A digital rights group known as Electronic Frontier Foundation, examined a number of electronic messaging systems and ranked them. EFF assessed apps that numbered more than three dozen according to their safety and security, AppleInsider stated in an article. From the findings, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s messaging systems not only fell short of EFF’s expectations but also ranked below Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). That development complicates the picture for BlackBerry considering that the company has been recently marketing itself as a provider of secure communication platforms.

EFF also took a look at other messaging apps from providers such as Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO). Also in focus was Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Skype. According to EFF, most of these services are no better than the basic email services in terms of protection against surveillance.

Although the digital rights group found Apple’s FaceTime and iMessage a little bit better than their peers, they also fell short in areas of targeted surveillance. However, EFF recognized that Apple documented the secure design of FaceTime and iMessage. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s app known as BlackBerry Protected also passed this criterion. However, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and others failed.

EFF also tested to see whether the apps used encryption and provided an independent review. As concerns provision of end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp, AIM, Skype, SnapChat, Yahoo Messenger Hangout, Facebook Messenger and BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s BBM, failed. In fact, there is where the services were found to be on the same level with the basic email. Additionally, EFF recognized that electronic messaging apps that they looked at from BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), Facebook, Google and Microsoft lacked in independent review front.

For the test that looked into whether the apps offered protection on the past communications in the event that keys are compromised and whether their code had been audited. EFF stated that Apple’s FaceTime and iMessage once again passed both tests. However, BlackBerry Protected and BlackBerry Messenger and Skype fell short of the expectation.

Off the providers, Apple showed a remarkable improvement. Its messaging apps passed six criteria that EFF examined. For BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), the EFF findings mean that the company has much work to do in the messaging app front.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Apple iFanboys Inc. I believe, paid for by profits of starving lil children and LA School District and tax payers money.

  2. This is one of those articles written by a PR firm with a fake name thats sounds awesome (EFF) that no one has ever heard of. This whole article is biased and not even scientific. ALL MESSAGES are not secure EVER !! Just look to the news and read the NSA was reading all text messages from all platforms. This article is like the fake glowing movie reviews for movies that suck but they place fake glowing reviews so the movie does well and people see it.

    Want 100 % security? Mail a letter.

  3. Just adding a source — From EFF’s Wikipedia page:
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation was formally founded on July 10, 1990, by Kapor, Gilmore and Barlow. Initial funding was provided by Kapor, Wozniak, and an anonymous benefactor.

  4. EFF is a non-profit organization funded by Apple founder and current Apple shareholder Steve Wozniak. Of course the report is going to have a favorable bias towards Apple and slam all other mainstream messaging platforms.

  5. People don’t understand encryption. Just because something is encrypted does not mean that it’s secure. Man in the middle could well be the reason iMessage is so incredibly slow. BBM travels over BlackBerry’s private network, the largest in the world, not the open Internet or a carrier network. PIN to PIN, tied to device ID. There are many reasons BBM is more private, and it can be made impenetrable for a fee. Bunk analysis by EFF.

  6. Call me whatever, but I never heard of EFF before, if they were a prominent body in security research I would know about it. It’s not like they are NSS Labs. That said, this so called EFF report is definitely not conclusive, we all know that overall, BlackBerry beats any company when it comes to security…it has become synonymous actually, whether you say security or BlackBerry both the same…who’s got the green light to be used in high security places such as the Pentagon, governments around the world as well as banks? no comparison…I never heard of a BlackBerry got hacked…can’t say the same thing about other vendors unfortunately!

    I think this BlackBerry will counter/refute this EFF report.

  7. to counter this article, read this one as well
    “Apple used its iOS anti-malware security many times to bash Android’s malware problem — which is an issue that affects plenty of Android users — but it looks like the company might have a serious iOS and OS X security issue on its hands, The New York Times reports. “

  8. Geez, you just can’t shut some Apple fanboys up. Blackberry is not Apple! Apple is definitely not Apple. DEAL WITH IT!

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