|Aug 22, 2014, 02:04 PM||#1|
BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tout BBM
BlackBerry is taking advantage of reports of iMessage's vulnerability to spam messages to tout its BlackBerry Messenger app. In a blog post, the company highlights a report from earlier this week that said iMessage users see quite a bit of spam, with accounts run by spammers responsible for more than 30 percent of all spam messages on mobile devices.
BlackBerry suggests that iMessage users switch to BBM to avoid spam and lists five reasons why BBM is superior to iMessage. According to the company, BBM is safer primarily because it does not utilize a phone number or email address and it only accepts messages from contacts.
Despite all of BBM's apparent perks, BlackBerry has had trouble convincing users to adopt the app due to competition from iMessage and other messaging apps like WhatsApp, Kik, WeChat, and more. In late 2013, BlackBerry users on Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry phones sent and received approximately 10 billion messages per day, while WhatsApp processed upwards 50 billion messages per day.
Listed as number 56 in the social networking section of the App Store, BBM is ranked far below competing messaging apps. BlackBerry itself has also been struggling in recent months as iOS and Android make gains in the enterprise market.
The initial report on iMessage spam pointed towards Apple's deep integration of mobile and desktop as the reason for iMessage's popularity with scammers. While the uptick in iMessage spam has been recent, Apple does have some measures in place to combat spammers. There's rate-limiting on the iMessage network to stop users from sending hundreds of messages and there is a spam reporting protocol in place, but Apple will likely need adopt more aggressive measures in the future to limit spam messages due to the platform's growing popularity with spammers.
Article Link: BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tout BBM
|Aug 22, 2014, 02:08 PM||#5|
|Aug 22, 2014, 02:12 PM||#12|
Last resorts of a dying company. Mediocre hardware, pathetic & ugly new operating system. I don't care if they have better security, I can't wait till enterprise ditches them completely. This is what happens when you can't properly adapt with our ever-evolving technology.
〔Late 2013 15" rMBP, 2.6 Ghz i7, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB PCIe SSD w/ 2 GB 750m ; 32 GB WiFi iPad Air ; 16 GB iPhone 5S〕
|Aug 22, 2014, 02:16 PM||#15|
Thats how deep Blackberry has fallen, going from a major phone company with its own mobile plattform (that corporations loved), to now only being a messenger app! (Not even an important messenger compared to whatsapp, facebook etc)
In 5-10 years we will only hear about blackberry in museums, i hope the owners of the company realize that too and soon try to sell the company to get some $$$ out of it before it disappears completely.
|Aug 22, 2014, 02:16 PM||#16|
Do I understand correctly that if I put my mobile number on my business card that no-one can send me a message on BBM on that number? They first have to email me their contact card then we can text?
|Aug 22, 2014, 02:16 PM||#17|
"BBM is safer primarily because it does not utilize a phone number or email address and it only accepts messages from contacts."
First of all, that's not good. People would try to message me for the first time and get blocked. Secondly, "safer"? Spam on iMessage is just mildly annoying and wastes about 1 second of my life each year. It's always some ad for knockoff shoes. They wouldn't waste effort spamming BBM anyway because nobody uses it.
'08 MP, '09 MBP, JB iPhone 5
Fun fact: iPhone 5 aspect ratio = 640/1136 ≈ .5634. 9/16 = .5625. 639/1136 = .5625. Its screen is exactly one pixel too wide to be 9:16.
|Aug 22, 2014, 02:21 PM||#22|
the biggest hiccup with iMessage is it has been known to locked your phone number into iMessage so if you change to a Android or BB and you send an SMS to a friend still on iPhone it thinks your sending an iMessage which actually never sends anything
15" i7 Quad Core MBP (Early 2011) 2.0GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and 1TB HD, AMD Radeon HD 6490M(Intel HD Graphics 3000) OSX 10.9
64GB iPhone 6 Gold
|Aug 22, 2014, 02:22 PM||#25|
I know in the US it's less of a problem than maybe China. I've only received 2-3 spam messages, and those were in the last 2 months and seem to have stopped. Here's an idea for those who have trouble with spammers:
1) I like to leave "read receipts" on. If this is you, never open the message, just delete it from your list unread.
2) If you have a consistent problem, turn iMessage off for a few days. (iphone only). If you've got an iPad and Mac set up, not sure how to handle that... but the idea is to force back to the sender an "undeliverable" "unresolvable" problem so they remove you from their efforts.