BlackBerry Protect Enters Open Beta!

RIM's BlackBerry Protect is an all-in-one security tool for helping users recover their lost or stolen phone and prevent unwanted access to their personal data. The tool is now ready for a larger test audience, the company announced in a blog post.Here's a summary of what BlackBerry Protect offers:Assisting in locating your BlackBerry smartphone on […]

RIM's BlackBerry Protect is an all-in-one security tool for helping users recover their lost or stolen phone and prevent unwanted access to their personal data. The tool is now ready for a larger test audience, the company announced in a blog post.

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Here's a summary of what BlackBerry Protect offers:

  • Assisting in locating your BlackBerry smartphone on a map via GPS and cell-tower triangulation
  • Locking and setting a device password
  • Activating a special loud ring to help find your smartphone, even if it’s in silent mode
  • Displaying a custom message on the home screen so that anyone who finds it knows how to return it
  • Forcing an instant wireless backup of data even when you don’t have the smartphone with you
  • And as a last resort, securely wiping all information from your BlackBerry smartphone, including the data from your SD card.

Additionally, the new wireless backup and restore features include:

  • Automatically, periodically and wirelessly backing up your contacts, calendar appointments, memos, tasks, browser bookmarks, and text messages
  • Optionally restricting backup to when within Wi-Fi coverage or disable backup when roaming
  • Wirelessly restoring backed up data to a new BlackBerry smartphone

Here's some of the key feature improvements:

  • Easier discovery and highlighting of BlackBerry Protect-related system messages
  • Better clarity in status messages
  • Unique and improved Loud Ring ringtone
  • Clearer, simpler and more descriptive UI icons and graphics

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