RIM Announces BlackBerry Protect – Wirelessly Backup, Restore Remote Wipe And Locate Your Lost Blackberry


RIM has officially announced the BlackBerry Protect (formerly known as BlackBerry Shield) which will be available as a limited, private beta through the BlackBerry Beta Zone later in this week. There are already few free and premium apps available from the 3rd party developers which does the same remote device management. Check out following key features of BlackBerry Protect.

Remote Device Management:

  • Protect important information on a lost BlackBerry smartphone by remotely wiping or locking the device from your desktop
  • Remotely add contact information to the home screen of a locked BlackBerry smartphone so it can be returned if found
  • See your BlackBerry smartphone’s location and pinpoint the current whereabouts of a lost or stolen device with cell tower and GPS device tracking
  • Find a nearby misplaced BlackBerry smartphone by remotely activating a loud ringer

Over the Air (OTA) Backup and Restore:

  • Back up data from your BlackBerry smartphone (including Contacts and Calendar; Memos and Tasks; Browser Bookmarks and Text Messages) over Wi-Fi
  • Restore your data to a new BlackBerry smartphone, or simply switch from one BlackBerry smartphone to another

BlackBerry Protect will be available through BlackBerry Beta Zone later this week via invite codes. If you’re a member of Beta Zone and don’t receive a download code, don’t worry, you will be able to try it out when it reaches open public beta later this year. If you aren’t a member of BlackBerry Beta Zone yet, it’s not too late – sign up for a BlackBerry Beta Zone account now and try out other apps available in open beta!

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One Comment
  1. Mthokozisi

    I have installed this software on my gadget but it got lost firve days ago. I have been able to login the Blackberry Protect web but I am unable to view the data in the contact, messages enen though I can see the back-ups. Please help!!