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PrivacyStar by First Orion with Crowdsourced Data to Block Spam Calls


First Orion announced an update to its popular PrivacyStar app for BlackBerry. PrivacyStar is a call blocking and reverse caller lookup app that now features SmartBlock, a service that takes the top blocked numbers from amongst PrivacyStar subscribers and proactively blocks them across its entire user base. PrivacyStar also features a new Do Not Disturb function that allows users to redirect callers to their voicemail while simultaneously sending them a text message acknowledging their call.
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SmrtGuard Updates With SmrtSecurity Anti-SPAM and Anti-Virus


SmrtGuard have released SmrtSecurity in version 2.24 of their product. SmrtSecurity includes Anti-SPAM and Anti-Virus features. With Anti-SPAM, users can block unwanted calls and emails. With SmrtGuard’s reliable backup technology, the Blacklist of unwanted email and phone numbers are backed up so you don’t have to restart when switching devices. With their latest anti-virus features, you can fully protect your device from spyware. The latest version also includes some improvements and bug fixes, making this a must-download.

To download, point your browser to smrtguard.com/m.

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BlackBerry Messenger Spam Circulating Once Again


BlackBerry Messenger is getting hit with spam again, and it’s starting to get a little worrisome about RIM’s ability to keep the message client spam-free. Spam can easily kill a messaging service as everyone has seen with Windows Messenger. I personally don’t log in to Windows Messenger anymore because the second I do, I’m inundated with spam. If this continues, the value of BBM will be seriously diminished.

Here is what the message says:

Hello, greetings from RIM (Research In Motion) proprietors of BlackBerry. This message is to inform all of our users, that our servers have recently been really full, so we are asking for your help to fix this problem. We need our active users to re-send this message to everyone on your contact list inorder to confirm our active users that use BlackBerry Messenger, if you do not send this message to all your BlackBerry Messenger contacts then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts.

We apologize for the inconvenience but this is the only way possible to resolve this problem. Sincerely Research in Motion. For more information visit:

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Blackberry Call Control Promises to Curb Unwanted Calls


The Kedlin Company have announced their BlackBerry app Call Control, which was voted the Best Save Time App by the Verizon development community. The app syncs with a community-generated blacklist of spam callers, to help stop telemarketers and unwanted calls from reaching your phone.

Call Control features include:

  • Call Control stops thousands unwanted calls without the user having to key in individual telephone numbers.
  • Call Control stays up to date with new spam callers by updating your Blackberry on a daily basis.
  • If a spam call does get through, users can easily report the call and instantly block it from calling again, all with one click.
  • Callers with a restricted Caller ID are also blocked from calling.

The app looks promising and it’s going to be important for the Kedlin company to keep their community-generated list accurate. The problem with blocking calls is that even if a single important call gets blocked, it doesn’t matter how many spam calls are prevented.

Call Control is currently available for Blackberry and comes as a freemium service. There is a free Lite version and a paid Pro version for $7.99. Call Control can be downloaded by pointing your device to everycall.us/m/.

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McAfee Warns Users About BlackBerry Messenger Spam and Hoaxes



TrustedSource, the site maintained by Internet security specialists McAfee, are calling out BlackBerry Messenger as a potential threat for spam and hoaxes. The site is a hub for statistics gathered by McAfee and its customers, to give timely information about security threats and viruses. Their latest blog post reads:
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SMS parental control application – get release notifications



SMobile Security Shield Parental Control Edition is designed to protect your children and young adults from the likes of:

* Misconduct
* Exploitation
* Unwanted Communications
* Sexting
* Loss and Theft
* Malware
* Online Predators

With the Parental Control Dashboard, parents are imbued with the power of Big Brother, and can easily and effectively gain insight into their children’s mobile activities, as well as offering protection from the effects of device loss or theft. Security Shield software communicates with the dashboard server, and also provides an additional level of protection:

* Antivirus and anti-malware scanning, for automatic up-to-the- minute protection from the latest mobile threats
* Anti-spam features for filtering of calls and Text Message messages, via sender number

Get notified for when this application becomes available on BlackBerry and get 20% off the purchase price.

Check out the news report for more information.