Use This Checklist to Keep Your Private Data Safe
Emails, contacts, appointments, tunes, photos—if you are like most BlackBerry® smartphone owners you keep your life on your smartphone. And that information is vulnerable if you do not lock it up safe.
How real is the danger? Consider one man we know who lost his BlackBerry smartphone in the back of a cab in Las Vegas (on his bachelor party...go figure). No password and plenty of private information waiting for dark deeds. Fortunately his company's IT department remotely wiped the data before any harm was done.
Luckily every BlackBerry smartphone includes many easy-to-use security features that go a long way toward protecting your private information from prying eyes. To get that protection, follow this checklist.
|Secure your BlackBerry smartphone and its data|
Use a strong password
Setting a strong password is the single easiest and most effective way to lock down your private data. Without a password, much of your data is accessible to prying eyes. With a password, you are far more secure.
Set your password:
Set the number of password attempts
If a password is typed incorrectly 10 consecutive times, all of the information on the BlackBerry smartphone is automatically deleted. This is a security feature.
You can change the number of attempts to 3–10:
Encrypt data on your BlackBerry smartphone and media card
It is also smart to encrypt all data on your BlackBerry smartphone and your media card. Encryption mixes everything up so no one but you can read anything without the correct password.
Lock your phone automatically after a certain amount of time
You should set the Security Timeout feature to automatically lock your BlackBerry smartphone after a set amount of inactivity (maximum is one hour). For lost or stolen smartphones, this is a critical security block.
Follow these steps:
Bluetooth is a terrific way to connect to other devices for hands-free talking or even to play music wirelessly. But Bluetooth also adds a potential entry for malicious hackers. Luckily changing a simple setting can block most threats.
The key is to make your BlackBerry smartphone not discoverable, or visible, to other Bluetooth devices:
Note: Temporarily reset this setting back to Yes when you wish to allow a new Bluetooth device to connect with your BlackBerry smartphone.
How to wipe data from your phone
What should you do when you get a new BlackBerry smartphone to replace the old? First transfer all data to the new smartphone. Then wipe the data from your old BlackBerry smartphone.
More security features and options
Just by following the checklist above your personal data will be locked down like a safe. But your BlackBerry smartphone protects your data in other ways too. Here are some examples:
- The anti-spam system helps block spam emails sent to your smartphone.
- Secure browsing to shopping and banking sites using SSL encryption.
- Attachments are rendered into safe formats to help protect you from malicious code.
- Applications received in email cannot run on your BlackBerry smartphone.
- By default your BlackBerry smartphone continually removes sensitive data from temporary memory.
Additional security options: