RIM has launched a beta of its BlackBerry Protect security backup application which can now be downloaded for free from the App World store.
BlackBerry Protect was announced last July, and provides a quick and convenient method of backing up, restoring and locating devices via the internet, RIM said.
V3.co.uk downloaded the application on a BlackBerry Bold 9700 and found it impressive. Set up was easy and we were guided through five simple steps. The device initially prompted us to set up a BlackBerry ID, which took a couple of minutes.
Next, the BlackBerry asked us which applications we wanted to back up, offering the ability to select contacts, calendar, tasks, memos, browser bookmarks and text messages.
We were warned that media files, BlackBerry Messenger contacts and third-party apps would not be backed up by this service.
Step three involved choosing the frequency of the backup, with daily, weekly and monthly options available.
Finally, we were required to consent to location monitoring to trace the device in the event of its being lost or stolen.
The first backup took two or three minutes, and it is possible to choose whether backups take place over Wi-Fi or 3G.
We logged into the BlackBerry Protect portal which offers a number of additional management functions.
These include the ability to pinpoint the location of a device through the browser and trigger a loud ring to help find the handset if lost or stolen. Both these features worked when tested.
There is a remote locking feature and the app allows a customised message to be displayed on a bright red background. This returned to normal when the phone was unlocked.
There was also the option to remotely wipe the device from the portal.
Overall, the beta version of BlackBerry Protect appears to work well and could be a handy tool for business users.
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