BlackBerry CEO says Samsung will never have "top-notch" security

BlackBerry CEO says Samsung will never have
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is not afraid to take shots at the competition, and given the state that BlackBerry is in, that's probably not a bad thing. Heins' latest target is Samsung, which is to be expected since Samsung's latest software update will be aiming directly at BlackBerry's core business: enterprise. But, Mr. Heins says that Samsung will never be able to offer "top-notch" security.

Unfortunately, Mr. Heins premise for saying this is false. Heins said in an interview with CNET that Samsung can't provide "top-notch" security because Android is an open system. The trouble with this idea is that open doesn't mean insecure. More often than not, open systems are actually much more secure, because many of the people trying to hack the system are also submitting back to the platform to fix the security holes they used to get in. The biggest "flaw" in Android's security is that it most versions don't babysit users and make sure they don't install something harmful (although 4.2 does scan sideloaded apps). If you stick to the Google Play Store, or whatever option Samsung may offer as part of Knox, there really shouldn't be any issues. 

But, saying that wouldn't get BlackBerry headlines, so Mr. Heins had to say something bombastic, and play on the fears that many people have because they misunderstand how open systems work. 

That's not to say that Samsung Knox will be a solution to rival BlackBerry, but we certainly aren't going to be swayed by fearmongering. We'll wait to see for ourselves how Knox performs.

source: CNET via BGR

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52 Comments

1. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

According to his logic WWW should collapse ...

3. jcarrigan unregistered

And blackberry will never regain the popular they once had. Although once a great empire of qwerty keyboard smartphones, is now a sorry piece o crap 4.2 inch phone that wouldve been relevant if it came out in 2011 :)

48. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

This is a rather fanboyish article Michael H. Mac is more secure than a Windows.

49. jcarrigan unregistered

hey i thought i told you to stop bragging about some weird fruit company and make my mac n cheese dammit! :) lol And dont for get my KEY LIME PIE HAHA!

21. Laura90

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 24, 2013

When Heins would bash Nokia ?

22. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well. NOKIA and BB are in the same boat, struggling dieing company, so I doubt he would counter attack on Tublmbling Down Nokia as there in there last hopes™

47. znellu

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Seriously you are the biggest ever troll in PA! I might start hating Android only the reason that it has got fans like you :|

23. MarioGomez

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

The only mistake that Nokia did is that they did not adopt Android. Otherwise, it is a flawless company producing the best hardware ever. It has more than 16000 patents. Nokia means another phone's world and another story. No one can sued them or talk badly about them

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Samsung will never have "top-notch" security" - Says CEO of dying company...

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

P.S. Talking about BlackBerry and security, article on PhoneArena.com "BlackBerry 10 rejected by UK government - not secure enough": http://goo.gl/7hJ2u

39. Armor

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

That article was published on many different web sites and has been removed because it is false (the only site that has not removed it is phonearena.com). The UK government says it takes them 7 months to pass or fail. They have not even begun to test it yet. (this is directly from them) LOL...

8. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

He is in big stress and underpressure, looks like he's not him self! Talking nonsense and bogus trash! I dont see NicolasOliver commenting....? PhoneArena Micheal H why was Pikapowerize banned.....?

19. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

No idea who Pikapowerize is, so I can't say why he was banned. Sorry.

20. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Thanks™ By the way do you like BB or the new BB10? What do you think of it? What phones do you own MichealHeller.....?

41. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think that Michael H. likes Ubuntu. :)

43. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I do run Ubuntu as my primary OS on my laptop, Chromebook secondary, and Windows 8 as a backup if all else fails.

45. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I haven't played around with BB10 yet, but I'm looking forward to trying it.

27. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

The one who likes to bash android and bb Anyway, just stfu heins.. Your platform isn't good Michael h has nexus 4

44. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Correct you are. I've got a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. Plus there's an HTC Radar sitting around the house, but I really do need to get rid of that. And, my wife has an iPad, so I sometimes use that, just to see how things are going with iOS.

46. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Looks like you got thumbed down for mentioning iPad and W8....?

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This kind of trash talk from the CEO of BB/RIM is the clearest indication yet of how desperate the situation is at BB/RIM. The GS III internal memory plus removable memory card can be encrypted to AES256, which is the gold standard for data security. Communication from the handset to the rest of the world is a function that is out of the handset manufacturer control. All of the more secure protocols are supported by both GS III and IV, so this is just further proof of how desperate things are at BB/RIM.

25. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

its actually a common tactic in politics. it shouldn't be surprising its happening now.

30. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If Heins wants to pursue a career track in politics, he should not waste any time. His future at RIM/BB isn't looking too rosy. He certainly has the fundamental skills (trash talking) down quite well.

35. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

i dont understand the hatred. each brand attacks one another. it's just how f'ed up so called *business has become

4. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

even james bond uses an android phone... who needs bb anymore...

6. Ale749

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

The perfect phone would be an iPhone with Blackberry Messenger with the battery life and resistance of a Nokia 1100

11. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I knewed you would get thumbed down! iPhone yea in you're dreams™

12. Ale749

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

On twitter it had over thousand retweets and here it gets about 6 thumbs down

15. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

You're on Android Central...erggh...I mean Phonearena : )

37. vincelongman

Posts: 5688; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

In my opinion on this site there is about the same number of Andriod and iOS fans, but there are far less Window 8 and BlackBerry fans.

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