1. 1925shooter's Avatar
    Hi all,

    I was just curious as if our passports are secure in a public wifi network,as in no open ports? Are our ports open,closed,or stealthed? I use to use a 9790. I remember something of it having a firewall of sorts in blocking email text,etc. Although I never really checked if it was secure in a public wifi network. Any thoughts and suggestions would be great.

    Thanks in advance!

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    05-23-15 07:53 PM
  2. 1925shooter's Avatar
    Is the encryption enough to throw off an attacker on the public wifi network from accessing your data and apps in case there are any open ports that they could be exploited? I guess that it's a legitimate concern if your passport is is not configured by a company IT department. As mine is just a stand alone unit,no BES. I have enabled encryption and parental controls also tried to restrict app permissions. I only download from blackberry world and the amazon app store. I just want to take a proactive approach as much as I can. I just wish that besides it's application firewall (application permission) ,that blackberry would add a network firewall (for better control of what hosts that want to access your device over the public network) . Maybe blackberry with all it's war chest money can buy out an anti-virus company( I think Intel owns mcafee ), and have a 'mobile security suite' come free with every blackberry device...it's just a value added thought that your not spreading stuff (assuming that there are no viruses for the blackberry) onto your other devices like laptops,desktops, your other phones if any,etc...

    Posted via CB10
    05-23-15 11:02 PM
  3. BB-JAM215's Avatar
    Your Passport is as secure as it can be. Your security depends on how you use it.
    05-23-15 11:44 PM
  4. 1925shooter's Avatar
    Hi BB-JAM215,

    Thanks for the reply. I'm curious as to how it's as secure as it can be,please kindly share with us newbies as to why "it's as secure as it can be",and as to how you use it. Thanks, for educating us newbies to BB10 is quite nice to know that our BB10 passport is secure. The tips would be greatly appreciated by all.

    Posted via CB10
    05-24-15 04:04 AM
  5. Daanisawesome's Avatar
    If you wanna be more secure while using public WiFi, I would suggest using a VPN.

    Posted via CB10
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    05-24-15 05:14 AM
  6. 1925shooter's Avatar
    Yup,I was thinking of that...very much appreciate the suggestion.

    Posted via CB10
    05-24-15 05:18 AM
  7. 1925shooter's Avatar
    Any tips on how to harden a blackberry passport with out the help of a IT department? Thanks

    Posted via CB10
    05-24-15 06:11 PM
  8. pboud_01's Avatar
    The problem with the public Wi-Fi is that almost all of them make you give them explicit access to most of your device. The fact that you actually signed in on a public Wi-Fi automatically breaches any security you may have. The only possible thing you might do to enhance your security situation after that would be data encryption on your handset and your memory card, but I'm not sure how much that would help.

    P.

    Posted via CB10
    05-24-15 06:41 PM
  9. NtotheK's Avatar
    Any tips on how to harden a blackberry passport with out the help of a IT department? Thanks

    Posted via CB10
    Use BES cloud and a VPN. Encrypting your device is a good idea too.

    Posted via CB10
    05-24-15 07:15 PM
  10. 1925shooter's Avatar
    I wish it had an iptables or ufw option just so as to minimize anyone on the public wifi from running nmap or similar network scanners that they may have...just a thought...also wish there was support for linux...and not just "Apple" or "Windows"...lol

    Posted via CB10
    05-24-15 07:47 PM
  11. MobileMadness002's Avatar
    OP, whose open WiFI, McDonalds, or the guy sitting next to you using his phone as a wifi hotspot with the packet sniffer
    blambtn likes this.
    05-24-15 07:57 PM
  12. 1925shooter's Avatar
    Lol

    Posted via CB10
    05-24-15 09:00 PM
  13. alicejolly123's Avatar
    Public Wi-Fi Hotspot are the wireless network which is specifically set up to share internet access. They are not secure because sometimes these kinds of networks are used by the hackers in order to steal one's personal information and then after getting the information they can harm them with the intention to make money. You can read about Public Wi-Fi Hotspot in brief and follow the criteria to keep yourself secure from public Wi-Fi Hotspot.
    07-01-15 06:25 AM
  14. GeoK's Avatar
    This has been a very eye opening conversation!
    07-01-15 06:51 AM
  15. nhanken's Avatar
    This has been a very eye opening conversation!
    Let's grab some beer and tinfoil hats.

    To BB or not to BBBBBB...?
    07-01-15 07:37 AM
  16. sorinv's Avatar
    So, why would a cellular network without BES and VPN be more secure than a public Wi-Fi network?
    Can someone clarify?
    ...and please no tin hat comments.

    This is serious because not everybody uses their Passport in a work secured BES network, or even VPN, but we still want our phones and personal files and data protected from unwanted intruders, be they hackers, Google, the government, BlackBerry, Apple, Microsoft or the cellular network providers.
    07-01-15 10:31 AM
  17. CherokeeMarty's Avatar
    If you wanna be more secure while using public WiFi, I would suggest using a VPN.

    Posted via CB10
    Do you have a good suggestion for a VPN one could use on the Passport?
    07-01-15 10:34 AM
  18. rebroker2009's Avatar
    If it helps, I never have wifi on in public places

    Blackberry Passport running 10.3.2.2339
    07-01-15 10:37 AM
  19. anon4164832's Avatar
    No, only BBM messages will be secure.

    Cheers,

    Chris.

    Posted via CB10
    07-01-15 11:56 AM
  20. byex's Avatar
    Public Wifi's are not secure. That being said you can determine how secure your phone is on a public Wifi.

    Posted via CB10
    07-01-15 02:11 PM
  21. redcubicle's Avatar
    Connect through your own mobile hotspot and then use VPN. You will be secure. Never connect to public wifi.

    Posted via CB10
    07-03-15 02:32 PM
  22. pboud_01's Avatar
    Connect through your own mobile hotspot and then use VPN. You will be secure. Never connect to public wifi.

    Posted via CB10
    ...ever,ever,ever...

    Posted via CB10
    07-03-15 02:33 PM
  23. miker476's Avatar
    Do you have a good suggestion for a VPN one could use on the Passport?
    I use PureVPN. Works great on BB10. They occasionally have promotions of buy one year, get one year free. Works out to about $2.08 per month. And they have servers and endpoints all over.

    I've also tested VPN45 listed in BlackBerry World. It works good too ... but it appeared to only have a few servers.

    Posted via CB10
    07-03-15 07:14 PM
  24. blambtn's Avatar
    I only connect to my company Wifi and my home wifi.

    Posted via Passport
    07-03-15 09:04 PM
  25. byex's Avatar
    07-04-15 12:36 AM

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