BlackBerry debuts remote security tool

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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.

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