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Mobile security features of BBM Messenger upgraded

Blackberry’s latest update to its popular app has been designed to boost its privacy level.

BlackBerry has recently announced that the latest update to the BBM Messenger, across the versions for BB10, iOS, and Android devices, has been launched in order to help to enhance the mobile security level that will protect the privacy of the users.

A new feature has become a central part of the update to the smartphone app, specifically aimed at privacy.

The company has decided to add the additional security feature as a part of the premium components of the app. This mobile security addition can be purchased for a monthly or annual subscription fee. It provides BBM Messenger users with access to a range of features that will include the ability to send a timed message that will self destruct once it has been read, as well as the opportunity to stop their sender details from being revealed on the interface.

Among the more appealing of these mobile security features for BBM Messenger is to retract a mistakenly sent message.

Mobile Security - Blackberry BBM Apps UpgradedThis would mean that if a message was sent to the wrong recipient, by accident, or if the mobile app user changes his or her mind about the message that was sent, it is possible to retract it as long as the recipient has not yet seen it.

The users of the free BBM Messenger service won’t be without the additional mobile privacy features. However, theirs will be limited when compared to the ones that will be offered with the premium subscription. For instance, people who are using the free app will still be able to send timed messages that will self destruct.

However, they will not have access to the additional feature that allows them to keep their user details a secret from those with whom they are communicating. Furthermore, it continues to allow recipients to take screenshots that could be saved as evidence, potentially negating the benefit of the self destructing timed messages.

The retracted messages are also a mobile security feature that will be saved exclusively for those who will be using the service through a paid subscription.

Mobile security underscored by BlackBerry following celebrity photo hack

The company has used this opportunity to flaunt its strong reputation for keeping data and files safe.

BlackBerry Ltd. has taken the opportunity presented by the nude celebrity photo hacking controversy to remind people about the outstanding reputation that the company has in terms of mobile security.

As concerns have risen following the theft of highly personal celeb photos from the iCloud, Blackberry saw its chance.

The Canadian handset maker used its own official blog in order to pump its mobile security and to make recommendations for users to follow so that they can help to protect themselves against similar risks. The company used its most recent post to point out a range of different reports that have supported its claims for providing high quality security. These reports came from companies that included everyone from CNN and Time Warner Cable to CNBC and Fox News.

The blog post from BlackBerry provided steps for device users to take to boost their mobile security.

Blackberry - Mobile SecurityThey explained that “As the iCloud hacking story continues to unfold, experts are finding it hard to talk about strong mobile security without bringing the corporate embodiment of it into the discussion.” A previous post provided readers with “five concrete steps for better mobile security.”

At the same time that this company was using the photo hacking scandal as a chance to place itself in a positive light, Apple has been working hard on damage control. Recently Tim Cook revealed that the company already had plans to implement a new security system that will add an additional layer of protection as it will provide users with a notification if any attempts have been made to change their account passwords or to download data to a new device from the iCloud.

Apple has also taken this time to point out that the hackers were able to obtain access to the content because they either guessed the mobile security question to reset the password or they sent phishing emails to which the celebrities fell victim and revealed their login details. The company has stated that this was not a case of the iCloud being compromised.