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bellagirl 09-03-2008 07:19 PM

Is the Blackberry Hackproof?
I know that a lot of applications are hacked and loaded onto the BB, but I am wondering what the security level is as far as a remote user getting into or accessing anything on my SIM card or device?

I ask this because my ex husband has a history of hacking me, and has hacked my computer from a remote location. How he did this I still don't know, I only know THAT he did it. Now I have my own phone, and my security concerns as far as personal and business emails were one of the primary reasons I went with a blackberry.

My passwords are NOT stored on my computer, in any place other than Norton Identity, and even then, in limited forms. They ARE however stored on my blackberry in the password keeper program, which is password protected, and also obviously stored under Email settings. Because I lived in a state of paranoia with this man for years, I am still nervous. Can he (or lets just say anyone) hack my blackberry and retrieve passwords or other information from a remote device? My handheld is always on my person so there is no way he would ever get access to it as far as holding it in his hands, so that is why I wonder if remote hacking is possible?

I asked Rogers and the answer they gave me was not exactly comforting. They didn't say it WAS possible, only that they have never heard of this happening. But they didn't say it was impossible. Make sense? Thanks in advance!

TroyDBrown 09-03-2008 07:22 PM

First nothing is impossible. If you allowed someone to instal a piece of software on your device that could compromise your information. Short of that you are 100% safe. Also make sure your BlackBerry is locked.

John Clark 09-03-2008 07:23 PM

As long as he can't get your password, he will not be able to get your data. If you set a password on your device it will wipe the device if the password is entered 10 times incorrectly. Same with Password Keeper (will wipe the password keeper app after 10 wrong attempts.) So, unless he can guess your password, your data is secure. There is no way to hack that. It's never been done.

NJBlackBerry 09-03-2008 07:23 PM

Just wondering what applications have been hacked and put onto a BlackBerry?

The BlackBerry OS has not been hacked. There is an application that can be loaded to track messages, but that came be pushed down without your knowledge. Don't let your husband anywhere near your BB, and don't load application that you don't know or understand, and you will be fine.

The BlackBerry is a very secure device.

bellagirl 09-03-2008 07:26 PM

Ok, now I have a dumb question. How do I put a password on the device itself? I thought putting one on Password Keeper was enough....tx tho, already feeling more relieved!

TroyDBrown 09-03-2008 07:31 PM

Honestly I would say you are totally safe.

To set a device password:

Options > Security Options > General Settings > Turn Password to Enable

bellagirl 09-03-2008 07:37 PM

Thanks so much!! For the tip AND the reassurance!

John Clark 09-03-2008 07:40 PM

Don't use a password he might be able to guess and you'll be fine. Good luck.

daphne 09-03-2008 07:44 PM

Ditto what John Clark said, and be sure to keep your BlackBerry in your possession at all times, in your site or on your body. Make sure you use a complex password, combination of lower case, upper case, numbers and/or other characters, like %.

John Clark 09-03-2008 07:46 PM

The more complex, though, the more likely you'll forget it yourself. So, find a happy medium. Also, make a backup. Keep it on an SD card that's in your BB. That way it's not available on the computer without your BB.

Ben850 09-03-2008 07:46 PM

Wirelessly posted (T-Mobile 8120)

Doesn't the government use blackberry?

TroyDBrown 09-03-2008 07:47 PM


Originally Posted by Ben850 (Post 1086426)
Wirelessly posted (T-Mobile 8120)

Doesn't the government use blackberry?

Yes they do and the reason is for the security.

Kamau 09-03-2008 07:49 PM

Your ex, no. I would say that you are reasonably safe from him hacking your BB. But as been said, take precautions. Don't chose a password he can guess, and don't install anything you are not assured of yourself.
On the other hand, the government is a different story.

The Blotter: Can You Hear Me Now?

rambo47 09-03-2008 08:03 PM

The basic level of encryption with the Blackberry OS is 2048 bit. That's some serious sh!t. Even the NSA needed a back door installed at RIM (remember those BB outages last year?) in order to get BB users' information in a timely fashion. So if the NSA needed help, I'd call the Blackberry pretty much "hack proof". :)

Johnny909 09-03-2008 08:50 PM

Okay, but is BB idiot proof?

Just joking around .... of course it is.

John Clark 09-03-2008 08:51 PM

No, they give them to anybody.

juwaack68 09-03-2008 08:55 PM

Hence this forum ;-)

Ben850 09-03-2008 09:49 PM

Wirelessly posted (T-Mobile 8120)


JSanders 09-03-2008 11:21 PM

And hence the number of people here at least 2-3 a day asking how they can get in their BlackBerry (or someone else's BlackBerry) even though they entered the wrong (or don't know the) password. It ain't happening.

Ben850 09-03-2008 11:35 PM

Wirelessly posted (T-Mobile 8120)

I think the master password is the numeric version of "fairy" ;)

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