Feeds

Got a BlackBerry? It may be telling your friends when you watch pr0n

Show what I'm listening to: 'I have come to clean your pool'

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Using a Blackberry Z10 for a little one-handed surfing might be more public than desired, as the social-sharing baked into the OS likes to share, um, everything.

Blackberry OS10, used on the Z10 handset, integrates social sharing deep into the OS and many users opt in to alerting Blackberry Messenger contacts about their musical preferences.

As the system is also linked to the video player, BBM contacts are getting notified about porn preferences too, which might prove more embarrassing than the latest single from One Direction.

"... is listening to 'pornhub.com'" goes one example update posted to the Crackberry forum, while "...is listening to 'tube8.com'" runs another.

It's not the browser which is broadcasting these social media updates, but the media player which is triggered when one watches a full-screen video from such sites (... so we've heard).

Switching off the smut-sharing is easy. Go into the BBM app and a simple downward swipe opens the settings, of which the first is "Show what I'm listening to". It's off by default, but worth double checking if one wishes to keep one's preferred source of porno - not to mention the extensive Cilla Black collection - a private matter.

Sharing one's musical listening was all the rage back in the early days of social media, but rapidly declined as the constant stream of updates become more annoying than valuable.

These days Twitter has inured us to vomiting streams of pointless prattle, so perhaps the time has come to start sharing our listening habits again. Though hopefully, pornographic preferences will always remain a private affair. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.