Most of us keep important information on our BlackBerry smartphones. The last thing you would want is your private and confidential data getting into the wrong hands when your device is lost or stolen. Follow some of the tips below to ensure you are protected:
1. Bluetooth Connectivity
Leaving your Bluetooth enabled raises the risk of virus transmission and unauthorized access by others. Ensure you have it disabled when not in use. Another layer of protection you could enable is by going through Options and within the Bluetooth section selecting “No” under the “Discoverable” field.
2. Saving Accounts and Passwords
Using Blackberry’s built-in Password Keeper Utility to save your user accounts and passwords protects is highly recommended. Storing your login information on the Internet Browser makes it a lot easier for external sources to access your data from other locations.
3. Data Encryption
The Blackberry device contains a “Content Protection” feature which you could enable by going through the Options and Security Settings. This invaluable configuration gives you the option of protecting your address book and restricting access.
4. Configure Password Protection
In addition to choosing a strong password, you also have the option of setting other features such as the timeout duration, permission for application installation, number of password attempts and logging restrictions.
To enable your device password feature go to > Options > Password
5. Don’t Accept File Transfers from Unknown Contacts
Whether you are downloading files from sites or receiving from another device, make sure it is from a trusted source. Corrupted files, viruses and trojans transmitted through photos, voice notes, Blackberry Contacts and other applications can all affect your Blackberry device severely. You could also install a reliable Anti-Virus software application to ensure all transmitted files are scanned and clean.
6. Memory Cleaning
This is one of the most overlooked tools on the Blackberry as it can increase data protection and device performance substantially. Once enabled, it allows you to clear the memory of your device by deleting confidential data such as encrypted documents, emails, SMS messages, internet browser cache, unused applications, pictures, media files and call logs.
To enable this feature go to > Options > Security Options > Memory Cleaning
7. Safeguarding your BBM with Privacy Features
To begin with, you could enable a security question on BBM invites which would help filter through some of the unrecognized users.
To activate, go to > BBM > click Blackberry Menu Key > scroll down to Options > check “Display security question on invitation”. Within the same screen, you can also uncheck “Auto-accept voice notes”, which will prevent offensive or harmful audio files.
For privacy reasons, you may also wish to keep your location and time zone information hidden.
For this, go to > BBM > go to the top bar and click “Profile” > here you can uncheck the areas which state “Show my Location / Time Zone Information”