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Smartphone Security: Blackberry Vs Windows Phone 7

RIM vs Microsoft: Old Guard vs New Blood

Last month, we compared the security pros and cons of Apple's iOS to the Android platform from Google. Ultimately we decided that iOS offers better security overall and also has a leg-up when it comes to data backups. Now we’ll analyze and compare the security features of RIM’s veteran BlackBerry OS (BB OS) and Microsoft’s platform, Windows Phone 7 (WP7).

Like the iOS/Android article, we're going to talk about what measures you can take to secure your phone within the devices' operating system, including steps like pass-codes, passwords, VPN access, data encryption, and data backup. We will also look at some third-party applications that offer both these same layers of security (data backup, encryption) as well as additional security (anti-virus).

Remember, the compact size of mobile phones and devices makes them easy to steal or lose. The more you do on your mobile device, typically the more you should be concerned about its security. If you haven’t already, read through the first few pages of last month’s article for a general overview of mobile security concerns and solutions.

  • toughcell
    Does this article reflect the recent Javascript in Webkit Browser BB issues? Link:

  • egeier
    toughcell: no I didn't discuss specific attacks/exploits, more of a general security article
  • 0shadow
    well windows has always been weak in terms of security.. be it smartphones or the regular ones..
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  • noah78
    Blackberry phones are very secure in general, but if you are using a public WI-FI spot then you are always open to the threat of interception or hacking, unless you are using VPN for BlackBerry. The best way to ensure security is to use BlackBerry VPN.
  • AnthonyBell
    I found perfect provided by SuperVPN. I followed instructions they sent me and now everything works great.
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