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  • BlackBerry Boasts about BBM after Reports of iMessage Spam

    BlackBerry appears to be taking advantage of reports of iMessage’s vulnerability to spam as it recently posted a blog where the company highlights five reasons why BBM is superior to iMessage. The company even goes as far as suggesting that iMessage users should switch to BBM to avoid the spam.

    The company claims BBM is safer primarily because it doesn’t utilize a phone number or email address and it only accepts messages from users who are on your contacts list. It also uses its list to highlight BBM’s encryption, which protects messages from “spying or hacking,” its ability to block contacts and its cross-platform availability. Even though BBM seems to have all of these perks, BlackBerry seems to be having trouble convincing users to utilize the app due to competition from iMessage and other messaging apps. As of right now, it’s listed as number 56 in the social networking section, which is far below competing messaging apps. The company has also been struggling in recent months as iOS and Android continue to make gains in the enterprise market.

    Those of you interested in reading BlackBerry’s list regarding why its messaging platform is better than iMessage can do so below:

    1) BBM is architected in a way that protects our 85 million users against spammers. iMessage works off of phone number or Apple ID. Anyone who has your number or Apple ID can send you messages whether you want them to or not. With BBM, users have a lot more control due to our “invite and accept” paradigm. In other words, both parties need to be mutually committed to being contacts in order to send and receive messages.

    2) BBM gives you control. There’s no spam on BBM due to its self-policing system. Users are in control of their contact list and there is no way to send a message without being contacts. You can’t control someone showing up to your house, but you don’t have to open the door. With BBM someone can request to be added to your list, but you don’t have to accept their invite.

    3) BBM Protected ups the security ante. Privacy is the main issue with iMessage and spam. BBM protects your privacy by only allowing users to send messages to approved contacts. Our secure enterprise messaging service, BBM Protected, takes it a step further by adding an advanced layer of encryption. This ensures your messages aren’t vulnerable to spying or hacking while being transmitted.

    4) BBM empowers you to protect yourself from unsolicited messages. On the rare chance that you get spam or an unwanted ad, you only need to block the person from your contact list and refuse further attempts to reach you in the future.

    5) BBM’s anti-spam features work on any platform. BBM is structured so that each user has a unique PIN that’s unique to him or her, regardless of what device is used. Here’s the added bonus: BBM is a true multi-platform network that allows you to securely message users on BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone and Android. That’s virtually 100% of all smartphones and tablets out there today. iMessage is only available on Apple products.
    Even though BlackBerry has drastically smaller sales compared to the years before the release of iOS and Android, the company continues to push its BBM service as an alternative, secure messaging platform. The company just last fall boasted about its 5 million downloads within 8 hours of the app’s release. Furthermore, the company has continued to routinely update its BBM platforms with new updates, bug fixes and more since then.

    Are any of you being affected by iMessage spam? If so, do you plan on checking out BlackBerry’s BBM app? Share your thoughts below!

    Source: BlackBerry (blog) via BGR
    This article was originally published in forum thread: BlackBerry Boasts about BBM after Reports of iMessage Spam started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Never get spam via iMessage!
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      As a matter of facts, I got spam.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by iYeow View Post
      As a matter of facts, I got spam.
      For clarification, on the BBM app?
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Never gotten iMessage spam, blackberry is almost dead anyways (hopefully not and the best of luck to them, but yeah…)