BlackBerry Protect updated, bringing some new features and fixes

BB Protect
By James Richardson on 10 Jul 2012 02:37 pm EDT
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One of my most valued apps on my BlackBerry has received an update today. BlackBerry Protect version 1.1.1.73 is now available to download from App World. 

The update brings the following features and fixes to the app:

  • Support for backing up additional databases such as password keeper and WiFi network profiles
  • Improvements to the backup and restore feature
  • Enhancements to the application deletion protection
  • Ability to stop and resume BlackBerry Protect service
  • Ability to automatically return your device to silent mode after making it play a sound
  • BlackBerry ID enhancements and setup fixes
    • Expansion of supported wireless service providers and BlackBerry device models
      • Support for additional display languages

      If you currently do not use BlackBerry Protect I strongly recommend you do. As well as it backing up your contacts, sms, calendar, tasks and memos, the application can also come in very handy if you lose your beloved BlackBerry. Using BlackBerry Protect on the web will allow you to locate your BlackBerry if it is lost or stolen. As well as tracking it on a map, you can sound an alarm on your device, send a message to it and even erase all of its data. If you fancy seeing it in action check out the recent video we posted.

      More information/Download BlackBerry Protect for BlackBerry Smartphones

      29 comments

      John.P

      Pretty sure it previously backed up WiFi networks. I've transferred devices several times and it remembers them all for me.

      jcbrunson

      The update did not work for me on the 9810 running 7.0 AT&T. Status after upgrade is stuck on "Verifying BlackBerry ID". If BB Protect is working fine for you, I would not install the upgrade.

      Edit: After re-installation of BB Protect, I was prompted to update to the latest version of Blackberry ID. I have no idea how to force an upgrade to Blackberry ID outside of the BB Protect re-install, but this seems to have fixed the problem.

      cribble2k

      Same with the Password Keeper passwords being backed up.

      TripNFry

      oh how i wish it would work on BES devices!!! not all of us have helpful BES Admins..

      Rootbrian

      That is a downside, getting off bes would greatly help, or convince the company/IT person to hire someone more helpful.

      partizan666

      Is there any way to force it to work under BES (without messing with removing IT policy). Also, is there anything similar us BES folks can use?

      partizan666

      What would a helpful BES admin do? I may have one, just need to know what to ask for.

      John.P

      There's nothing the admin can do, the app itself prevents from being used on a BES/X. The BES/X server backs up all this information for you. This basically is redundant, except for the screaming of the phone.

      TripNFry

      Well locating your phone on a map is not exactly redundant when you have a BES admin who would rather remotely wipe your device and call it a day, than tell you that you left it in your house/office and to keep looking in those couch cushions.

      dragonx6

      You guys think it would be a good idea to have it on the playbook?

      John.P

      Depends. On a 4G PlayBook, for sure! On a wifi only PlayBook? Maybe, but I wouldn't rely on it.

      BB_Bmore

      Had this update come in last week. Is this another one?

      LuisCast

      I still don't see it in my App World! It shows version 1.1.1.65. Can you supply the link?

      BB_Bmore

      Just hit alt rst or just go to my world/installed and click on protect. You should see the upgrade.

      niss63

      Don't sweat it - I don't have it available for my phone at this time. As far as I can tell .65 is functionally the same as .73 to the user. It may have some hidden fixes or features, but the backup for wifi and password keeper are in both them, as is the ability to start and stop the service, and to quickly return to silent mode once "play sound" is activated.

      I'm sure it'll show up eventually.

      BB_Bmore

      Why is protect app icon a different color on my 7.1 than it is on my 6.0 device? Jc.

      pr1nce

      I already have the options to backup Password Keeper and Wi-fi Profiles on version 1.1.1.65

      ssbtech

      If you can't use BlackBerry Protect on BES phones, does BES allow for remote lock, wipe, tracking a lost phone, etc..?

      And does this update finally prevent BB Protect from being disabled without a password?

      mssca

      No the password part is still not here because people work at RIM is not as smart as you and the general public.

      mnhockeycoach99

      I downloaded the 7.1 version for my 9900 from RROYY and get the following error when I start BB Protect:

      Error starting net_rim_bb_dryad_gui:Module 'net_rim_bb_api_catalyst_serviceplaneengine' not found.

      What should I do?

      Coach Bill

      Still have the "Blackberry Protect contains a different version of module nit_rim_bb_api_catalyst_serviceplanengine. If you proceed, Plans Applications may not function properly" message when I try to update.

      Last update had same message, so I haven't performed update. Still on version 1.1.1.50.

      Can anyone help?

      maxknux

      I just went into Laptop BB Desktop Manager and click Applications then removed Blackberry Plans app.

      That should work. I don't know what BlackBerry Plans app does but it is not critical component of the OS

      starfleet_k

      installed it from appworld restart phone, accept eula, loads protect and gets stuck at verifying blackberry id.
      uninstalled protect, reboot reinstall protect and it does a blackberry I.D. upgrade ... worked from then on. i am running att latest offical version of os

      TheRealFixxxer

      Oh how I wish BB Protect worked with encryption. :(

      deadlyheart4u

      updated, smoother than before and fast

      CDM76

      Why can we not backup BBM messages ?!?!?

      mssca

      And yet the genius losers in RIM didn't placed a password on the app itself. Well done RIM on their half baked app. I know many here will argue that you can place a password on the phone itself. But that is just an excuse for poor app.

      Stayce6

      Can any1 help, bb protect wont update after i downloaded the upgrade, its stuck at updating blackberry protect service information.