08-14-2006, 05:37 PM
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Yes, we enforce a password policy on the BlackBerry handhelds. Personally, I feel the password is extremely important when you consider how confidential your email can be. Our policy requires the password be minimum of 4 characters, no complexity requirements, does not expire, and 1 hour timeout. We felt a password was needed, but let it easy for the end user. How complex does the password need to be when you only have 10 attempts before the device is completely erased?
No, you can not protect only portions of the BlackBerry. For the most part its all or nothing. You can allow the phone to be used without unlocking the handheld, but the address book is not accessible.
I don't think you can sync the password to your ID management system. Maybe in the future. I suspect that this is part of the reason our password requirement were not stricter. I fully expect that once syncing with an ID management system is possible, we will move to it quickly.