What is Content Protection and Encryption on BlackBerry smartphone

Article ID: KB15244

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 12-14-2011


Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows
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  • BlackBerry® smartphones

Content protection or Encryption is designed to encrypt BlackBerry smartphone data. When content protection is turned on, the BlackBerry smartphone uses a private key to encrypt data as it is stored, including data that the BlackBerry smartphone receives when it is locked. The BlackBerry smartphone decrypts data as it is accessed.

When BlackBerry smartphone is first locked, an open lock indicator appears in the BlackBerry smartphone status section of the screen to indicate that the BlackBerry smartphone is deleting a copy of the private key from temporary memory. A closed lock indicator appears when the BlackBerry smartphone has deleted the key.

Note: In BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0, content protection is is now referred to as Encryption. It can be found by going to Options > Security Options > Encryption.

Review the Security Technical Overview document for more information about content protection.


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