Securing your blackberry.

BlackBerry Secured

  • Use a password

Especially if you have a tendency to lose or misplace your phone as much as I do.

Options > Security Options > General Settings and set Password to Enabled.

If you are using a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, then the data that flies back and forth between your handheld and the server is encrypted. The data stored on your handheld is a different story. Content Protection will encrypt your emails and other content stored in the machine. By choosing this option, you will be protected if someone were to connect the device to a USB port and attempt to read its memory. To enable Content Protection, go to Options > Security Options > General Settings. Set Content Protection to Enabled. You have the choice of applying Content Protection to your Address Book. If you do, you will lose the Caller ID function, so you will have to decide if the risk outweighs the inconvenience.

  • Password EncryptionBlackBerry Password Keeper

 There is an already built-in password encryption / storage on your BlackBerry’s desktop called “Password Keeper”. It is a safe way to store passwords on your BlackBerry. You can only access this password store using a password you have set before. This is more secure way to store passwords than using MemoPad or EMails in your mailbox. This is secure enough to store some passwords may be coded to a credit / atm card on the device. I would not write complete login data in there as it is always a good idea to be prepared if someone finally cracks the store.

  • Content Encryption

The BlackBerry has advanced features to protect your confidential data. They are just deactivated by default. You enable the BlackBerry’s internal content encryption and so assure that your data is not saved in raw text on a device. Saving raw data on the device’s memory makes it very easy for crackers to read it once they obtained possession of your BlackBerry. You can set this up at “Options » Security Options » General Settings”:

BlackBerry Content Encryption

  • SD-Card / Media Card Encryption

If you have installed a media card in your BlackBerry you might have also stored some data on it. In most cases your data is not that confidential as on the BlackBerry’s internal memory. Anyway, I don’t want other people to get access to the photos I took or the tracklogs I recorded (remember: those carry the locations where you went to). Alternatively, you can enable the encryption mode for your BlackBerry’s internal SD card to protect your data . This activation can be done at: “Options » Advanced Options » Media Card”. A screenshot of that settings screen can be found below.

BlackBerry Media Card Encryption 

  • Wipe the Device Before You Sell It

Options > Security Options > General Settings. While you are there, hit the Menu Key and select Wipe Handheld. The prompts will guide you through the rest of the process.


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