BlackBerry Protect

RIM recently announced an interesting application call BlackBerry Protect. BlackBerry Protect is a free service from RIM that allows BlackBerry smartphone customers to remotely backup, restore and locate their BlackBerry smartphone, from wherever they are via their destkop computer. Previously, there are several 3rd party applications on BlackBerry that does the same thing. I guess the developers are not going to be happy when they find out that BlackBerry is going to offer this service for free.

Well, the customers are going to be very happy. I don’t know about you guys, but I personally found quite a number of BlackBerry phones myself. Seems like BlackBerry phone users are more prone to losing their phone. So what are some of the features of the BlackBerry Protect?
Wipe Device: If you lost your phone, you can go to a desktop to activate this function. It will remote wipe all your data from your BlackBerry. Including MicroSD card. That’s great since most of the data are stored inside the MicroSD card.
Lock device: Lock your BlackBerry remotely so that nobody can access your phone. Good for those who don’t have the habit of locking their BlackBerry.
Display message: Set a message on your BlackBerry like your contact number so that the finder can contact you. Good for those who didn’t set their owner information. But personally, I feel that you should set your owner information.
Loud ringer: Here is a good feature. If you think your phone is nearby, just activate this feature and it will make your BlackBerry give out a loud ringer even if your phone is on silent mode. Or you can use this feature to scare the person who is stealing your phone.
Locate device: Not sure exactly how useful this feature is. It will pinpoint you the exact location of your BlackBerry phone. But we all know that GPS is not very accurate. And if the phone is at a crowded place, how are you going to find the person who took your phone?
Backup/Restore data from device: Schedule backup with BlackBerry server. And if you ever lose your BlackBerry phone or upgrade to another BlackBerry, simply do a data restore on your new phone.
And since this is BlackBerry, you can be assured that data security is one of their top priority. Data is never transmitted in clear over the air and encryption for storage of user data.
BlackBerry Protect is now available in limited beta. (Unfortunately, I don’t have the invite) It will be in open beta later this year. Can’t wait. I think this is a good application. In fact all mobile operating system should have this sort of program by default.

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