Over the last 24 hours there have been reports of the new Facebook messenger app’s over-reaching arm with regard to it’s permissions. A friend of mine posted on his Facebook status that he was unhappy with what the app was asking to have access to and wondered if anyone had any suggestions. This of course prompted me to suggest BBM and advising that a BlackBerry device was the way to go.
Sam Fiorella of the Huffington Post also wrote about this issue concluding that the best step was to delete the app and review your terms of service in order to protect your privacy.
Over at onthemedia.org, PJ Vogt advises us that all each of the permissions can be explained away with erroneous reasons for why this app needs access to certain areas. Predictably there are always apologists for this kind of security flaw.
Here at UTB, the problem is less of an issue than anywhere else in the mobile tech world. Why? We have known for a long time that application permissions are non-negotiable when it comes to privacy and security. The only ‘alternative’ messenger service, as my friend asked, is BBM. Security is becoming the name of the game. This is why BlackBerry wants to put BBM on every platform out there. If you must avoid a BlackBerry device (and there’s absolutely no reason why you should) or you a waiting for your next upgrade to allow you to come #BackToBlack, at least make BBM your messenger default.
Protect yourselves. Go BBM!