Protect your BlackBerry and PC from evil with Max Mobile Security for BlackBerry 10

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By James Richardson on 27 Feb 2013 08:42 am EST
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Max Mobile Security has been built for BlackBerry 10 to protect users from potential threats - not just on our smartphones, but on our PC's too. And why do we need this you may well ask. I can only presume that the answer to that is Android. BlackBerry has always been renowned for its security and the same applies for BlackBerry apps. But now that we have BlackBerry 10 we can also run Android apps and there may be a chance that some evil sorcery may get onto our phones. I may have exaggerated a wee bit there with the sorcery but if your BlackBerry did pick something up would that then be transferred to your computer once the two are connected?

That's where Max Mobile Security comes in. The developers recommend a weekly scan of your BlackBerry 10 device just to be on the safe side. I suppose having an Anti Virus application certainly won't do users any harm. Better to be safe than sorry.

Max Mobile Security is currently free in BlackBerry World but it will revert to its ongoing price of £5.00 in the next couple of weeks so you had better go and grab it.

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Protect your BlackBerry and PC from evil with Max Mobile Security for BlackBerry 10

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I just bought the security system and then I see this debate about it! I don't know who is right. It's very interesting.

why does this app download pics from my BOX cloud storage account? seems malicious to me.... uninstalled as that was weird and I think they may just be mining for data themselves.... Gonna call em up.

The difference is it ant harm the OS, as it can on android devices, blackberry never stated malware android apps couldn't harm the phone, and even has precautions to protect blackberry users. They partnered with a company who is scanning all the old and new apps, and they also have a process like apple having people check and accept apps.

The article is a pointless attack on blackberry. If you choose to sideload an app, its not blackberrys fault if it has malware, and the malware can not inflect the same damage it can on android.
http://hackpla.net/blackberry-10-malware/

Uh, no.
The Android Player is sandboxed. You can no more get a virus from an Android app than you could get one from running any other OS in a VM on your desktop.

Have ported an android malware to my dev alpha for POC, will upload an article soon on it. The malware can't touch the OS but it can steal basic info and contacts.

well I talked to their tech support and they said it doesn't do that, so I am now waiting on an email reply because the online chat tech support didn't know or want to deal with this issue.

The difference is it ant harm the OS, as it can on android devices, blackberry never stated malware android apps couldn't harm the phone, and even has precautions to protect blackberry users. They partnered with a company who is scanning all the old and new apps, and they also have a process like apple having people check and accept apps.

The article is a pointless attack on blackberry. If you choose to sideload an app, its not blackberrys fault if it has malware, and the malware can not inflect the same damage it can on android.
http://hackpla.net/blackberry-10-malware/

Hopefully this will dispel the misconception a lot of people here seem to have that the Z10 is somehow more secure than other brands. When you as a regular buyer use a Z10 you are not hooked up to BIS like the BB's of old, so your data travels through the same channels as any other smartphone.

This app is complete junk. First, it doesn't have the correct permissions to check the whole system for viruses/malwares, second, its database only contains signatures for some Android malwares, but again it doesn't have the correct permissions to scan android runtime. And the worst thing is - it doesn't have write/delete permissions either. So - useless app.

We only delete malicious files not apps since there is no permission to do that, the malicious apps are shown as suspicious apps and can be deleted by the user.

then why did it start to download from MY box account. seems like data mining to me. your tech support is useless and now they wont reply to my email I have sent. get your act together. the link in the app to YOUR mobile site does not work at all. I think you are trying to scam peoples personal identities. I am a very savy computer user, I will sue and if I found out you have indeed tried to scam me, watch out. I can do a lot more with a computer than you can do with your app. I will bombard you. I hacked anonymous. I track spammers and send them their own home address and pics of their houses and businesses to them. try me.

We don't have any permissions to upload anything, we have only 1 permission to scan your shared folder thats all. Our scanner might have scanned your MYBOX folder thats all, thats the only permission we have. If you have any queries send me an email and I will clarify any of your doubts.

it tried to download my BOX files, I had to quit the app to get it to stop. I know when someone is trying to mine my data. I am calling Blackberry, Apple and Google and your app is about to be removed from all three stores.

where in my comment did I say it tried to upload anything? where? It's been 30 minutes since I sent the email, has a nice bold subject line, I dont think you could miss that at all.

Seriously you expect an app developer to answer your support enquiry within minutes? You're a spoiled brat - wait at least 48 hours before complain.

wow. someone went from semi normal to bat sh!t paranoid in 1.2 seconds flat. maybe I should ring up my antivirus vendor and crap all over them because they want to scan any storage device I connect to my computer including my Blackberry.
Gentlemen round up the horses, we have a lynching tonight!

If I wanted any thing Android I would buy an Android phone. I don't and will not port anything to my Berry phone or PlayBook.

There are reasons I chose BlackBerry...and security is one of them...this seems pointless and a waste of money.

all you said in your email is the same as you said here in the commets. I am calling Thorstein about this now, tech support has been alerted and I talked to a Manager there. they are now looking into your app. I told you I was serious.

here is a pic to prove it. I searched through application permissions, you have just lied to me on a public thread note the red rectangle. http://sdrv.ms/Y2MpWX do you honestly think there would be a line in there that states, Ability to Data Mine? Do you think I am some sort of RUBE?

why do you even need to scan MY CLOUD STORAGE? I upload safe files there. I am not stupid in any way, shape or form.. You insult my intelligence just by posting that. Your APP ONLY needs access to files, not cloud storage, BBM, Contacts or anything else. It should only have rights to access downloads and android files. This is pathetic. Anyways I will spread the word to everyone NOT to use your app. You have ruined yourself today. Your reputation has been ruined and any credibility as an app maker.

We scan the entire shared folder, thats the only permission in there. We do not touch contact permissions, we have a share on BBM feature as it is a recommended feature in Built For Blackberry. There is no specific permission for downloads and android files. If you have any further queries feel free to email me. Have a good day.

I'm on the phone direct BRAT LINE with God. I'm asking him to terminate you in 15 mins. Bye.

Brilliant. How did your chat with Thorstein go??

I can fully understand if you have concerns regarding an application, but you appear to have taken an interesting approach to voicing them!

An antivirus app for the Z10? Really?! Does anybody actually understand how QNX works? This app is useless.

this app downloads all your cloud storage files, there should not be any rights for it to access those files at all, the dev has tried to misconstrued my words and uses double talk. This app accesses my music, pictures, contacts, bbm, videos and Cloud Storage. Why I don't see any reason it would have to.

I've just spoken with God he totally agree, you're a brat as soon as he can he'll terminate you.

I have been quite satisfied with all the other BB10 apps, none of which have this many permissions granted to them.

I am sorry Kevin and the rest of the Crackberry team for this happening on your site but the dev originally would not answer emails and their tech support blatantly said they would not deal with it.

Who are you calling a brat? I am 41 years old. Also Learn to spell if you are going to try a feeble attempt to insult me. I was told by His tech person they would respond immediately. It took to posting here to get his attention.

You brat dream to be able to write and spell at my standard in a language that isnt your mother tongue.

Someone ban this troll kid. I did a search of his name and every single post he has made has been hate filled and of a trolling nature. Must be an iphonie.
check out all his posts here: http://goo.gl/KUU8H
you will see the trend, seriously CB doesn't need jerks like that posting on here.

I had a legitimate concern and now have to deal with some fool thinking he is clever.

Any questionable apps- report to the BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team at secure@rim.com. These guys respond right away and are on the ball..

I called their HQ in Waterloo, they put me through to the right people. That app is going to be removed from the store. Dave 79 up there needs to be removed as well. Thanks f_d for the help all the same.

BB/CB 'Watch Dawgs' are a good thing!!!!!!!!! Somebody needs to keep an extremely close eye on these fuckers! This is a new OS making It a "new frontier" so to speak. Being just that, we need a new sheriff in town. One that's confident in His/ Her actions and knowledgable in Regards to QNX/BB10 to boot! Native Apps UP!!!!!!! Sideloads Down!!!!!!!!! Matter of fact I'm coining that phrase right now!!! 'CrackBerry Watch Dawgs'. ThatPlayBookGuy is the first of hopefully many BB10 supporters to take a closer look @ these new age app devs and the products they make
For our devices. I choose the Q10 as my weapon of choice! Will it available in Chattanooga in April??????............................................... God I Hope So!!

If it doesn't make dollars, how does it make sense????????

Thank You for your support. When Sony's PSN got hacked, I had more information for Sony's team within 24 hours than that of their own paid team. Home addresses, Cell numbers of the hackers and their REAL NAMES. Sony sends me $20 in psn credit every two months since then.
I haven't had a virus on my pc since 1996. I am very knowledgeable when it comes to the net. Dave79 up there is mad cause he's stuck on a 9830 and has no money to upgrade to a z10. When I talked to BB tech support earlier today, they said there is ZERO CHANCE of a virus getting into BB10 or QNX. This company which I have never heard of before today, be it app making or pc anti virus, is full of lies.

"When Sony's PSN got hacked, I had more information for Sony's team within 24 hours than that of their own paid team. Home addresses, Cell numbers of the hackers and their REAL NAMES." -thatplaybookguy

Got proof? Without it, I find this rather unbelievable. But whatever helps you sleep at night, I guess.

"When I talked to BB tech support earlier today, they said there is ZERO CHANCE of a virus getting into BB10 or QNX." -thatplaybookguy

Software does not play in the world of absolutes. There is no such thing as perfect, unhackable software. Even the Pentagon would like you to think that their network and proprietary software is impenetrable, but it's been proven otherwise in the past. If a BB Tech told you that there is "ZERO CHANCE of a virus getting into BB10 or QNX", then they lied to you.

Here's a decent read of some recent BlackBerry malware tests using the Android runtime. They concluded the article stating that even the native SDK has its holes that need to be worked out.
http://hackpla.net/blackberry-10-malware/

i can't see the Android player causing a problem for the rest of the OS the rest operates nothign liek android and when comparing the paths and such that malware and spyware can take on an Android its very different on BB10 but like others have said its better safe then sorry

@thatplaybookguy: Please don't forget to leave a review with your findings on appworld . Thanks for spotting this and pointing it out

I had posted two reviews regarding the fact that after a scan i would get a notification saying Title and Body. I found that fishy and wrote two reviews neither have shown up on the review page and i also emailed concerening what i saw to the maker of the app and i never got a response so i deleted the app i dont trust it!

The last I check the app is still available for download. I guess Thor must have make a snappy decision to keep the app in BlackBerry World.