Hey BlackBerry addicts! Are you using BBM? Don’t know what BBM is? It’s BlackBerry Messenger an instant messaging app specifically for BlackBerry users!
So what can you do with BlackBerry Messenger? It allows you to send IM messages to other BlackBerry users in your contacts list. Some of the features include being able to send messages without character limits; receive real-time notification when a message is delivered and read; send pictures and videos to multiple BBM users; and share what music you are listening to on your BB.
Hit the Read more link to see a video of BBM in action.
Ready to get started? Head over to the BlackBerry website to install the software on your phone.
Before you can get started with BlackBerry Messenger, your BlackBerry must be running BlackBerry OS 4.5 or later. That means that most BlackBerry Curve and later devices will be supported, however, you may need to update your phone’s operating system before you can install.
If you really want to learn the ins and outs of BBM, you can download the manual from the BlackBerry support website.
BlackBerry device maker Research In Motion (RIM) issued a statement today regarding the security of customer data that is stored on their servers and that traverses their systems.
In an online article appearing on the Wall Street Journal website, Phred Dvorak writes:
“RIM said the BlackBerry network was set up so that “no one, including RIM, could access” customer data, which is encrypted from the time it leaves the device. It added that RIM would “simply be unable to accommodate any request” for a key to decrypt the data, since the company doesn’t have the key.
The BlackBerry network is designed “to exclude the capability for RIM or any third party to read encrypted information under any circumstances,” RIM’s statement said. Moreover, the location of BlackBerry’s servers doesn’t matter, the company said, because the data on them can’t be deciphered without a decryption key. “RIM assures customers that it will not compromise the integrity and security of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution,” the statement said.”
While I like to think that my data that passes between my BlackBerry Storm2 and RIM’s network operations center, or NOC, is secured, even from RIM, in today’s day and age, I’m still a little bit skeptical that if the US or Canadian governments came knocking on RIM’s dock that they won’t eventually turn over the data. For how, RIM is taking the moral high ground and is backing their customer base. Good for you, RIM!