Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10 Security Tips

Five Tip Friday

On deck this week…. Five tips I like to share whenever I’m asked about security on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone!

1. Device Password

Considering the amount of personal information stored on our smartphones, enabling password protection is something I cannot help but recommend. I’ve lost my phone once and thankfully someone sent it back to me. But the experience made me realize one thing – a device password provides peace of mind when you can’t find your smartphone.

Follow these steps to set up a password on your BlackBerry device:

  1. While viewing the Home screen, swipe down from the top bezel
  2. Tap Settings followed by Security and Privacy and finally Device Password
  3. Set Device Password to On and enter your desired password

2. Message displayed on locked screen

In addition to setting a password, I encourage you to set a custom message that will appear on your screen whenever your phone is locked.

For example, I set a custom message that has my name and contact details so whoever finds my phone can contact me; ‘If found, please call (XXX-XXX-XXXX) for a reward’.

Follow these instructions to create a custom message:

  1. While viewing the Home screen, swipe down from the top bezel
  2. Tap Settings followed by Display
  3. Customize the Message displayed on locked screen fields
  4. Tap Back to save your changes

3. BlackBerry Protect


[YouTube link for mobile viewing]

All it takes is a flick of a switch on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone and you’ll be able to remotely lock, wipe, beep and/or locate your misplaced smartphone thanks to BlackBerry Protect. Check out the short video embedded above to find out why I love this feature and strongly recommend enabling it on your smartphone.

Here is how you can activate BlackBerry Protect on your smartphone:

  1. While viewing the Home screen, swipe down from the top bezel
  2. Tap Settings followed by BlackBerry Protect
  3. Set BlackBerry Protect to On
  4. Tap Back to save your changes

4. Updating Passwords

Ask yourself this very important question, when was the last time you updated the passwords that you use to access your smartphone, email accounts, social networking accounts, apps, services and more? If you can’t recall the last time you did this, stop what you are doing, look at your calendar and set some time aside to do this in the near future!

5. Media Card Encryption

Depending on what type of information you have stored on your media card, you may want to consider enabling media card encryption. This provides additional security but you need to be mindful of the fact that media card encryption is linked to your smartphone – in other words, if you remove the media card and place it into another smartphone, you will not be able to view the contents unless it was decrypted first.

Note: An encrypted media card will become inaccessible if the device is wiped. Please turn off media card encryption before performing a security wipe on your device. 

  1. While viewing the Home screen, swipe down from the top bezel
  2. Tap Settings followed by Security and Privacy and finally Encryption
  3. Set Media Card Encryption to On

Do you have a security related tip? Leave a comment and let us know!

To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit http://www.blackberry.com/support for access to product manuals, how-to demos, tips and tricks, YouTube videos, support forums, knowledge base articles, Twitter support, and contact information for your region.

About Ty Williams

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