BlackBerry devices ‘more secure than ever’

BlackBerry devices 'more secure than ever'

​Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has insisted its handsets are "as secure as ever".

The company made the claims in response to news that Dutch police had been able to read encrypted messages sent using its devices.

However, the pieces of hardware at the centre of the allegations were, according to BlackBerry, modified by third parties.

The company has therefore placed the blame on insecure third-party apps and lacklustre security precautions.

Some third-parties have been known to sell modified handsets known as PGP Blackberrys, which claim to offer an additional layer of encryption to communications.

The accusations against BlackBerry will have been seen as a slight blemish on its reputation for strong data security, which has long been one of its main selling points, particularly in the face of falling hardware sales.

While hopes remain high for BlackBerry's Android-based Priv smartphone, data security remains a large part of the company's appeal, with US president Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both often pictured with their respective handsets.

And BlackBerry is confident that questions surrounding the security of encrypted data on its devices are unwarranted.

The company said in a recent blog post: "If such an information recovery did happen, access to this information from a Blackberry device could be due to factors unrelated to how the Blackberry device was designed.

"There are no backdoors in any Blackberry devices."

It added that BlackBerry does not store or share device passwords with anyone, including the authorities.

It added: "Provided that users follow recommended practices, Blackberry devices remain as secure and private as they have always been."