One of the reasons why companies like Apple, Google, BlackBerry, and Microsoft advise users to download apps from the official app store is because apart from the cut they get from app sales, it is also safer. Most of the time they have systems in place where apps are reviewed and checked for malware before it is released to the app store, thus assuring users that their downloads are safe and clean (for the most part).
BlackBerry’s system is called the BlackBerry Guardian where it helps to scan BlackBerry 10 apps, but the good news for BlackBerry users who tend to download a lot of Android apps is that BlackBerry Guardian will now be applied to Android apps download from the Amazon Appstore and other sources.
This is according to a recent post by BlackBerry who wrote, “If a suspicious app is detected, the user will have the choice to proceed or cancel the installation. This on-device service will be available for free to users of the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic and future BlackBerry 10 devices. Existing BlackBerry 10 customers can expect to see BlackBerry Guardian in an upcoming BlackBerry 10 software update.”
Of course ensuring that your downloads come from a trusted source will always be a good way of preventing malicious apps from being installed on your phone, but now we guess BlackBerry users can feel safer knowing that there is an additional layer of security in place to protect them.