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.
“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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