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Old 07-08-2010, 08:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was asked a few different questions from my Director.

1. We already have our devices password protected. If we also turn encryption on, does it ask for a separate password? So if someone happens to find out your password, is there any extra security?

2. Can encryption be forced through the BES. Mainly 5.0. Or do we have to set it on each individual device?

3. Does encryption cover an expandable memory card? What happens if it's taken out and out in a reader?

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I believe the only thing encryption does is secure the memory card. BlackBerry traffic is already encrypted by default.

Anybody want to correct me?
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I was asked a few different questions from my Director.

1. We already have our devices password protected. If we also turn encryption on, does it ask for a separate password? So if someone happens to find out your password, is there any extra security?

2. Can encryption be forced through the BES. Mainly 5.0. Or do we have to set it on each individual device?

3. Does encryption cover an expandable memory card? What happens if it's taken out and out in a reader?

Thank you for all responses.
1. No it will not ask for a separate password, unless you are using digital certificates then it may ask you for a keystore password. But it will do that without encryption turned one.

2. Yes Enable Content Protection.

3. It can cover the BlackBerry memory as well as the Media Card inside the BlackBerry.

Just be wary it will hinder the performance of the BlackBerry when you lock/unlock the device.
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I believe the only thing encryption does is secure the memory card. BlackBerry traffic is already encrypted by default.

Anybody want to correct me?
As has alrready been said content encryption can be applied to internal memory and the SDCard.

As far as traffic is concerned, BES traffic is encrypted between the handheld and the BES server. BIS_B, APN (aka Direct TCP), WAP are not unless an encrypting protocol (SSL, TLS, HTTPS, etc) is used by the application doing the communicating.
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I read that when a memory card is encrypted using a randomly generated device key, the content is not accessible on other devices. But when the content is encrypted using the device password, the device prompts the user for that password when the card is put in another device.

Does anyone know if this holds true when the card is trying to be accessed with something other than a BlackBerry?
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The files will have a .rem extension, meaning it cannot be read on anything other than a blackberry.
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The files will have a .rem extension, meaning it cannot be read on anything other than a blackberry.
The original BlackBerry used when encryption was activated, or any BlackBerry?
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That I don't know Rambo; only that anything other than a blackberry can't read .rem file extensions.
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The data can only be read on the device on which the encryption was generated.
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Correct, we have many forum posts with people that ran into the issue of having encryption turned on, their stuff has the .rem extension and they essentially have lost all their stuff because their Blackberry broke.

It's a compromise, do you want to link the encryption to the device or the password? But their still has to be a BlackBerry involved regardless.
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