Increase Blackberry Security by Enabling Password Protection
  • Increase Blackberry Security by Enabling Password Protection

    Blackberries are small which makes them easy to lose. Having your blackberry lost or stolen is worrisome enough without being concerned about your emails, notes, schedule, and contacts in the hands of others. Password protection is the best thing you can do to keep your information from being used maliciously.

    If you currently do not have password protection enabled on your blackberry it’s very easy to do.

    Instructions for a blackberry Tour or blackberry Curve 2

    1. Go to the options on your blackberry. This icon usually looks like a wrench.

    2. Scroll down and select Password.

    3. Click the menu button on your blackberry and select Set Password.

    4. You will be prompted to choose a password. We suggest making passwords that are at least four characters long. You can use numbers, letters, and symbols in your password.

    NOTE: When creating a password, you automatically use the letters on the blackberry keyboard. If you want the password to be numbers, you must hold down the “alt” key when you type the numbers you want. If you hold down the capital key, the letters will be capitalized, and passwords are case sensitive! It may seem like it doesn’t make a difference, but it will make a huge difference when you sync your blackberry with your computer!

    5. Enter the password you just created a second time.

    6. Hit the menu button and click save when you’re finished.

    Instructions for an 8830 World Edition blackberry or a blackberry Curve

    1. Go to the options on your blackberry. This icon usually looks like three controls in green, red, and blue, as shown below. Sometimes it looks like a wrench.

     

    2. Scroll down and select Security Options.

    3. Select General Settings.

    4. At the top you should see the word Password followed by the word Disabled. Click where it says Disabled and change the option to Enabled. Click the menu button and select save.

    5. You will be prompted to choose a password. We suggest making passwords that are at least four characters long. You can use numbers, letters, and symbols in your password.

    NOTE: When creating a password, you automatically use the letters on the blackberry keyboard. If you want the password to be numbers, you must hold down the “alt” key when you type the numbers you want. If you hold down the capital key, the letters will be capitalized, and passwords are case sensitive! It may seem like it doesn’t make a difference, but it will make a huge difference when you sync your blackberry with your computer!

    6. Enter the password you just created a second time.

    7. Hit the menu button and click save when you’re finished.

    More Password Options

    You can change your password options in the password tab on the blackberry Tour and blackberry Curve 2 and in the general settings tab on the 8830 World Edition blackberry and the blackberry Curve:

    Number of Password Attempts: This selects how many incorrect attempts you are allowed before the blackberry wipes itself. We suggest allowing for 10 attempts. It’s easy to make typos on the blackberry’s small keyboard.

    Security Timeout: This is how long you can go without using your blackberry before it prompts for your password again. Keep it at 10 minutes at most.

    Prompt on Application Install: Selecting “yes” will tell your blackberry to ask for your password anytime you try to install a new app.

    Lock Handheld Upon Holstering: This will turn on password protection as soon as you put your blackberry in its holster regardless of how long it has been since you used it.

    Allow Outgoing Calls While Locked: If you have phone service enabled on your blackberry this setting determines if you can make calls when the blackberry is locked. Keep this set to No. You do not want someone else using up all your minutes or calling your contacts!

    Be sure and hit the menu button and click save when you’re finished.

    Having a password on your blackberry may seem annoying at first, but having someone with malicious intentions accessing your information is much worse. You will get used to putting your password in soon enough. Your fingers wont even have to think about it!