Last night I had a slight panic when I realized I had misplaced my phone while at law school. I use ‘slight’ to describe my level of panic because I had previously installed Blackberry Protect on my beloved Bold 9930. Blackberry Protect is an application that provides a host of features, like cloud backup and restore, GPS location of the phone, remote lockout, remote wipe, and remote messaging and audible alerts. I had never used Blackberry Protect’s features beside cloud backup until last night.
When my federal income tax ended, I mistakenly left my phone on the seat adjacent to mine. I then went to my debtor/creditor rights class and ten minutes after sitting down I realized I didn’t have my phone. Luckily, I had access to the internet (I take notes on my laptop), so I logged into the Blackberry Protect website. Below is a screen capture of Blackberry Protect, showing what you can do to locate your phone or take other measures to remotely secure it.
I viewed the location of my phone and saw that it was likely at my law school (there may be a discrepancy of where the GPS says the phone is and where it actually is). I then locked it remotely, meaning that someone could not use the phone or access and information on the phone without a password I designated. Thanks to Blackberry Protect, I now had the peace of mind that if I could not find my phone, someone else couldn’t use it or the information on it (personal logins, emails, etc). The screen capture doesn’t show the final step a user can take if he or she cannot recover the phone. Blackberry Protect allows users to remotely wipe the phone, thereby removing all personal information, email accounts, etc. from the phone.
I waited until my debtor/creditor rights class was over and returned to the classroom where my federal income class is taught. I couldn’t find the phone when I looked for it, so I logged back into Blackberry Protect through my laptop, and sent a message to my phone, instructing it to play an audible tone. My phone played the tone, even though I had set the ringer to silent. I then easily found my phone and left the classroom greatly relieved.
If you are a Blackberry owner, you should install Blackberry Protect on your phone. It’s free and simple to use. If you don’t have a Blackberry, you should see if a similar application exists for your phone. Blackberry users, do you use Blackberry Protect? Android and iPhone users, what apps are available to help you locate your phone?