Why BBM Isn’t Vulnerable to iMessage’s Reported Spam Problem: 5 Ways

BBM

481888675

We all hate spam, whether in our e-mail inbox, or, even more jarringly, when it comes as a mobile message. Yet according to an article in WIRED, “Apple’s iMessage is being taken over by spammers” and Cupertino is “moving slowly” to help out “beleaguered users.”

“A year ago, Tom Landesman—who works for security and anti-spam company Cloudmark—had never seen an iMessage spam. But he and his company now say that, thanks to one particularly aggressive campaign from a junk mailer, it accounts for more than 30 percent of all mobile spam messages.”

WIRED reports that it is “very easy” to spam an iMessage user because of the integration of Apple’s computers (MacBooks and iMacs) and its mobile devices (iPhones and iPads). A spammer only needs to create a dummy email account, and then hack into the iMessage database to message anyone with your iMessage details (such as Apple ID or phone number). Landesman from Cloudmark calls it “a spammer’s dream,” adding “with four lines of code, using Apple scripts, you can tell your Mac machine to send a message to whoever they want.”

This hack not only lets spammers target you, it also lets them verify your user name and also whether you read the spam. In today’s BYOD world, this could cause additional problems for security-conscious organizations who want to utilize IM to get their work done, but can’t afford to put their organization at risk of a security breach. That is, unless your company is fortunate enough to be running BlackBerry’s Enterprise Mobility Management solution, BES10, which lets IT managers turn off iMessage.

That’s a drastic step, though. You as a user may be better off doing what the New York Times recently suggested, which is to “try BBM as an alternative to iMessage.” Here’s five reasons why:

1) BBM is architected in a way that protects our 85 million users against spammers. iMessage works off of phone number or Apple ID. Anyone who has your number or Apple ID can send you messages whether you want them to or not. With BBM, users have a lot more control due to our “invite and accept” paradigm. In other words, both parties need to be mutually committed to being contacts in order to send and receive messages.

2) BBM gives you control. There’s no spam on BBM due to its self-policing system. Users are in control of their contact list and there is no way to send a message without being contacts. You can’t control someone showing up to your house, but you don’t have to open the door. With BBM someone can request to be added to your list, but you don’t have to accept their invite.

3) BBM Protected ups the security ante. Privacy is the main issue with iMessage and spam. BBM protects your privacy by only allowing users to send messages to approved contacts. Our secure enterprise messaging service, BBM Protected, takes it a step further by adding an advanced layer of encryption. This ensures your messages aren’t vulnerable to spying or hacking while being transmitted.

4) BBM empowers you to protect yourself from unsolicited messages. On the rare chance that you get spam or an unwanted ad, you only need to block the person from your contact list and refuse further attempts to reach you in the future.

5) BBM’s anti-spam features work on any platform. BBM is structured so that each user has a unique PIN that’s unique to him or her, regardless of what device is used. Here’s the added bonus: BBM is a true multi-platform network that allows you to securely message users on BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone and Android. That’s virtually 100% of all smartphones and tablets out there today. iMessage is only available on Apple products.

About Jeff Gadway

I'm the head of product and brand marketing for BBM. This means I work with our engineers, product managers, growth hackers and marketing communications team to create and communicate the magic of BBM. Off the clock, I'm a dog lover, coffee enthusiast and love helping start-ups with marketing stuff.

Join the conversation

Show comments Hide comments
+ -
  • http://nerdberry.net/2014/08/22/5-ways-bbm-is-not-vulnerable-like-imessages-spam-issues/ 5 ways BBM is not vulnerable like iMessage’s spam issues – NerdBerry

    […] Via: Inside BlackBerry […]

  • http://www.TechInsider.net/apple-inc-aapl-blackberry-ltd-bbry-five-reasons-why-bbm-beats-imessage/1113926.html Apple Inc. (AAPL), BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY): Five Reasons Why BBM Beats iMessage | Tech Insider

    […] Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has compared its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iMessage and listed five ways […]

  • http://9to5mac.com/2014/08/22/blackberry-goes-on-the-offensive-claims-five-ways-bbm-trumps-apples-imessage/ BlackBerry goes on the offensive, claims five ways BBM trumps Apple’s iMessage | 9to5Mac

    […] service, BlackBerry Messenger, which it says is a more secure alternative to iMessage. In a recent blog post (via BGR), the handset maker goes on to list five reasons why its messaging platform is better […]

  • http://www.idevice.ro/2014/08/22/blackberry-ne-explica-de-ce-bbm-este-superior-imessage/ Blackberry ne explica de ce BBM este superior iMessage | iDevice.ro

    […] exclusiv pentru ei. Intr-o tentativa de a isi face serviciu popular, cei de la Blackberry incerca sa profite de un studiu recent care dezvaluie ca iMessage este responsabil pentru 30% din spam-ul trimis prin […]

  • http://www.poderpda.com/plataformas/blackberry/bbm-vs-imessage-seguridad-contra-el-problema-del-spam/ BBM vs iMessage; seguridad contra el problema del SPAM | PoderPDA

    […] una entrada en su blog oficial, la compañía canadiense hace hincapié en cinco puntos en particular por los que el BBM es mejor […]

  • http://theinfinitestudio.com/uncategorized/blackberry-takes-advantage-of-imessage-spam-reports-to-tout-bbm/ BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tout BBM - The Infinite Studio

    […] of iMessage’s vulnerability to spam messages to tout its BlackBerry Messenger app. In a blog post, the company highlights a report from earlier this week that said iMessage users see quite a bit of […]

  • http://techjuice.com.au/2014/08/22/blackberry-takes-advantage-of-imessage-spam-reports-to-tout-bbm/ BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tout BBM | techjuice.com.au

    […] of iMessage’s vulnerability to spam messages to tout its BlackBerry Messenger app. In a blog post, the company highlights a report from earlier this week that said iMessage users see quite a bit of […]

  • http://froginthebox.com/2014/08/22/blackberry-takes-advantage-of-imessage-spam-reports-to-tout-bbm/ BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tout BBM | Frog In The Box

    […] of iMessage’s vulnerability to spam messages to tout its BlackBerry Messenger app. In a blog post, the company highlights a report from earlier this week that said iMessage users see quite a bit of […]

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/news/why-bbm-is-better-than-imessage/ BlackBerry Details Why BBM Isn’t Vulnerable to Spam Like iMessage | iPhone in Canada Blog - Canada's #1 iPhone Resource

    […] goods spammers” to get their junk messages on users’ iOS devices and Mac OS machines. Today, BlackBerry has claimed that since Apple is “moving slowly” to help out “beleaguered users”, iMessage users should […]

  • http://www.xenoinstitute.com/blackberry-takes-advantage-of-imessage-spam-reports-to-tout-bbm/ BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tout BBM | Xeno institute

    […] of iMessage’s vulnerability to spam messages to tout its BlackBerry Messenger app. In a blog post, the company highlights a report from earlier this week that said iMessage users see quite a bit of […]

  • http://safarisucks.com/blackberry-takes-advantage-of-imessage-spam-reports-to-tout-bbm/ BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tout BBM | Safari Sucks

    […] of iMessage’s vulnerability to spam messages to tout its BlackBerry Messenger app. In a blog post, the company highlights a report from earlier this week that said iMessage users see quite a bit of […]

  • http://apple4ladies.com/2014/08/blackberry-takes-advantage-of-imessage-spam-reports-to-tout-bbm/ BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tout BBM -

    […] of iMessage’s vulnerability to spam messages to tout its BlackBerry Messenger app. In a blog post, the company highlights a report from earlier this week that said iMessage users see quite a bit of […]

  • http://www.istylenews.com/blackberry-takes-advantage-of-imessage-spam-reports-to-tout-bbm/ BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tout BBM | i Style News.com

    […] of iMessage’s vulnerability to spam messages to tout its BlackBerry Messenger app. In a blog post, the company highlights a report from earlier this week that said iMessage users see quite a bit of […]

  • http://weebic.com/test2/?p=4180 BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tout BBM | WeeBic

    […] of iMessage’s vulnerability to spam messages to tout its BlackBerry Messenger app. In a blog post, the company highlights a report from earlier this week that said iMessage users see quite a bit of […]

  • http://fiberhost.us/wp/?post=123 Tech Blog

    […] of iMessage’s vulnerability to spam messages to tout its BlackBerry Messenger app. In a blog post, the company highlights a report …read […]

  • http://www.discovercheapstuff.com/2014/08/22/blackberry-goes-on-the-offensive-claims-5-methods-bbm-trumps-apples-imessage/16179/ BlackBerry goes on the offensive, claims 5 methods BBM trumps Apple’s iMessage - Daily NewsDaily News

    […] has a messaging service, BlackBerry Messenger, which it says is a safer various to iMessage. In a recent blog post (via BGR), the handset maker goes on to listing 5 explanation why its messaging platform is best […]

  • http://ipad.rs/blackberry-comes-out-firing-with-5-reasons-bbm-tops-apples-imessage-service/ BlackBerry comes out firing with 5 reasons BBM tops Apple’s iMessage service | iPad.rs - iPad News Feeds

    […] In a new blog post, the companys Jeff Gadway, head of product and brand marketing for BBM, attempts to hype the competing service. […]

  • http://www.mobile361.com/2014/08/blackberry-comes-out-firing-with-5-reasons-bbm-tops-apples-imessage-service/ BlackBerry comes out firing with 5 reasons BBM tops Apple’s iMessage service | MOBILE361

    […] In a new blog post, the companys Jeff Gadway, head of product and brand marketing for BBM, attempts to hype the competing service. […]

  • http://www.redmondpie.com/bbm-is-better-than-apples-imessage-says-blackberry-and-heres-why/ BBM Is Better Than Apple’s iMessage Says BlackBerry, And Here's Why | Redmond Pie

    […] (Source: BlackBerry) […]

  • http://apple4ladies.com/2014/08/blackberry-jumps-on-reports-of-imessage-spam-to-tout-the-benefits-of-bbm/ BlackBerry jumps on reports of iMessage spam to tout the benefits of BBM -

    […] being a haven for spammers, the official BlackBerry Blog seized the opportunity to pen a post detailing 5 reasons why BlackBerry’s own BBM messaging service is impervious to the spam reportedly affecting […]

  • http://www.how2seobacklink.com/blackberry-promotes-bbm-in-wake-of-imessage-spam-issues/ BlackBerry Promotes BBM In Wake Of iMessage Spam Issues | SEO BACKLINK

    […] has wasted no time in grabbing the opportunity to boast about its BBM services. In a recent blog post by BlackBerry, the Canadian company took the opportunity to share some of the key features of BBM, and in some of […]

  • http://www.discovercheapstuff.com/2014/08/23/blackberry-lists-advantages-of-bbm-whereas-imessage-spam-rises/16349/ BlackBerry Lists Advantages of BBM Whereas iMessage Spam Rises - Daily NewsDaily News

    […] Supply: BlackBerry […]

  • http://blog.androidboard.org/blackberry-lists-benefits-of-bbm-while-imessage-spam-rises/ BlackBerry Lists Benefits of BBM While iMessage Spam Rises - AndroidBoard | Latest Android News and Reviews | AndroidBoard | Latest Android News and Reviews

    […] Source: BlackBerry […]

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-news/839806-blackberry-boasts-about-bbm-after-reports-imessage-spam.html#post7132527 BlackBerry Boasts about BBM after Reports of iMessage Spam

    […] […]

  • http://iphoneza.co.za/blackberry-jumps-on-reports-of-imessage-spam-to-tout-the-benefits-of-bbm/ iPhoneZA | BlackBerry jumps on reports of iMessage spam to tout the benefits of BBM |

    […] being a haven for spammers, the official BlackBerry Blog seized the opportunity to pen a post detailing 5 reasons why BlackBerry’s own BBM messaging service is impervious to the spam reportedly affecting […]

blog comments powered by Disqus