1. merc1286's Avatar
    Hi,

    My company IT policy forces my Blackberry to password lock after 30 minutes of no activity. I'm wondering if there is any software that will "simulate" user activity at some pre-defined interval (ie, every 29 minutes) so that the phone never locks on me.

    Does that exist?

    Thanks
    06-03-10 02:34 PM
  2. jeffh's Avatar
    No, no such app exists. You could create a mechanical device that pressed a key every 29 minutes.
    06-03-10 02:59 PM
  3. Pi Guy 3.14's Avatar
    May I ask why that policy is in effect? Like whats the reasoning behind it?
    06-03-10 03:04 PM
  4. johnling's Avatar
    Your company wants their phone secure for a reason. Not wise to go around IT Policy or they will take the phone back for good and say bye bye.
    06-03-10 03:09 PM
  5. w_bovine's Avatar
    Your company wants their phone secure for a reason. Not wise to go around IT Policy or they will take the phone back for good and say bye bye.
    Gotta agree with johnling on this one; I expect it would be unwise indeed for one to do such a thing. If it's their phone you simply don't get a vote. And if I were a company's BB god and found out about it, I'd move for that person's termination as much as it was in my power.
    06-03-10 03:30 PM
  6. Pi Guy 3.14's Avatar
    You would fire a good employee on the basis of an installed app?
    06-03-10 03:36 PM
  7. merc1286's Avatar
    My company will host an employee's email on BES enabled servers provided the department pays a nominal maintenance fee. So the phone is mine and I don't get reimbursed for the plan. In fact, I pay extra to Verizon for the BES access.

    Regardless, I don't want this to turn into a debate over who gets to dictate what I can install on my phone. Just curious if the app existed or not. Sounds like it doesn't.
    06-03-10 03:47 PM
  8. jeffh's Avatar
    The app doesn't exist. Be sure you know what you are getting into. If you are on your employer's BES, you no longer control your phone and you have little or no privacy rights to what is on the phone. It is almost never a good deal for the employee to donate his phone to the BES.

    For example...
    Can a BES administrator read my PIN and/or SMS messages and see my phone call logs?
    Yes, if the BES is version 4.1 or newer and the device is o/s code 4.1 or later.
    • Starting with BES 4.1, the BES admin can log all PIN and SMS messages to the BES server, including the content of those messages.
    • BlackBerry Messenger messages and conversations can also be audited by the BES administrator.
    • In addition, the administrator can view all phone calls made/received to the device including date/time, number dialed, and the name of the person you are calling or who called you if that name is listed in your contact list.

    Source: BES Users FAQ - BlackBerryFAQ

    See also this link, courtesy of member Motorcycle Momma: What does BES see? What can be tracked?
    06-03-10 03:52 PM
  9. w_bovine's Avatar
    You would fire a good employee on the basis of an installed app?
    My idea of a good employee would not work to defeat company security policies!
    06-03-10 03:57 PM
  10. w_bovine's Avatar
    The app doesn't exist. Be sure you know what you are getting into. If you are on your employer's BES, you no longer control your phone and you have little or no privacy rights to what is on the phone. It is almost never a good deal for the employee to donate his phone to the BES.

    For example...
    Can a BES administrator read my PIN and/or SMS messages and see my phone call logs?
    Yes, if the BES is version 4.1 or newer and the device is o/s code 4.1 or later.
    • Starting with BES 4.1, the BES admin can log all PIN and SMS messages to the BES server, including the content of those messages.
    • BlackBerry Messenger messages and conversations can also be audited by the BES administrator.
    • In addition, the administrator can view all phone calls made/received to the device including date/time, number dialed, and the name of the person you are calling or who called you if that name is listed in your contact list.

    Source: BES Users FAQ - BlackBerryFAQ

    See also this link, courtesy of member Motorcycle Momma: What does BES see? What can be tracked?
    Ah...very good information to have, not that any of it surprises me. Thanks for that.
    06-03-10 04:01 PM
  11. jeffh's Avatar
    May I ask why that policy is in effect? Like whats the reasoning behind it?
    An IT Policy is the way a company enforces its IT Security rules on BlackBerry's that have inside-the-firewall access. These devices have BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) accounts instead of the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) accounts that consumer users typically have.

    BES users get over the air synching of their Calendar, Email, Address Book, Tasks, and Memos. In return, they accept that the company can monitor all their email, log their phone calls, and in general control every aspect of their phone: whether they can install apps, use the Media Card or Bluetooth, or access the internet, for example.

    IT Policies can be very strict to benign. Mine, for example, only requires me to use a password and Content Protection and sets the max timeout to 15 minutes.

    If you have an employer-provided phone, and attempt to remove the IT Policy, your attempt will be detected the next time you attempt to log on to the company servers, the IT policy will be pushed back on your phone, and you could face severe disciplinary consequences for violating security.
    06-03-10 04:04 PM
  12. MobileMadness002's Avatar
    You would fire a good employee on the basis of an installed app?
    For circumventing a company imposed restriction, your right I would can him myself.
    06-03-10 04:35 PM
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