Australian BlackBerry users now have access to Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Protect, an application that allows users to wirelessly backup, restore and locate their BlackBerry - but it's not available to business customers.
BlackBerry Protect, which has been available to US and some Latin America users since March, is now available in Australia and New Zealand.
However, the service is only available to users who have a consumer data plan and do not connect through a corporate BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which allows IT administrators to enforce security policies and perform functions including remote wipe.
The free security solution provides the following features:
- Remote device wipe
- Remote device lock
- Remote activation of a “Lost and Found” home screen
- Locate device on a map
- Remote activation of the BlackBerry smartphone loud ringer
- Wireless device backup and restore
If a BlackBerry device is lost, users can log in to the BlackBerry Protect website to lock the device and display a message on the smartphone home screen for whoever finds it. The service also lets use locate the lost device on a map. If the device can not be retrieved, users can delete the information on the smartphone and microSD card.
BlackBerry Protect app and works on selected BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS 4.6 or higher.