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    Default 3rd party app permission (Poynt)

    I have been thinking about BB security (more specially, 3rd party application permission). I don't know if it is overkill to change from the default setting as it is stated on Blackberry's website that (bold is my emphasis)
    If you have added third-party applications to your device, the device firewall is designed to prevent these applications from sending or receiving data without your knowledge. Before a third-party application sends or receives data, a dialog box prompts you to accept or deny the connection request.
    I made changes to fit my preference and I am passing the information along.

    Disclaimer:
    Blackberry 8900, v4.6.1.231, BIS
    Poynt 1.5.4.12


    Connections

    USB: Set whether third-party applications can use physical connections, such as a USB cable or RS-232 cable, that you have set up for your BlackBerry device.
    Default: Allow.
    My setting: Deny.

    Bluetooth: Set whether third-party applications can use Bluetooth connections.
    Default: Allow.
    My setting: Deny.

    Phone: Set whether third-party applications can make calls or access call logs.
    Default: Prompt.
    My setting: Allow.

    Location Data: Set whether third-party applications can use your GPS location information.
    Default: Prompt.
    My setting: Allow.

    Internet: Set whether third-party applications can access the Internet through your wireless service provider (for example, using a direct Internet connection or a WAP gateway).
    Default: Prompt.
    My setting: Prompt.
    Event though this is set to "Prompt," the application never asked for permission to access the Internet; access is just given.

    Wi-Fi: Set whether third-party applications can use Wi-FiŽ connections.
    Default: Allow.
    My setting: Allow.


    Interactions

    Cross Application Communication: Specify whether third-party applications can communicate and share data with other applications on your BlackBerry device.
    Default: Allow.
    My setting: Allow.
    If set to "Deny," the application won't work and the device will display the following error during a device start up.
    Application terminated:
    Poynt has been denied
    the "Cross Application Communication" permission.
    Device Settings: Specify whether third-party applications can turn on or turn off your device or change device options, such as display options.
    Default: Allow.
    My setting: Deny.

    Media: Specify whether third-party applications can access media files on your device.
    Default: Allow.
    My setting: Deny.
    If set to "Deny," the device will display the following error during a device start up.
    Application terminated:
    Poynt has been denied
    the "Media" permission.
    Application Management: Specify whether third-party applications can add or delete application modules or access module information such as an application name or version.
    Default: Allow.
    My setting: Deny.
    I am not sure what "Application Management" means. Does it mean that this 3rd party app can add/delete/view modules from other 3rd party app or just itself or both? App still works fine with "Deny" setting.

    Themes: Specify whether your device can use third-party applications as a source for customized themes.
    Default: Allow.
    My setting: Deny.

    Input Simulation: Specify whether third-party applications can simulate actions, such as pressing a key on your device.
    Default: Deny.
    My setting: Deny.

    Browser Filtering: Specify whether third-party applications can register browser filters with the browser on your device to add, change, or delete web site content before it appears in your browser.
    Default: Deny.
    My setting: Deny.

    Screen Capturing (Recording): Specify whether third-party applications can take screen shots of the device screen.
    Default: Prompt.
    My setting: Deny.

    Security Timer Reset: Specify whether third-party applications can reset the duration that your device remains unlocked after you stop using it.
    Default: Deny.
    My setting: Deny.


    User Data

    Email: Set whether third-party applications can access email messages, SMS text messages, MMS messages, or PIN messages on your BlackBerry device.
    Default: Allow.
    My setting: Deny.
    Set to "Allow" if you want to use "Email to Friend" feature.
    If set to "Deny," the device will display the following error during a device start up.
    Application terminated:
    Poynt has been denied
    the "Email" permission.
    Organizer Data: Set whether third-party applications can access organizer data such as contacts, calendar entries, tasks, or memos.
    Default: Allow.
    My setting: Deny.
    Set to "Allow" if you want to use "Add to Address Book" feature.

    Files: Set whether third-party applications can access files that you store on your device. For example, you can set whether third-party applications can access files that you transfer to your device using the media manager tool of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager or Bluetooth technology.
    Default: Allow.
    My setting: Deny.

    Security Data: Set whether third-party applications can access certificates or keys in the key store on your device.
    Default: Allow.
    My setting: Deny.

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