BlackBerry Storm to come with McAfee Mobile Security?

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mcafee mobile security for the BlackBerry Storm

It’s late, I’ve pretty much just touched down in beautiful Santa Clara, so please don’t blame me (too much) if this has been written about before. However, upon hitting the tarmac, one of the emails hitting my inbox contained this image indicating that the Verizon BlackBerry Storm will come with a free 30-day trial of McAfee Mobile Security. McAfee Mobile Security does what you’d expect, scanning files, messages and downloads to makes sure they’re virus free.

Thoughts people? The thought of downloading a virus to your BlackBerry is fairly new to me, so I’m wondering if this is necessary.

Thanks for the tip, Kevin!

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info/ Bla1ze

    Seems kind of pointless to me, unless of course RIM is not telling us the extent of the possibility of viruses on a BlackBerry, their has been a few “select” exploits that have been talked about as possibly causing a problem for BlackBerry devices, but most of which were proof of concepts, this (www.flexispy.com) has caused issues for RIM in the past as well…

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info Bla1ze

    Seems kind of pointless to me, unless of course RIM is not telling us the extent of the possibility of viruses on a BlackBerry, their has been a few “select” exploits that have been talked about as possibly causing a problem for BlackBerry devices, but most of which were proof of concepts, this (www.flexispy.com) has caused issues for RIM in the past as well…

  • http://www.JoshLloyd.com/ Josh Lloyd

    It’ll be the 1st program I delete. Don’t tell me rim is following Window’s annoying habit of putting stupid “trial” software on their products now! Just give me the device that I payed good money for, & don’t burden us with annoying ads & trial software. Give me a break. McAfee sucks anyways!

  • http://www.JoshLloyd.com/ Josh Lloyd

    It’ll be the 1st program I delete. Don’t tell me rim is following Window’s annoying habit of putting stupid “trial” software on their products now! Just give me the device that I payed good money for, & don’t burden us with annoying ads & trial software. Give me a break. McAfee sucks anyways!

  • http://www.JoshLloyd.com/ Josh Lloyd

    It’ll be the 1st program I delete. Don’t tell me rim is following Window’s annoying habit of putting stupid “trial” software on their products now! Just give me the device that I payed good money for, & don’t burden us with annoying ads & trial software. Give me a break. McAfee sucks anyways!

  • http://www.JoshLloyd.com Josh Lloyd

    It’ll be the 1st program I delete. Don’t tell me rim is following Window’s annoying habit of putting stupid “trial” software on their products now! Just give me the device that I payed good money for, & don’t burden us with annoying ads & trial software. Give me a break. McAfee sucks anyways!

  • PreferredUser

    While I agree that bundling trialware is typically of Windows bloat installs, there is some logic. Although BB has to date been virus free, it can easily be a carrier for malware.

    If some nefarious character sends the victim an infected Office document, it is likely that DocsToGo will open it just fine ignoring the malware payload. However when the victim syncs with their Windows desktop, the BB introduces the payload directly onto the computer bypassing the typical entry point at the firewall or mail server. In a layered defense strategy, anything that the malware writer can do to penetrate beyond the hardened perimeter is a bonus.

    It just makes heuristic detection that much more important on the desktop if zero day exploits can now be delivered via BB.

  • PreferredUser

    While I agree that bundling trialware is typically of Windows bloat installs, there is some logic. Although BB has to date been virus free, it can easily be a carrier for malware.

    If some nefarious character sends the victim an infected Office document, it is likely that DocsToGo will open it just fine ignoring the malware payload. However when the victim syncs with their Windows desktop, the BB introduces the payload directly onto the computer bypassing the typical entry point at the firewall or mail server. In a layered defense strategy, anything that the malware writer can do to penetrate beyond the hardened perimeter is a bonus.

    It just makes heuristic detection that much more important on the desktop if zero day exploits can now be delivered via BB.

  • Jivester

    I’m more concerned that RIM and other phone manufactures are going to start loading a bunch of 30-day free trials with their software like the PC manufactures do than I am an actual virus.

  • Jivester

    I’m more concerned that RIM and other phone manufactures are going to start loading a bunch of 30-day free trials with their software like the PC manufactures do than I am an actual virus.

  • Jivester

    I’m more concerned that RIM and other phone manufactures are going to start loading a bunch of 30-day free trials with their software like the PC manufactures do than I am an actual virus.

  • addictedtoBB

    I deleted this off of my computer and I’ll delete it from my Storm. It will inevitably bog down the system just as it does any computer. Complete waste of space and I’m angry that RIM would even exploit their customers like this. Sounds like something straight out of the Window’s book.

  • addictedtoBB

    I deleted this off of my computer and I’ll delete it from my Storm. It will inevitably bog down the system just as it does any computer. Complete waste of space and I’m angry that RIM would even exploit their customers like this. Sounds like something straight out of the Window’s book.

  • Dave

    Great! After 8 years of using a BlackBerry device, I now need a virus program for it – NOT!

  • Dave

    Great! After 8 years of using a BlackBerry device, I now need a virus program for it – NOT!

  • dave

    good points “PreferredUser” Now that would make sense.

  • dave

    good points “PreferredUser” Now that would make sense.

  • Samwise

    There are few spyware for bb, those track your calls, sms and even location and obviously no gui, so you wouldn’t know if you have one. So av is not entirely bad idea.

  • Samwise

    There are few spyware for bb, those track your calls, sms and even location and obviously no gui, so you wouldn’t know if you have one. So av is not entirely bad idea.

  • Larry

    An Antivirus solution for BlackBerry has existed for over 3 years. Go to http://www.smobilesystems.com . Yes, Spyware is one of the biggest infectors on BlackBerry devices.

  • Larry

    An Antivirus solution for BlackBerry has existed for over 3 years. Go to http://www.smobilesystems.com . Yes, Spyware is one of the biggest infectors on BlackBerry devices.

  • Melissa

    You may not think the chances of getting a mobile virus is big, but it is out there and it is something you should think about. Especially if your planning on downloading third party applications, which is highly possible for someone to do. I think everyone should at least think about some sort of way to protect their phones. Just imagine carring a flexispy everywhere you go seeing everything you do.

  • Melissa

    You may not think the chances of getting a mobile virus is big, but it is out there and it is something you should think about. Especially if your planning on downloading third party applications, which is highly possible for someone to do. I think everyone should at least think about some sort of way to protect their phones. Just imagine carring a flexispy everywhere you go seeing everything you do.

  • bily

    me gustaria probar que tal funciona

  • bily

    me gustaria probar que tal funciona

  • fasi

    would u the people plzzz know abt the antivirus for blackberry 8800?then send o my ID

  • fasi

    would u the people plzzz know abt the antivirus for blackberry 8800?then send o my ID

  • http://www.security-wire.com/ Remove Spyware

    Wow, will mcafee take up lots of blackberrey resources?

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    That’s got bad news written all over it. A report from Computing in the UK notes that mobile phone security attacks are increasing – and quite drastically, too.

  • Legovader212

    can you tell me if this can be downloaded onto any blackberry of any type on verizon