What is the BlackBerry KeyStore

Article ID: KB25622

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 12-14-2011


Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac OS
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  • BlackBerry® Smartphones

The BlackBerry® Key Store is a database that securely stores and protects access to a set of cryptographic keys and certificates. These keys and certificates are used to decrypt or encrypt messages and to connect to websites that use certificates. A password is required in order to keep these certificates secure.

The key store on your BlackBerry® smartphone might store the following items. To access these items in the key store, you must type a key store password.

  • personal certificates (certificate and private key pairs)
  • certificates that you download using the certificate synchronization tool of the BlackBerry® Desktop Manager
  • certificates that you download from an LDAP certificate server
  • certificates that you add from a message
  • personal PGP® keys (public and private key pairs)
  • PGP public keys that you download from an LDAP certificate server
  • PGP public keys that you add from a message
  • root certificates that are included in the BlackBerry® Desktop Software


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