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Old 11-20-2006, 08:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello -
I regularly take backup of my blackberry. I secure my Blackberry with a password also. My question is regarding the security of the backup file.

When I take a backup do I need to remember the password also? Let's say I took a backup a month ago and after that I changed my blackberry password. And for reasons unknown I forgot the password which I had set when I took the backup. In the event of failure when I try to restore it from that backup will it ask me for a password? If yes, which one? If not - then is it not a security breach considering the fact that the backup CD might be stolen and somebody else can load my personal data on their Blackberry.

Let me know your thoughts.

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Old 11-20-2006, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When I take a backup do I need to remember the password also?

No, you are not prompted for an old password when you are reloading from a previous backup. It will only prompt you for your current password on your BB.

If not - then is it not a security breach considering the fact that the backup CD might be stolen and somebody else can load my personal data on their Blackberry.

Some companies do consider this a security breach, and thus push down the appropriate IT policy to prevent users from running a Desktop Backup of their handheld.

Nice try, but there are no security breaches in the BlackBerry Solution, that can not be eliminated.
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I do not have a company provided blackberry. The thing is you can connect your blackberry to the synchronization software and if you have my CD which has a backed up file from my blackberry you can easily restore it and thus be able to import all my data on your handheld correct? I consider this as a security breach or maybe I am missing something here.

Your thoughts?
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If your blackberry is password protected, no one would be able to backup or sync your blackberry without entering the password.

Once your data is backed up to a file, it is up to you to protect that file. You can encrypt it with any tool available for free on the internet.
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Originally Posted by chetan6
I do not have a company provided blackberry. The thing is you can connect your blackberry to the synchronization software and if you have my CD which has a backed up file from my blackberry you can easily restore it and thus be able to import all my data on your handheld correct? I consider this as a security breach or maybe I am missing something here.

Your thoughts?
My thoughts, don't keep the BB and the backup CD together. Secure the backup CD and stop worrying.

I back up my laptop to CD. It has the same risk.
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