Blackberries , encryption and other mobile phones
adrianhayter at gmail.com
Mon Aug 2 13:37:24 BST 2010
In terms of email, it would depend on the protocol used, and the configuration of the protocol. For instance, I have an Android phone that is synced to my Google account, and Google Email uses SSL to encrypt mail both ways (sending & receiving). This is the case regardless if you use POP3 or IMAP. However, encryption isn't a requirement for the POP3 and IMAP protocols to work, so it would depend on the email provider in that case.
On 2 Aug 2010, at 08:44, Mary Hawking wrote:
> According to Radio 4 Today this morning, the UAE is banning some functions of Blackberries because they are encrypted, the servers are outside the UAE and Blackberry has refused to allow access to the encrypted messages and calls and regard this as a security threat.
> The piece also said that they are not banning iPhones and, by implication, other mobiles: does this mean that the traffic on these is available to the UAE security forces, at any rate, when used within their territory?
> I'm about to change from an ancient Nokia and have been considering Blackberry, iPhone and Android (not necessarily in that order): what are the security models of each, and do they depend on the handset or the network?
> I.e. if I continue with O2 and get a Blackberry, does the handling of the messages depend on the device (Blackberry) or the network supplier (O2), and would it be different if I got an iPhone (or one of the Android phones) but still stayed with O2?
> Mary Hawking
> non-techie GP
> Mary Hawking
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