1. earthshaker78's Avatar
    Hi,

    Do most of you guys use a password? If so, what r ur settings?

    1. How many attempts?
    2. Time out time?
    3. Content protecting...on/off?
    4.Strong, Stronger, Strongest? (what is this?)
    5. include address book? (what happens if u dont?)

    Thanks
    12-14-08 07:06 PM
  2. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    Hi,

    Do most of you guys use a password? If so, what r ur settings?
    Thanks
    1. How many attempts? Four
    2. Time out time? 15 minutes
    3. Content protecting...on/off? ON
    4.Strong, Stronger, Strongest? (what is this?) No idea, never changed it
    12-14-08 07:48 PM
  3. jeffh's Avatar
    Your friends' and family's personal, private information is in your call logs and address book. You can always get a new phone. Do you want some identity thief (or worse) having a family member's picture, home address, and phone number?

    You can also encrypt your microSD card separately. Depending on what you use it for, that might also be a good idea. It is not wiped when the bb wipes after 10 incorrect attempts. Obviously it can also be removed from the device and used separately, unless encrypted.

    How to Set A Password:

    Options / Security Options / General Settings /
    Password: Enabled
    Number of Password Attempts: 10
    Security Timeout: your choice
    Prompt on Application Install: No
    Lock Handheld Upon Holstering: your choice
    Allow Outgoing Calls While Locked: No
    Content Compression: Enabled
    Content Protection: Enabled
    Strength: Strong
    Include Address Book: No

    With these settings, your caller ID will still work, but if you lose your BlackBerry, no one can make calls on it and your friends' and family's personal information in your address book is protected.

    Press the Escape key. You'll be prompted to enter a password and verify it. BE SURE YOU REMEMBER IT. There is no way to bypass the password on a BlackBerry. If you forget it, you will have no choice but to wipe the BlackBerry back to its factory-out-of-the-box configuration, which deletes all user data and resets the password. You can then use the phone.

    It's also a good idea to put a number to call in case the BlackBerry is found in your owner info field. That way, if somebody finds your locked BlackBerry, they can call you to return it. I lost mine in the Washington DC Metro. Because it was locked with a number to call if found, I had it back in four hours.

    If you exceed your password attempts limit (defaults to 10, but you can set it as low as 3), you will be prompted one last time to type the word BlackBerry. The device will then wipe. It will be reset to the factory out-of-the-box condition, and the password reset. You will lose everything in the device memory, with no possibility of recovery. It will not reformat the microSD card, since that's not part of the factory configuration. The phone will still be usable, and the operating system will be unchanged. So this technique cannot be used to roll back from an OS upgrade problem.

    The preceding instructions are for locking your device. To password protect individual files, you need a third party application. The program linked in this thread purports to do that, but I have not used it and cannot vouch for it: FileLock
    12-14-08 08:28 PM
  4. earthshaker78's Avatar
    Wow... Thanks 4 that in detail information!!!

    2 question, what do u mean my caller Id will show? And how do I protect the card?

    Thanks

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    12-14-08 10:30 PM
  5. jeffh's Avatar
    Wow... Thanks 4 that in detail information!!!

    2 question, what do u mean my caller Id will show? And how do I protect the card?

    Thanks

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    If you include the Address Book in Content Protection, you won't be able to sync your Address Book to your PC and if someone calls you who is listed in your Address Book, your screen will say "Unknown Number" instead of displaying their name and number.

    You encrypt the Media card using the settings in Options / Media Card. The options are a little confusing, at least, they were to me. I suggest you study the section in your User's Guide before doing it. I wasn't successful in getting Media Card encryption to work.
    12-14-08 10:36 PM
  6. earthshaker78's Avatar
    Got it!! Thanks!

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    12-14-08 10:41 PM
  7. Berry New's Avatar
    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for the info. I am green new to BBs and I've been looking for this info since I thought I would lose the use of the phone if I lock myself out.

    I'm doing the password protect now.

    Question: Is there a way to render the BB useless to the not-so-honest finder that the only option is to call my number and return the BB to me?

    Thank you very much.

    Rene
    12-15-08 05:43 PM
  8. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    Question: Is there a way to render the BB useless to the not-so-honest finder that the only option is to call my number and return the BB to me?
    Not natively from the phone but there is GetItBack which on a GPS enabled
    phone can, amongst other things, show you where it is.
    12-15-08 05:50 PM
  9. Berry New's Avatar
    Thanks AG. I'll look into that.

    Big Smile

    Rene
    12-15-08 05:55 PM
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