List of blacklisted passwords revealed for BB10
Forces users to use more original passwords, also announces dev units with keyboards
Published: 6 December, 2012
As January 2013 and the launch of BlackBerry OS 10 approaches there's been a steady trickle of new information from RIM's direction. Recently that trickle has brought with it news of new security measures and the distribution of dev units of a new BlackBerry device with a physical keyboard.
Although not a major tweak it was revealed this week that 106 passwords are going to be blacklisted on the new OS, meaning users won't be able to set easily guessable passwords. These range from obvious words like "password" and "123456" to affectionate nicknames such as "pookie" and cultural references like "ncc1701".
Arguably there are plenty of others which could be added, such as most people's names, but the list will probably be expanded in the future.
Aside from the OS improvements RIM has recently announced the BlackBerry Dev Alpha C handset, the first developer unit to feature a physical QWERTY keyboard. The London handset has already been well leaked and the full touchscreen dev handset released but the latest device will allow developers to test their apps on a more traditional BlackBerry device.
Unlike the previous dev handsets though RIM released a much more limited number of them, meaning only a carefully chosen 1500 got the handsets.
In addition to this a BlackBerry 10 SDK update was also revealed offering support for the BlackBerry 10 developer environment on Mac OS X and an updated Visual Studio plug-in as well as improvements to BlackBerry webworks for HTML5 applications.
While things are looking more positive, in terms of the potential of the new OS and hardware, than they once did for RIM its future is still uncertain. As Microsoft has proved even a great OS isn't enough to claw back marketshare quickly, but there are still a large number of former BlackBerry users out there who might be tempted to return to the flock when January rolls around and the new OS and handsets get their official launch.