Back around the launch of BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, there were rumblings of a security app called Shield that would be launched at the same time. Though that didn’t happen at Mobile World Congress, additional details have bubbled up regarding features.
Remote Device Wipe – in case of loss of the terminal, just log in to BB Shield to remove all data from the device and / or memory card. “Lost & Found” Screen – you can customize the sentence on the screen to display that the BlackBerry is lost and show any information about the content (i.e. “take me please”). The ability to remotely set the password on the BlackBerry A loud bell alarm - useful option, even if you’ve lost your BlackBerry (at home) – once you’ve activated this option, your BB will ‘behave’ loud sounding an alarm, which will hopefully prompt a passerby (or yourself) to pick up your lost BlackBerry. Tracking capability – based on the GSM transmitters and / or GPS position that is constantly monitored in the BlackBerry unit, and there may be the possibility of seeing it on the map (like Google Maps) from the BB Shield dashboard. Backup – create wireless backup and restore, which can be set automatically exercise in the given time intervals
Some of these things were mentioned before, like the remote wipe, but the earlier rumours also hinted at over-the-air contact and calendar backup and restoration, something we don’t see in this new feature list. There aren’t any screenshots or leaked docs, so take it all with a grain of salt, but this could potentially be a great product that offers consumers some of the security Black Berry Enterprise Server users enjoy. It seems vaguely reminiscent of the the features BlackBerry Unite! used to offer, if a little more militant. We’ll have to keep our eyes open for some slightly more tangible proof of BlackBerry Shield, although we may be seeing it as soon as this April, maybe even WES.
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