BlackBerry PlayBook Security Tips: How to Protect Your Tablet

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  • November 29, 2016
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If you’re attempting to employ RIM’s brand new BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat application while connected to a corporate network, but keep experiencing connectivity issues, your problems could be related to blocked ports or port forwarding in your enterprise firewall. And they’re working to enable Android devices to run Windows software, and Windows machines to run iPad apps. The PlayBook also did not connect to corporate BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES), making it less than ideal for businesspeople. Lotus Quickr is IBM’s document-based enterprise collaboration software, allowing users to check-in and check-out digital documents–in variety of formats including Microsoft Office and IBM’s own Lotus Symphony–track changes made to said documents and keep tabs on who made what modifications when, etc. The company saw 43 percent organic growth in its software licensing revenue in its third fiscal quarter, ended Nov. Boost browser security. RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be available with at least three different storage-capacities: 16GB, 32GB and 64GBs, according to RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie.

BlackBerry likely hears the approaching echo of a death knoll, as well, and it’s wisely investing in what it has always done best: enterprise security and EMM. To disable PlayBook Wi-Fi, simply click the Wi-Fi symbol in your PlayBook’s home-screen system tray, located in the upper-right corner of your display, and then tap the Wi-Fi on/off button so it reads Off. has exclusive rights to the hardware and software that would make it possible for to provide Amazon Instant Videos for these devices. BlackBerry Pearl 81xx users want to employ 240×260-pixel wallpapers; Pearl Flip 8220 users want 240×320; Curve 83xx, BlackBerry 87xx and 88xx should use 320×240 backgrounds; Curve 8900 owners want 480×360; Bold 9000 users want 480×320; and Storm 95xx devices have 360×480 displays. You’re always better off using your own, secure Wi-Fi hotspot or home network where available, or at least paying for secure access to a locked network, but sometimes you don’t have access to these wireless networks. Unless you’ve memorized your BlackBerry PIN number–which, we might add, is not a bad idea–you need to visit your BlackBerry Help Me! The BlackBerry PlayBook lets you employ Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) so you can connect to compatible Wi-Fi networks via buttons or PIN numbers on a wireless router, therefore never having to send passwords or other potentially sensitive login information over the network.

To determine your device’s total file size, click the BlackBerry Menu–located directly the left of your device’s track ball, if you’re using an 8xxx series device–and select Database Sizes. Then tap the Use WPS option and follow the on-screen instructions. Finally, you can reduce the risk of unauthorized access to your PlayBook via Bluetooth by ensuring that your tablet is not “discoverable” at all times. To modify your PlayBook Bluetooth settings, open the PlayBook Settings and pick Bluetooth. Next, make sure that the Discoverable option is set to either No or 2 Minutes. You’ll need to go into your PlayBook’s Bluetooth settings and pick 2 Minutes every time you want to pair with another Bluetooth-enabled device, since this option will make your tablet detectable for only two minutes before making is “disappear.” But unknown Bluetooth devices won’t even be able to detect your tablet when it’s not discoverable, let alone connect without your knowledge. Read more of Galen Gruman’s Mobile Edge blog and follow the latest developments in mobile technology at

If you don’t plan on sharing files between your PC and tablet, or between your tablet and other wirelessly-enable device, your best bet, from a security perspective is to simply leave both of these options turned off–both file sharing options are turned off by default until you enable them. But you can still securely share files via PlayBook and other devices by assigning a file-sharing password that must be entered every time you want to share files. To enable wired- or wireless-file-sharing, or both, open up your PlayBook Settings and choose the Storage and Sharing option. On the next page, enable wired file sharing by clicking the box next to File Sharing to the On position. Do the same for the Wi-Fi Sharing listing if you wish to enable wireless file sharing. Finally, to secure BlackBerry PlayBook file sharing, enable the Password Protect option on the Storage and Sharing screen, enter in your password twice to confirm it, and you’re good to go. The Bold 9700 doesn’t have a trackball, and the new trackpad is a solid replacement–I’ve yet to have any issues with my Bold 9700 trackpad.

The BlackBerry PlayBook’s Webkit browser is one of the coolest, most valuable features packed into RIM’s tablet. However, there are secure–and private–ways to employ the PlayBook browser…and not so secure or private methods. If you wish to surf the Web via PlayBook without storing any kind of information on your browsing, the best bet is to enable PlayBook Private Browsing. Private Browsing lets you surf the Web without leaving any easily-discoverable traces of your digital whereabouts, such as browsing history, cookies, etc. Turn on PlayBook Private Browsing by launching your PlayBook Browser and sliding your finger down from the top of your tablet’s display, to expose more browser options, including another gear-like icon labeled Options. Click the gear to open up your PlayBook browser options, then click to enable Private Browsing, which is turned off by default. In addition, you can block a Websites’ ability to identify your location at a given time, via PlayBook browser, by selecting the Permissions option in your browser settings menu and then flipping the Allow Websites to Access My Location option to “Off”.

Finally, if you value privacy and security above and beyond the advance browsing options, you can choose to disable the PlayBook browser’s Flash and/or Javascript, two Web technologies that are often targeted by miscreants–and sometimes compromised. All BlackBerry PlayBook users should know how to quickly “wipe” their tablets, or rapidly remove all personal data and applications, to return the device to a factory state, in case they ever need to return or exchange the device, or hand it over to another user. Thankfully, RIM makes it very easy to perform a BlackBerry PlayBook security wipe. My advice is not to avoid BBM Groups completely; I think the feature can be truly valuable. On the next page, scroll down to and select the Security Wipe option, type the word “BlackBerry” into the provided space and click the on-screen Wipe Data button to initiate the security wipe.

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