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Guardly Personal Safety App Coming to BlackBerry Next Week

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Guardly CEO Josh Sookman demos the app for iPhone.

Guardly will be launching its mobile personal safety app for BlackBerry next week. The app turns a BlackBerry into a next-generation mobile personal safety service and has been available for iPhone since April. The app is geared towards students, young professionals, travelers, seniors living alone, or anyone who frequently walks alone at night, and people who may find themselves in abusive relationships or faced with medical conditions. Friends and family can also use Guardly to watch over each other during natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods and tornadoes.

The app provides 1-tap connection to a trusted safety network via conference call, email, text message, the web and real-time location tracking. Guardly can even auto-dial 911, campus security or other first responders as part of the alert. The app includes a free basic alerting service and a premium version that includes powerful collaboration features.

Interestingly, the founder and CEO, Josh Sookman, is ex-BlackBerry Partners Fund so he clearly knows how to raise money for the startup.

Stay tuned to guardly.com for the app announcement.

ShareFile Announces BlackBerry File Sharing App for Business

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ShareFile provides secure file transfer and full-featured virtual data room solutions that enable companies to exchange large and/or confidential business files. The company is debuting its BlackBerry app, alongside apps for the iPad and Android tablets. Central to the ShareFile experience is security, and all data transmitted between ShareFile’s tablet and smartphone applications and user’s mobile device is encrypted.

To download the free ShareFile app, use the OTA link at dl.sharefile.com/bb.

Read more about mobile ShareFile solutions on their site.

The PlayBook Will Be the First Tablet to Truly Enter Government

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RIM has just announced that the PlayBook has received FIPS 140-2 certification, making the BlackBerry PlayBook the first tablet certified for deployment within U.S. federal government agencies. No other tablet on the market has gained FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is required under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA). While some sites will claim that the iPad has made significant moves in government, from what we can tell it’s for very minimal use cases such as presentations and there doesn’t seem to be any significant deployment to date.

According to Bloomberg, the US Military has been testing tablets across all branches. The services are looking to tablets to replace laptops as well as paper manuals, maps, biometric devices and some communications tools. The U.S. Army is leaning toward the PlayBook because RIM “addressed security concerns from the get-go,” said Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dosmann, who oversees mobile device pilot- testing for the Army’s cybersecurity division. Security remains an issue for Apple and may hold back wider use of iPads, he said.
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WatchDox Secure Document Sharing Solution Announcing BlackBerry Support

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WatchDox, a provider of document security solutions, will be announcing their new Blackberry support on July 25. With WatchDox, companies can share important documents securely with a cloud-based service for protecting, controlling and tracking sensitive documents. When the service goes live for BlackBerry, companies will be able to easily view secure WatchDox files in PDF or Microsoft Office format and document owners can restrict files from being copied, printed or forwarded and can remotely revoke access to documents in real-time.

Head over to the WatchDox site for more about pricing and features.

Germany’s IT Security Agency Warns of “Critical Weaknesses” in Apple’s iOS

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The average consumer simply doesn’t care about security today, but they will in 5 years. You can’t go an entire week without reading a story about the Chinese Government or some hacker group trying to access an individual or corporation’s private data. As smartphones become more ubiquitous, users are going to buy more of the smartphone platform that affords them more protection against malware and potential theft of personal data.

Recently, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security warned that clicking on an infected PDF file “is sufficient to infect the mobile device with malware without the user’s knowledge” on several versions of Apple’s iOS operating system. A statement filed said that cyber criminals could access confidential information such as passwords, online banking data and emails.

Apple Wesbite Hacked With User and Password Details Leaked

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The hacker group Anonymous has hacked into one of Apple’s servers used to process technical support follow-up surveys. The hack has revealed some 27 usernames and passwords and while the hack hasn’t revealed any customer data, it does expose internal passwords and usernames. What’s more interesting is whether the hacking team has managed to hack into Apple’s iCloud service. According to Lulzsec representatives: “After mapping their internal network and thoroughly pillaging all of their servers, we grabbed all their source code and database passwords, which we proceeded to shift silently back to our storage deck.” A hack of the iCloud service could really affect Apple once the service is more popular.

The usernames and passwords are available on Pastebin.