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    Question MDS/ MIME / DOD, what is all that?

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    Hey folks, here are two snapshots of something I see every time I upgrade to a new OS version. So I see them a LOT! LOL...





    Can someone please shed some light as to whether or not I need any or all of these, and what they do?? Maybe I can deselect some of them and my BB will run faster?? I'm a "lifer" now every since I got my first ever BlackBerry, so I'd love to know about these four items, as pictured:

    BlackBerry Attachment service.

    BB S/MIME Support Package

    BB MDS Runtime and Default Launcher

    BB DOD Root Certificates


    Thanks a bunch! And Happy New Year to all of you! (By the way, LOVE the new look!!)
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    I'll do my best here, but if anyone else knows more details, feel free to correct me!

    The BlackBerry Attachment Service is what is used to download attachments to your e-mail. This is quite important as it allows for images, word documents, excel documents and the like to be viewed. I'd leave this one alone!

    The BB S/MIME Support package the ability for the BB to use Secure / Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME). This allows for public-key encrypting and signing of email. Unfortunately, I don't believe this works over BIS -- only BES. Therefore, if you're not on a BES you can probably get rid of it. I'd like them to support it for the BIS as well, but that's another issue. For more information on S/MIME stuff, see the BlackBerry Page or Wikipedia.

    The BB MDS Runtime Services can be found on the BlackBerry page here. Again, according to this description, it allows for mobile applications on an enterprise server. Doesn't look like it serves any purpose for BIS users.

    Finally, the BB DOD Root Certificates. If you don't work for the US Department of Defense (DOD), you probably have no use for these. These are for high security environments where users are given Certificates encrypted on a CAC (Common Access Card). This module allows the BB to use a card reader to authenticate the user and allow them access to their device. I'd guess there are only a handful of people who actually use this feature.

    Hope this helps a little!
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    Yep mjwood0 you are correct.
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    Thanks for the definitions. I can now safely get rid of those.

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    I was wondering the same thing, thx
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    Actually Working for the DOD has nothing to do with it, They are a list of sites umm how would you say it, authenticated by the DOD, so you could actually work for the government or any military or be in school for the naval acadamy and would need them to access your online junk

    If you dont have them you would get a bunch of pop ups stating something about unsecured somehting or other. Several companies where Hippa information security is a concern will use them, our site that we log onto and put our time in, uses one.

    But in most cases, BES Admins will give BES users what they need, and they wont even know its there. And it may not be the DOD root certs, as that is like a complete list, but only the ones they need, and so on.

    BIS Users should not need it unless you are allowed to connect to your work, (And only if they use that type of high security)

    Another example of someone whom may need it, is any student at a university doing research on government things can request user access based on some of the low lever root certs in the DOD list, to access a certain level of information, but you have to actually apply online for them and I think they actually like do a short term background check before they give you access.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjwood0 View Post
    Finally, the BB DOD Root Certificates. If you don't work for the US Department of Defense (DOD), you probably have no use for these. These are for high security environments where users are given Certificates encrypted on a CAC (Common Access Card). This module allows the BB to use a card reader to authenticate the user and allow them access to their device. I'd guess there are only a handful of people who actually use this feature.
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    I deleted my S/MIME and now I can't connect to my opera mini browser. Anyone know what would cause this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjwood0 View Post
    I'll do my best here, but if anyone else knows more details, feel free to correct me!

    The BlackBerry Attachment Service is what is used to download attachments to your e-mail. This is quite important as it allows for images, word documents, excel documents and the like to be viewed. I'd leave this one alone!

    The BB S/MIME Support package the ability for the BB to use Secure / Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME). This allows for public-key encrypting and signing of email. Unfortunately, I don't believe this works over BIS -- only BES. Therefore, if you're not on a BES you can probably get rid of it. I'd like them to support it for the BIS as well, but that's another issue. For more information on S/MIME stuff, see the BlackBerry Page or Wikipedia.

    The BB MDS Runtime Services can be found on the BlackBerry page here. Again, according to this description, it allows for mobile applications on an enterprise server. Doesn't look like it serves any purpose for BIS users.

    Finally, the BB DOD Root Certificates. If you don't work for the US Department of Defense (DOD), you probably have no use for these. These are for high security environments where users are given Certificates encrypted on a CAC (Common Access Card). This module allows the BB to use a card reader to authenticate the user and allow them access to their device. I'd guess there are only a handful of people who actually use this feature.

    Hope this helps a little!
    Thanks, mjwood0! This actually helps a lot, since you apparently helped quite a few users besides myself.

    So thank you, I added to your trust level! Thanks for taking the time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrunchDude View Post
    Thanks, mjwood0! This actually helps a lot, since you apparently helped quite a few users besides myself.

    So thank you, I added to your trust level! Thanks for taking the time!
    We're all here to learn! I've gained so much from the Stacks that I figure it's only fair to help out others when I have the chance!
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