How to secure the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Secure your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Protecting the contents of a BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet in case it gets lost or stolen is really easy – all you need to do is set a password on the tablet. Today I’ll show you how to do this, in addition to how to protect shared media on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet if you are using File sharing and/or Wi-Fi® Sharing.

Before we begin, the password we’ll be creating to lock and unlock the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is a separate password from the BlackBerry® ID password that you would have entered when you initially set up your device. With that being said, here’s how to set a password and how to configure the amount of time before the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet locks automatically if you aren’t using it.

Setting a Password and Lock After value

1. On the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, tap the Gear icon in the upper right corner to open Settings. (circled in yellow)

Secure your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

2. Tap Security from the list on the left followed by tapping on Password.
3. Next to the Enable Password option, swipe the slider to the On position.

Secure your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

4. This will prompt the Set Password screen. Enter the password in the New and Confirm Password fields, then tap OK.

Secure your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

5. Next to the Lock After option, tap the drop down list and select an appropriate timeout setting.

To lock the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet after setting a password, just tap on the battery icon that appears in the top right corner and select Stand By. To use the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet again, just swipe your finger across the screen (top to bottom, or side to side) and you’ll prompted to enter a password to unlock it.

An important thing to note here is when you are prompted to enter the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet password to unlock it, you have 10 attempts to enter the correct password. If the wrong password is entered 10 times, a security wipe will occur that will erase all the user-stored data.

As mentioned earlier, the next thing you should do after setting a password to secure the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is protect shared media by setting a File Sharing and Wi-Fi Sharing password.

  • File Sharing is when you access files stored on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using a USB connection with your computer.
  • Wi-Fi Sharing allows to access files stored on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet over a Wi-Fi network.

Securing File and Wi-Fi Sharing

To enable File Sharing & Wi-Fi sharing in addition to (and protecting) shared media, complete the following steps.

1. On the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, tap the Gear icon in the upper right corner to open Settings. (circled in yellow)

Secure your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

2. Tap Storage & Sharing in the list on the left.
3. If you haven’t already, toggle the slider for File Sharing to On.

Secure your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

4. If you set a password to lock the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using the previous set of instructions, you’ll be asked to enter that password confirm this change.

Secure your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

5. After enabling File Sharing, the following message to appear.

Secure your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

6. Scroll down to password and toggle the slider for Password Protect to on.

Secure your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

7. Enter a new password and confirm the new password.
8. Optionally toggle Wi-Fi Sharing to On as well if you would like to use Wi-Fi sharing.

After setting this option, you have successfully secured sharing capabilities of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. In case you haven’t used Wi-Fi Sharing yet, I strongly recommend checking out this post on how to copy files to and from a BlackBerry PlayBook using Wi-Fi sharing to learn more about this feature.

Got a question about the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet? Leave a comment and let me know!

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