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Blackberry Encryption

What is Encryption?

Encryption is the translation of data into a secret code. Encrypted files require you to have access to a secret key or password that enables you to decrypt it. Encryption of personal data protects it from the notification process in the event of an exposure to unauthorized persons.

Why do I need it?

Encryption is just one tool available to you. In addition to using best practices, encryption helps keep the information on your Blackberry protected in the event of loss, theft, or other unauthorized access.

How to Self Enable Blackberry Encryption?

Set a Device Password and Timeout Option

  1. Select Options and then Security
  2. Next to "Password", highlight the word Disable and click the trackwheel
  3. Select Change Option and then Enable
  4. Enter your desired password, and press the Enter key.
    Note: The password must be at least 6 characters in length. Do not enter a password composed of identical characters, since it will be rejected
  5. Enter your password again to verify it
  6. Next to "Security Timeout", highlight the displayed time and click the trackwheel.
  7. Select Change Option, and choose 5 minutes for the handheld to time out and lock
  8. To exit the "Security" screen, press the Escape key. You will be prompted to save. Select Yes.

Enable Content Protection By enabling this, you can be protected if someone were to connect the device to a USB port and attempt to read its memory. To enable Content Protection:

  • Go to Options > Security Options > General Settings. Set Content Protection to Enabled
    • you have the choice of applying Content Protection to your Address Book, if you do, you will lose the Caller ID function
  • You can also encrypt the files stored on your media card. To encrypt files on a media card inserted in the BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps.
    •  Note: In order to encrypt files using the BlackBerry smartphone password, verify that the password is set before you begin the steps below
      • On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, click Options
      • Click Media Card or click Advanced Options > Media Card (depending on the BlackBerry Device Software version that is installed on the BlackBerry smartphone)
      • Use one of the following methods to encrypt files:
        • To encrypt files using an encryption key for a media card generated by the BlackBerry smartphone, set the Encryption Mode field to Device
        • To encrypt files using the BlackBerry smartphone password, set the Encryption Mode field to Security Password
        • To encrypt files using an encryption key for a media card and the BlackBerry smartphone password, set the Encryption Mode field to Security Password & Device
        • Note: To turn off encryption for a media card, set the Encryption Mode field to None
        • To encrypt media files such as videos, ring tones, pictures, and songs on the media card, set Encrypt Media Files to Yes
        • Press the Menu key
        • Click Save