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21 March 2011, 11:46

BlackBerry Protect now available in Europe

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BlackBerry Protect

Private users can now protect their Blackberry smartphones in the same way that corporate users do using the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The Canadian BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is now providing to European customers the BlackBerry Protect application, previously only available to customers in the US. The free service includes client software for the BlackBerry and a web application.

After installing the BlackBerry Protect client the user needs to register for the service using the BlackBerry-ID that they use for BlackBerry App World. The software can then back up contacts, calendar, tasks, notes, bookmarks, and SMS messages. To save on data usage, the user can request that backups only occur if a Wi-Fi connection is available. The application also allows the data be restored to the original smartphone or to a new BlackBerry device.

A user who has lost a BlackBerry phone can also use the system to track that phone in order to try and retrieve it, with the phone's location being shown on a map in a web application. The phone can also be locked and loaded with a message for anybody who might find it, and be made to attract attention by ringing loudly for a whole minute, even if it is set to mute. If all this fails to retrieve the device, all its data can then be deleted remotely.

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