BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tout BBM

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    BlackBerry also uses its list to highlight BBM's encryption that protects messages from "spying or hacking," its ability to block contacts, and its cross-platform availability.

    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
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    I've actually never gotten spam, and I've had my iPhone for over 3 years now...
  3. macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    Is it just me orrr can a couple of those bullet points be merged together ...

    Edit: iMessage came out with iOS 5 right ? Haven't had ANY Spam .
  4. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    The last time I had a text spam was about a decade ago with Nextel.
  5. macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2012
    i have been using for almost 4 years now. i have never gotten a spam message on any apple device. the spam message i get is not iMessage. it is just SMS text.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    This can be easily rectified in iMessage by providing a setting to only receive messages from contacts and from those approved
  7. macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2005
  8. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Hmmm... I've never received spam with iMessages.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
  10. macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
  11. macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2008
    Oh Look! the 4 people still using BBM haven't had spam!
  12. macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2014
    Frankfurt, Germany
    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.
  13. macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2013
    LOL who even uses blackberry? nice try but no one going to buy your crappy phone just because a few people get spam sometimes.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2009
    What is this 'Blackberry'? Is this some sort of new platform, or is it based on Android?
  15. macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2010
    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.
  16. macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2014

    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?
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2014
    "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.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    ... Although I have to admit, this was pretty hilarious lolol

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  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2007
    Blackberry is still around? I thought they followed Kodak and AOL into oblivion.
  20. macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Yeah but I rarely get iMessage spam and when I do I block them... Problem solved.
  21. macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
  22. macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    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
  23. macrumors 601


    Mar 2, 2012
    Spammers don't target BBM because of the small number of users. Same reason Macs don't get malware that often.

    And I've never had spam on iMessage either.
  24. Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    I've gotten a total of four spam messages, but two were in 2013 and two were in 2012. Haven't had one since then.
  25. macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2010
    Littleton, CO
    Sounds about right based on the post.

    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.

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