New features on BBM Beta allow you to control the level of privacy

New features on BBM Beta allow you to control the level of privacy
Everyone loves to have privacy when it comes to sending messages on their smartphone. Well, perhaps everyone but FBI Chief James Comey. BlackBerry notes that no one likes to see a message they send, end up in the wrong hands. So the new Beta version of the BBM Messaging app adds a number of new features that make it "Ultra-Private" according to the Canadian company.

The first new feature allows you to set a timer to determine how long a message can be viewed on BBM. All you need to do is tap the icon before you send a message or picture, and decide how long you want the recipient of the message to be able to view it. The message remains hidden until the recipient touches it with a long press. Once the timer expires, or the recipient takes his finger off the screen, the message is hidden once again. And if sometime takes a screen shot of the message, a notification is sent to the sender.

Another new feature will allow you to remove a message you've sent via BBM. Suppose you send a credit card number via a BBM message, but you don't want this message to stay forever in the recipient's BBM in-box. With the capabilities of the new BBM Beta, you can retract a message. The sender simply long presses on the message and selects "Retract Message" from the menu. Keep in mind that this will not work on pictures, or messages with multiple recipients.

You can check out these new features, soon to be coming to BBM, by clicking on the official BlackBerry video below.



source: BlackBerry via TNW, Gizmodo

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23 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Ultra Private"? Seems like this is a tacit admission that just plain "private" messages are not private. BB might have the right intentions, but the implementation is lacking. They need to remove their ability to spy on the messages of their users. Then there will be a real reason for enterprises (and end users) to buy BB.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

I disagree with your statement that this "seems like a tacit admission that just plain "private" messages are not private". BBM is already the most secure of the mobile IM chat services. This just adds another level of privacy. You're saying that BlackBerry needs to remove the ability to spy on the messages of their users, but do you know of any company that has "removed the ability to spy on the messages of their users"? I know I don't know of any, and I also know that if you're BES, BlackBerry cannot view any of your messages, BBM or otherwise.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I don't know of any companies who have first their customers first. Always, the needs of governments and their spy agencies are put first. I'm not trying to demonize BlackBerry, but they are one of the companies that could really benefit from opening up the security they use rather than relying on the obscurity of the closed-source BES. ---- NEW DELHI: BlackBerry maker Research in Motion's (RIM) four-year standoff with the Indian government over providing encryption keys for its secure corporate emails and popular messenger services is finally set to end. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/BlackBerry-maker-Research-in-Motion-agrees-to-hand-over-its-encryption-keys-to-India/articleshow/15323093.cms

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

What makes you say BES is obscure? One of the reasons the majority of enterprises choose BlackBerry is because of BES. If your argument is because it's closed-source, well, open-source isn't always what's best. I'm aware of what has transpired with BlackBerry and the Indian government. It's one of the costs of doing business. I don't know any business that would not have made the same decision BlackBerry did. Do you?

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Much of the BES installed base bought BES before the Snowden leaks. Now that it is known that BES has backdoors, BES customers and users are wondering what they are and how vulnerable their communications are. There is no easy way to know what all the vulnerabilities of closed source software are, what the risk exposure is. As BlackBerry has not been forthcoming about the backdoors, all BES customers/users can really hope for is security via obscurity as they cannot audit the source code. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_through_obscurity It may be one's natural inclination to be comparative, but what I am saying is not to make BlackBerry look worse than Google, Apple, or Microsoft. All companies have these backdoors. There is no "private", "ultra private", etc. It's all just a farce. If someone wants your data, they can get it.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry's BES is still more secure than what others comparatively offer. Being that BlackBerry "has not been forthcoming about backdoors" as you say, we really don't know if they are using the "security through obscurity" method, now do we? All one can do is speculate and attempt to draw conclusions on said speculation.

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It's really hard to compare completely closed source systems for more or less security. Maybe one could assign risk factors for various types of risks -- internal agent who steals data, external agent who steals data, that sort of thing. An on-premises installation of BES likely gives you less risk from external agents stealing your data, provided those external agents are not governments/spy agencies. All closed source effectively relies on security through obscurity. By this I don't mean "solely relies on", but when exploring how secure something is, without source code, it is far more difficult to discover and quantify risks.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Got it.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Security for security for security. Mad vibes of Inception reeks here it does.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Your comment made absolutely no sense. Your point is?...or are you here just to troll?

12. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

He's here just to troll. As usual.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If you knew what it meant, you wouldn't be saying that

15. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

If you knew how trolling made you look, I don't think you'd do it. But then again, you seem to enjoy it so maybe you would. And you have yet to answer the question I ask you in almost BB post, why do you continue to troll? No life? Did Chen scorn your advances? I don't get it. You get upset when people troll your beloved iToy but you, yourself are one of the biggest trolls on PA.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

16. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Is+Mxyzptlk+a+BlackBerry+troll+on+Phonearena%3F Proof positive you're nothing but BlackBerry troll on Phonearena.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think your proof is full of holes

18. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

How so? Are you denying that its you stalking every BlackBerry post there and only making negative comments, never adding anything of substance?

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're making articles in reference to me on a no name site for attention.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

What no-name site are you referring to? Most of the articles referenced from BobbyDigital's link were from Phonearena. There was one from UTB blogs that I saw, but that's definitely not a no-name site either.

22. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

No name site? So Phonearena, the VERY SITE that you troll BlackBerry articles on is "no-name"? Really? Then why are you here? Every last one of those articles, with the exception of UTB is Phonearena. Must sting knowing that you're known as an uber troll on the very site you frequent and even on some that you don't.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

I know all about "Inception". That was a PHENOMENAL movie! One of the best I've ever seen! "You really must learn to dream a little bigger, darling!" Classic line and scene in a Classic movie!

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great to see that BlackBerry is adding new features to what is, IMO, the best IM client available in mobile today. Keep up the great work, BlackBerry!

23. askarian00

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 10, 2014

Its good to see useful features like these coming to BBM :)

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