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04/03/2013

New BlackBerry could tell friends you’re watching porn

 

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Photo via CrackBerry.com user sosof
Looking up naughty videos on X-rated websites? Your BlackBerry Z10 could likely be sharing this private information with your contacts.

 

Whatever you do on your personal time is personal, but it seems that a feature designed to help you be more social could actually be causing quite a lot of embarrassment.

The revealing discovery was posted by a user over at CrackBerry.com – a popular forum for BlackBerry users of all types. Even those who surf porn, it seems.

A screengrab on the site shows that someone’s status was updated with what they were watching or listening to using their BlackBerry.

The status updates read “[Blacked out] is listening to tube8.com” and “[Blacked out] is listening to pornhub.com.”

This problem stems from the fact that the latest BlackBerry offers to share your music listening habits to your BBM contacts by updating your stats based on the song.

The thing is, however, that when you’re watching a video on the Z10 – it uses the Media Player (which is the app used to play songs).

If it’s too late – or if you want to save yourself from future embarrassment – just disable the social feature to prevent your music – or porn – habits from going social.

Have your friends ever found out anything embarrassing about your online habits – perhaps even that you listen to embarrassing music?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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