1. anon(6168981)'s Avatar
    Is there an existing list or a way to find out (or maybe people know already and can create a list), of which apps for BB10 use secure connections and which do not? I know for some websites you can decide to use secure connections or not, but for BB10 apps, I do not know if this is possible or if it is just enabled by default because BB is known for security being a priority.
    05-15-14 01:29 AM
  2. Omnitech's Avatar
    Is there an existing list or a way to find out (or maybe people know already and can create a list), of which apps for BB10 use secure connections and which do not? I know for some websites you can decide to use secure connections or not, but for BB10 apps, I do not know if this is possible or if it is just enabled by default because BB is known for security being a priority.

    I'm not sure what you are asking.

    Generally speaking, I'm not aware of any mobile platform that gives you a choice about how an app does its own "under the hood" communications, unless that happens to be a feature of the app itself.

    This is not that different than the desktop OS world, where many applications these days "phone home" without the knowledge or consent of people who install them.

    I agree it would be nice if we had more knowledge/control, but by-and-large we do not. In theory BlackBerry will not approve an app to be sold via their BlackBerry World store if it is doing something which blatantly endangers user privacy or confidentiality, but I don't think we should rely 100% that they will catch all of those things.

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission did a survey/study of various mobile apps recently and went after various app developers that were either incompetent in how they handled user data being sent outside the app, or downright maliciously exploiting it, and sanctioned those developers.

    But there are clearly many more out there like that.
    05-15-14 02:07 AM
  3. anon(6168981)'s Avatar
    I am sorry, maybe I should have been more specific. I was wondering about apps like Facebook or LinkedIn or Skype, etc... If what you send through them is encrypted or in the clear. For the websites they use https where possible. But I do not know if this is also true for the apps or even if there is a way to find out.
    05-15-14 02:45 AM
  4. erwinfr's Avatar
    Put a sniffer on your network and find out.
    I suppose they use https

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    05-15-14 02:55 AM
  5. Omnitech's Avatar
    I am sorry, maybe I should have been more specific. I was wondering about apps like Facebook or LinkedIn or Skype, etc... If what you send through them is encrypted or in the clear. For the websites they use https where possible. But I do not know if this is also true for the apps or even if there is a way to find out.
    Unfortunately it is hard to determine without connecting the device to WiFi and sniffing the traffic yourself, as erwinfr pointed-out.



    I suppose they use https

    In fact surveys have shown that many mobile apps are extremely irresponsible in this area, and do much communications "in the clear" without any encryption.

    I think (and hope) we will start to see legal requirements on this pretty soon.
    05-15-14 03:10 AM

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