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Old 01-07-2009, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone recommend an encryption software or firewall type of thing I can install to my blackberry to ensure my phone privacy etc.(8350i)
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already prebuilt in

what exactly are you looking for?
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Please Explain what is contained...I was thinkin encryption between phones....so the illegal softwares that are available(Cell Spy Pro, Flexi-Spy etc.) don't work on the 8350i????Are there ways to be sure of this in cases of sensative infos etc

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are there steps I can take , to ensure my mic isn't turned on unknowingly without taking my battery out??
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None of this software can be installed without your knowledge. If you treat the BB seriously (don't let others muck aroud with it) you have nothing to worry about.
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LOL- this can be installed through text or e-mail like a virus...maybe I'm wrong...,Maybe I'm Paranoid of Big Brother
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...so is the blackberry capable of this type of software ....and if so do you know of one for the 8350i,(notice even your provider cannot listen)

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LOL- this can be installed through text or e-mail like a virus...maybe I'm wrong...,Maybe I'm Paranoid of Big Brother
IMHO, Blackberry OS would perhaps request user permission before anything is installed on the device. Of course nothing is impossible. But usually in such sparse platforms, virus attacks are less known as the impact will be limited as compared to virus's made for windows platform where the impact is widespread.

Just like you would not have heard on much virus for the Macintosh platform. The 1st virus for macs was discovered in 2006 where as for windows there has been viruses for ages and that too for various reasons. I would consider Blackberry platform to be very stable and secure one.
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The best protection for your BlackBerry is to keep it locked with a password and turn on content protection. Options > Security Options. Use a password that's not easily guessed but not so complex that you won't remember it. Set the security timeout for a very short time. If somoene gets your BlackBerry and enters the password incorrectly 10 times, the device will wipe itself of all data.

If you do that, you don't need any other protection. Although you might consider installing a remote wipe / threat recovery app like Roblock. There are threads about it here... use the forum search.

The other avenue of security to think about is Bluetooth. Keep your Bluetooth in non-discoverable mode, and disable Bluetooth when you are not using it.
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Also, nothing can be installed without user action and permissions. There are no known viruses for BlackBerry either, and there are no exploits for the BlackBerry browser, unlike your PC browsers. You are thousands of times more likely to be hacked, exploited, spied upon, have your passwords stolen, and infected with a virus or worm on your PC than on your BlackBerry.
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Also, nothing can be installed without user action and permissions. There are no known viruses for BlackBerry either, and there are no exploits for the BlackBerry browser, unlike your PC browsers. You are thousands of times more likely to be hacked, exploited, spied upon, have your passwords stolen, and infected with a virus or worm on your PC than on your BlackBerry.
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When enabling Passwords.......and using timeout,After my BB goes into timeout....is the password needed to answer a call?
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No, you can still take a call while the device is locked.

By default you cannot make a call while it's locked, but that functionality can be turned on under Options -> Security Options -> Password (I think they split this screen out on the 8350i).
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I've got a password on mine and I have it prompt for the password on an application install.

If you go into Options -> Security Options there is a Firewall you can turn on but it may interfere with third party applications.

As far as encryption Options -> Security Options -> General Content Protection will encrypt everything on the device. Just don't include the Address or when you receive a call it will only display a number not the contact name if they are in your address book.
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......I recieved a message today, opened it and scrolling down it said Blackberry update...with a browser link.....did not follow its instruction with the handheld....came home,....and theres no updates available through the desktop manager.....Any Ideas????
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Where/who was the email from? Or was it a sms message?

In messages, open the email, press menu key, scroll down to Show Addresses, then you can see the from address.
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Yea, more information like the sender/exact content from the email would be good.

Sometimes you'll get email from BlackBerry Connection or the owner's lounge stating there is an update available when there really isn't one.
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