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Letter from Canada August 10th

Lovely talks about Blackberry cellphones in Georgian Bay

Nottawasaga Bay, near Thornbury, ON.

Sitting out in my friends’ gorgeous back yard by Georgian Bay (Canada) the other evening, most of us were patriotically clutching our Blackberry cellphones.

I was tempted to tell them how many Brits look down their noses at what they call these clunky, awkward lumps of old tech.

It’s lucky I didn’t.

Just as everyone was laughing when someone mentioned how Blackberries are popular with criminals because the Police don’t know how to hack into them, another local Canookie switched a large light bulb on over my head.

Blackberries are tough-to-crack berries

“Ironically, it’s just that awkwardness that is probably going to save Blackberry’s *ss,” my Thornbury friend chuckled. “They are now introducing their encryption techniques to systems with sensitive data which can be hacked into by other means. And the Blackberry technology wee-wees all over its competitors.”

“It’s also being looked at to ensure the security of medical systems that deliver medication to patients. So it’s not merely about keeping your secrets: it could save your life.”

Ever the intrepid reporter, I had a sniff on Google to get a better picture.

“…A medical infusion pump, or other device, can be easily compromised while it’s trying to provide life-saving care for your patient, your child or your insuree at any hospital or home, and it’s time to do something about it — with BlackBerry’s help, of course…” wrote Christina Pellegrini in Canada’s Financial Post on August 3rd this year.

“…patients are afraid that the medical devices they rely on could be hijacked by hackers from anywhere in the world and at any time, stealing their data and tampering with their dosages, se. Indeed, the software could have already been breached without anyone knowing — not even the device’s manufacturer.”

What’s needed is a legal obligation

Blackberry is now heading an initiative to oblige manufacturers of medical devices to ensure they are unhackable.

“For BlackBerry, which is in search of new ways to monetize its software, such a certificate could open the door to fresh sources of revenue by servicing the needs of a broader group of customers. And the company has taken a proactive approach to talk about what it can do, as well as help hold the pen that’s writing the rules.”

See the whole article here, and check out more about Christina Pellegrini here.

And next time you want to write a text or more in total security, you know which cellphone/mobile to use…

What do you think of Blackberries?

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