How to password protect and secure BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0

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With the release of BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0 for the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet (pssst – have you downloaded the most recent update yet?), here’s a quick refresher on how to secure physical access as well as file sharing on your tablet. This is important information because using a password is a simple way to prevent someone from accessing your personal information, which is why this is one of the first things I recommend doing when you set up a new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet or BlackBerry® smartphone.

I’ll also be showing you how to secure file sharing on your tablet whenever you want to send files to and from our tablet using USB or Wi-Fi® Sharing. Learn more about securing your tablet after the jump!

How to secure physical access to your tablet

To set a password that allows you to lock and unlock your tablet, complete the following steps while viewing your tablet’s Home screen.

1. While viewing your Home screen, swipe down from the top bezel to access your tablet settings.

  • Tip: You can also use the Gear icon that appears in the top right corner of the Home screen to access your tablet settings.

2. Tap “Security” followed by “Password”.
3. Toggle “Enable Password” to “On” and when prompted, enter your desired password twice followed by selecting “Ok”.

  • Note: This password cannot be reset so ensure you remember what password you have entered.

4. Specify a desired “Lock After” value to determine how long your device waits before entering standby mode.

  • Tip: To exit standby mode, just swipe across the screen from bezel to bezel.

After enabling a password on your tablet, here a few things you should know:

  • To change your password in the future, use the “Change Password” option that’s available in the Password settings screen.
  • To lock your tablet, press the Battery icon on the Home screen status bar followed by selecting Lock.

  • To unlock your tablet, swipe from bezel to bezel; for example, left to right, top to bottom, etc.

Help! I forgot the password used to unlock my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet!

When you set a password on your tablet, you’ll have 10 attempts to enter the correct password. If the wrong password is entered 10 times, your tablet will perform a security wipe which will wipe and erase your stored data. As mentioned earlier, this password cannot be reset so make sure you remember what password you will be using.

To help prevent data loss, we always recommend performing backups of your tablet’s data using BlackBerry® Desktop Software. For more information on how to back up the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s data, check out KB26134.

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(Not a fan of text? Check out the above video instead to learn how to secure your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet)

How to secure shared files and folder access

In addition to setting a password to secure physical access to your tablet, I also recommend using a password to secure access to shared files and folders on your tablet. Something to keep in mind is that changing any of the settings below will cancel any file transfers that are currently in progress.

1. While viewing your Home screen, swipe down from the top bezel to access your tablet settings.

  • Tip: You can also use the Gear icon that appears in the top right corner of the Home screen to access your tablet settings.

2. Tap “Storage & Sharing” and enable one or both of the following options:

  • File Sharing – Allow access and sharing your tablet’s files and media over a USB connect to your computer
  • Wi-Fi Sharing – Allow file sharing over Wi-Fi networks

3. Toggle “Password Protect” to “On” and when prompted, enter your desired password twice followed by selecting “Ok”.

  • Tip: Need to change your password in the future? Just tap on the “Change Password” button to enter your new password.

4. Tap “Network Identification” and review the Tablet Network Name, Workgroup and Username

After doing this, whenever you connect your tablet to a computer using a USB cable, you’ll need to enter a password on your computer in order to access the tablet’s file system. In the event you are using Wi-Fi sharing, you’ll need to enter the user name obtained in the step 4 listed above and the password you set in order to view files and folders on your tablet using a Wi-Fi connection. For more information on using Wi-Fi Sharing, check out my post on how to copy files to and from a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using Wi-Fi sharing.


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