BlackBerry Safe From Carrier IQ ‘Spyware,’ RIM Says
Research In Motion does not install, nor authorize, its carrier partners to install “Carrier IQ” monitoring software on its BlackBerry smartphones, the company said on Thursday.
RIM made the statement after a security researcher said the “Carrier IQ” application, which can monitor what device users are doing, has been installed on mobile devices from multiple vendors without the knowledge or consent of customers.
“RIM does not pre-install the Carrier IQ app on BlackBerry smartphones or authorize its carrier partners to install the Carrier IQ app before sales or distribution,” RIM said.
“RIM also did not develop or commission the development of the Carrier IQ application, and has no involvement in the testing, promotion, or distribution of the app.”
Trevor Eckhart, the researcher who demonstrated in online videos how the software works, focused on devices using Google’s Android operating system, but he also mentioned other operating systems, including RIM’s BlackBerry and Nokia’s Symbian system as having the software installed.
Nokia also denied their phones used the software.
“CarrierIQ does not ship products for any Nokia devices,” a company spokesman said.
In a statement posted to its website last month, Carrier IQ said its software is used by network operators to help improve network quality and troubleshoot device problems.
“While we look at many aspects of a device’s performance, we are counting and summarizing performance, not recording keystrokes, or providing tracking tools,” the Mountain View, California-based company said.
Since Eckhart’s videos first appeared, a firestorm of criticism has erupted in online forums and on Twitter, where users complain about breach of privacy.
“In principle, technology like this could be highly beneficial to both networks and users, but by crossing the line of what is deemed as acceptable by the privacy lobby Carrier IQ has run into problems,” said Ben Wood, research director at CCS Insight.
Carrier IQ issued a cease-and-desist letter to Eckhard last month before later retracting it and apologizing to the researcher.
I just noticed that there’s a new OBD2 software for Nokia Symbian S60 smartphones. It’s OBDScope. There aren’t many OBD software apps for Nokia.
This software does work nicely with the OBDLink Bluetooth. The software uses the OBD-II Bluetooth interface to access the data available on the ECU of the vehicle. With OBDScope the data can be monitored in real-time and it can be logged to a file for further analysis.
In the coming weeks, I should do a full test with OBDScope.
- Read diagnostic trouble codes and other diagnostic data
- Erase diagnostic trouble codes and clear the ‘Check Engine’ light
- Read live data from sensors of the vehicle and view the data with multi-gauge display
- Data logging – save sensor data to a local file
- Web logging – send sensor data to a remote server
- An international interface that supports 13 languages
- GPS location support
- Fuel economy tracking
Also, Torque should come out with an OBD2 app for Blackberries.
I will be in the lookout for this one too.
Some people asks us: Why you cannot get a refund for software?
We buy these licenses from the developer and they are non-refundable to us also. This rule would be the same for anyone who resells sfotware because the ScanXL and other enhanced programs are licensed to individuals when they buy them. They cannot be resold as a tangible item could be, once it’s registered under your name.
That’s why we cannot give any refunds on:
- ScanXL Standard
- Ford Enhanced Software Package
- GM Enhanced Software Package
- Mazda Enhanced Software Package
- ScanMaster Software
Carplugs will finally have the GM Enhanced Software Package for ScanXL.
GM enhanced diagnostics add-on supports all Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Pontiac, & Saturn vehicles from 1996 – 2009. In addition to giving you the ability to read and clear codes on powertrain, hybrid, transmission and other proprietary systems, it also adds thousands of new parameters and sensors for both gasoline and diesel vehicles.
Look for here soon
Scanmaster Diagnostic for your OBD2 car is available at a crazy low price at Carplugs.com
$ 45.00 is the best you can get for Scanmaster.
Scanmaster is an advance obd-ii software for your Elmscan5 family scan tool.
Does not work with Chinese ELM clones, like the ones on sale on Ebay, Kijji and Craigslist.
This is a very good diagnostic software for obd2 cars ( 1996 and newer). Also runs on C.A.N compatible cars.
You can with Scanmaster do:
- Read Codes
- Erase Codes
- Read Sensor data
- Remove Check Engine Light
- Make Result Graphs
Check it out here: http://www.carplugs.com/obdiisoftware.html
Carplugs is now selling the Ford Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on.
The Ford enhanced diagnostics add-on supports all Ford, Lincoln, & Mercury vehicles from 1996 – 2008. In addition to giving you the ability to read and clear codes on powertrain, ABS, airbag, transmission and other proprietary systems, it also adds thousands of new parameters and sensors for both gasoline and diesel vehicles.
If you are the owner of an independent service or repair facility then you know that good tools can mean the difference between being able to find and fix the problem, or having to send the customer elsewhere. With generic only OBD-II scan tools you often cannot service some vehicle systems like ABS, airbag, or other proprietary systems. Using our ScanXL™ Ford Enhanced Diagnostic Add-on, you now have access to dealer-level diagnostic capabilities for not only the powertrain systems, but also ABS, airbag, and other proprietary systems that would otherwise require expensive dealer tools to work with.
Supported OBD-II protocols: J1850 (PWM and VPW), ISO-9141, and ISO-14230 (KWP2000), and ISO-15765 (CAN).
ScanXL Ford Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on can only be used with the ScanXL software.
The ScanXL software must be purchased before the Ford Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on can be used.
~ ScanXL Ford Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on is for use exclusively with the ElmScan 5 family of scan tools. ~
1996 is the year the OBD-II system was standardized for passenger vehicles sold in the United States. In Europe, this was standardized in 2001 for gasoline vehicles and 2004 for diesel passenger cars. Please verify that your vehicle is OBD compliant before purchasing.
Here is a good website with all of the software compatible with the ELMScan5: