The BlackBerry 9700 remains one of the most popular devices in the BlackBerry Bold line, and for the most part, it is a good choice for business and personal use. However, Android users should be aware that they face certain disadvantages compared to iPhone users and may sometimes need to take a few extra steps to ensure their phone is safely encrypted and secure from cybercriminals, hackers, and those seeking to otherwise invade their privacy. If you use your Blackberry for business, it is important to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible so that you can take preventive measures and keep your data secure.
Factory resets are not as secure as you are led to believe
Like many Android users, at some point you have probably sold an old device. You may have sold an outdated model on Craigslist for extra cash or passed it along as a hand-me-down to a friend or relative. Maybe you have purchased a used phone at some point yourself. Typically, when someone sells a used phone they make sure that the phone has been wiped clean of any old traces of the previous users’ data. It might seem like it on the surface—but even after a factory reset has been done, data can still remain available to savvy cybercriminals.
Encryption is the only way to confidently secure your data
If you are planning to re-sell an old BlackBerry 9700 or purchase a used one, keep in mind that encryption is not something that occurs automatically upon purchase of an Android device. Unlike iPhones, which are equipped with encryption software that keeps iMessage conversations completely anonymous, Androids typically require you to encrypt your data yourself. Even if the previous owner of your phone has done a factory reset, there is no guarantee that the device is secure. You don’t know how much of their private information might still be being tracked.
Encryption is worth the time and money.
Software specifically designed for Android devices, such as the BlackBerry 9700, is affordable and becoming more and more common, as Android users recognize the potential risks of leaving their device unencrypted. If you wouldn’t leave your front door unlocked when you run out to do errands, you shouldn’t leave your phone unencrypted, either. Your private information is valuable, and you should treat it as such.