BlackBerry debuts remote security tool


Research In Motion has launched BlackBerry Protect, enabling users to backup, restore and locate their handset if it is misplaced, lost or stolen

BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion has debuted a new security tool, BlackBerry Protect, to provide remote device backup, wipe and lock functions.

BlackBerry Protect also allows users to identify a handset’s whereabouts on a map using GPS and to leave contact details on the screen in the event it is found.

It allows remote activation of a loud ringer function to locate the device when misplaced. Users can wirelessly restore all backed-up data from their old device to the new device.

BlackBerry Protect is BES-compatible but runs independently, with a maximum of five phones per account. It has launched as a beta version through Beta Zone, available via invite codes.