their patent portfolio really worth it. If they do got a great patent, they already prosper.

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