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mnv7498 06-08-2006 07:14 AM

Handheld data security
 
If my Blackberry handheld is stolen, is my data secure? Would someone be able to connect an external cable to my Blackberry and access my data.

NJBlackBerry 06-08-2006 07:18 AM

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Originally Posted by mnv7498
If my Blackberry handheld is stolen, is my data secure? Would someone be able to connect an external cable to my Blackberry and access my data.

That's why it is critically important that you have a password set to kick in on your BB. If it is password protected, and the password has kicked in, there is no way to steal the data. If you enter the password incorrectly 10 times, all customer data is wiped out.

JerryD 06-08-2006 07:42 AM

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Originally Posted by mnv7498
If my Blackberry handheld is stolen, is my data secure? Would someone be able to connect an external cable to my Blackberry and access my data.

If you password protect your BB, it will wipe all data after 10 (incorrect) attempts to enter the password. You can't access the device in any way - connected to a computer or stand alone - without the password.

You can also encrypt the data, but it will slow down the device, and heavens forbid you have to wipe it with encryption on, it can take HOURS - seriously!

That's why all Federal Government agencies will use ONLY Blackberries - they're the only truly secure mobile email devices!

J

mnv7498 06-08-2006 07:57 AM

Thanks, can you point me in the direction to encrypt the data if we are required to.

JerryD 06-08-2006 08:22 AM

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Originally Posted by mnv7498
Thanks, can you point me in the direction to encrypt the data if we are required to.

On the BB go to Options --> Security. There are 2 interesting options - one to Compress and one to Encrypt data.

It should also be notes that you can force users to have a password and (I believe) set the time out through IT Policy from the BES. In fact you can control most settings with IT Policy.

Don't ask me how. I'm not a BES Admin!


J

kb9liq 06-08-2006 12:24 PM

They are not truly secure email device. My boss had his broken into last week by some one. We don't send anything secure thru email. Last I heard the FBI still hadn't tracked it down.
Plus the FBI does something to the email it send so it can't be opened on any handheld device, including blackberrys.

JerryD 06-08-2006 01:18 PM

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Originally Posted by kb9liq
They are not truly secure email device. My boss had his broken into last week by some one. We don't send anything secure thru email. Last I heard the FBI still hadn't tracked it down.
Plus the FBI does something to the email it send so it can't be opened on any handheld device, including blackberrys.

Please clarify. Did he have a password on the device? Was he using BES or BIS? What do you mean "broken into"? I'm just curious.

Just an FYI and somewhat related, my wife got a second hand BB from someone in the office who had bought it second hand from someone else. Her IT guy got it all set up on their BES, then I set it up with Internet email like her old BB was. She started getting emails from some stranger - not the guy. After a month of trying to figure out how this was happening, it ends up somehow Cingular still had the PIN associated with the stranger's Internet email as well as my wife's. Nothing breaks security like a snafu!


J

kb9liq 06-08-2006 05:58 PM

They broke into his account and were recieving his emails and messages. Not his BB itself. His BB stopped working when this happened and like I said the FBI still has not traced down who it was. Hope that helps answer your questions.

NJBlackBerry 06-08-2006 06:00 PM

So they broke into his account and the BlackBerry is not secure? What account did they break into?

I am missing the link there.

greggebhardt 06-08-2006 06:21 PM

There is more to the story than we are being told. People do not break into people's Blackberry accounts unless they did not take proper precautions. Sounds like a used device, still ties to another user.

If BB was not secure, we would hear about it for sure!

r0guenj 06-08-2006 09:01 PM

Wirelessly posted (8700c: BlackBerry8700/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

Breaking into someone's mail account does not make the bb insecure. Bb's seem to be the most secure from what I can see from work and from the web. It also explains why financial institutions and the govt have no prob lems using them.

I use emm for my bes account so I don't get to play with the policy functions, but they offer almost total control of the device.

kb9liq 06-08-2006 09:07 PM

This is on a government account. That is why is was broken into. CNN has got in to blackberrys when they wanted to get information. ANY email that goes thru the internet is not secure.

NJBlackBerry 06-08-2006 09:11 PM

I guess that 3DES and AES security isn't all that it's cracked up to be, eh?

Government security, huh...

kb9liq 06-09-2006 09:12 AM

"I'm from the government, I'm here to help"

b52junebug 06-09-2006 09:29 AM

By broken into, how in the heck do you break into a bb? unless the user failed to secure it.. what are they the VA now? I have never heard of someone breaking into a bb successfully. Unless proper security protocols were not adheared to. i.e. PASSWORD PROTECT YOUR DEVICE!!!! Has anyone heard of or seen a pw cracker for the bb?

NJBlackBerry 06-09-2006 09:32 AM

With the VA. Priceless.

b52junebug 06-09-2006 09:55 AM

Thank you.. the only thing that sucks is that I am one of those 26.2 million people in that database.

lraed74 06-09-2006 09:58 AM

They are saying now that teens stole/wiped/resold...but doubt they know if that really happed. Just more BS from the current administration :)

NJBlackBerry 06-09-2006 10:05 AM

KEEP POLITICS OUT. Bad move there...
It was some moronic low level government worked who lost the data.

b52junebug 06-09-2006 10:25 AM

Hey did anyone see this article? http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtm...d=40644&page=2

Does anyone know if the problem has been fixed?


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