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Old 07-24-2007, 09:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i've search many posts, and found nothing on the firewall app in the pearl.

my question is, opera mini doesn't work with the firewall enabled, but it works with it disabled.

so does the firewall need to be on or off? and does having it off leave the Pearl more "open" to outside problems?
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I used Opera and never had to mess with the firewall. It is on. It just uses it.
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thats fine, i just need to know if turning the firewall off, will allow "outside" traffic i dont want getting to the pearl
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There's no such thing as unsolicited outside traffic with cell phone data connections. Your phone does not have a public IP address, and there is no "open port" concept either like you have with devices on a TCP/IP network. The BlackBerry firewall only controls network-enabled applications already on your phone.
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when bb's arrive with wifi, that's when you might need a firewall because they will be making a direct connection to your network and the internet.

for mobile phones, i feel that sticking with the 3G and then 4G thing is the way to go. we all see what's happening with the iphone and how it's been hacked already.

imo, i don't think wifi is a technology that should be ported to mobile phones because of security.
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That's not a problem with Wi-Fi, but a problem with users either not securing their networks, or using plaintext communications over unencrypted networks. Wi-Fi support should be everywhere, especially mobile phones. It should default to being off, like bluetooth.
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Spectral,

you are right, but keep in mind, that, when feeding the masses with devices that are wifi and bluetooth equipped, many many ppl of which that buy would have no idea what they need to do to secure thier devices or how to set up 10-foot-thick concrete encryption walls for thier personal networks, etc...

i'm saying that using the internet via 3G and 4G technology is way safer and far less prone to attack/hack, because special hardware is needed to encode and break down signals of that sort (for the most part, only carriers have this stuff). wifi and bluetooth devices on the other hand are as common as just going to the corner store for a pack of smokes or something....

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well thanks for all the info on the firewall, i've decided to turn it off, since like spectral said, no "outside" traffic issues. since it turned it off TOMTOM one works fine as well as all my other apps on the phone.
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