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This article was published on February 24, 2014

BlackBerry World adds security badges to show users which apps pass safety testing

BlackBerry World adds security badges to show users which apps pass safety testing Image by: Ethan Miller
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

BlackBerry is increasing security within its BlackBerry World app store after announcing plans to add badges that show users which apps have passed malware and security testing.

BlackBerry already provides some app vetting, but the badges will verify apps that pass the company’s own Guardian analysis program or Trend Micro’s Mobile App Reputation service. Apps that fail either scan won’t be removed from the store, but the company Correction: BlackBerry says it whatever action is needed if apps don’t pass the test, while it hopes that validating those which pass will guide users away from apps that pose a threat.

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“Given the complex nature and diversity of apps, it is implausible that any mobile vendor will be able to catch 100 percent of all malicious software,” the struggling Canadian company warns. That said, the move is an improvement on leaving the BlackBerry World gate completely open for any kind of app… though developers can still flood BlackBerry World.

➤ New App Vetting Logos Appearing in BlackBerry World [BlackBerry Business Blog]

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