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BlackBerry Hacks by Dave Mabe

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Hack #73. Lock Down Your BlackBerry

With all the sensitive information kept on handhelds, no wonder security organizations cringe as more users obtain BlackBerry devices and PDAs. Some simple steps can help put everyone's minds at ease.

If lost or stolen, handhelds contain proprietary information that could be compromised. There are some features available that individual users can take advantage of. Additionally, there are options available to BlackBerry administrators to help ensure that corporate information is protected.

Set Owner Information

If you lost your wallet, you'd want it to have your contact information in case the finder wants to return it to you. Likewise, you would want your contact information contained in your handheld for the same reason. Owner information is one of the first things that should be set up on your handheld.

Owner information will be displayed when the BlackBerry is locked and password protected. At a minimum, name and contact phone number or address should be included. To set owner information on your device, open up your handheld options (on 7100 series devices, it's under the Settings option). Click Owner and type your contact information. Click the trackwheel and select Save. The owner information will appear when your handheld is locked, as shown in Figure 7-2. This can also be automated using BESAdminClient [Hack #83] .

Owner information displaying when the handheld is locked

Figure 7-2. Owner information ...

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