Research in Motion has announced its new security and back-up application, BlackBerry Protect, is available as an Open Beta for UK users to download.
BlackBerry Protect is a free application for BIS customers that allows users to wirelessly backup, restore and remotely locate their BlackBerry smartphone, whilst keeping information on it secure, such as your contacts, text messages, calendar and bookmarks.
This is done automatically, and as often as you choose, whether that’s daily, weekly or monthly.
In the event that you’re BlackBerry smart phone is misplaced, lost or stolen, BlackBerry Protect provides features, including remote device wipe, remote device lock, a ‘lost and found’ screen on the device, remote geo-location using the GPS, remote activation of the BlackBerry smart phone loud ringer, and wireless device backup and restore.
So what happens when you inevitably lose your smartphone? The app sends a lock and display a message to your home screen for whoever has found, or stolen your device. You can then locate it on a map and go get it, or at least help the police locate your property. If you think your smartphone is nearby, it can even simply force it to ring at full volume.
With a brand new BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry Protect makes it easy to restore the device settings, contacts and calendar items you had backed up on your last one.
Furthermore, if you’ve lost your smartphone and wonder who has access to your information, simply login to the BlackBerry Protect website and remotely lock your device.
If you get the feeling you are not going to see your mobile again, you can delete all its information on not just the phone itself, but also on the microSD card, straight from the BlackBerry Protect website.
Aside from data protection, it can also offer peace of mind for small businesses and families, with the ability to protect multiple smart phones.
From the looks of things, if you are prone to losing things or value data protection, this could well be a useful piece of software, especially when you consider the increased identity theft coming from your trusty ‘dog and bone’.