Keep your files and messages private with Secret Keeper for BlackBerry 10

By Alicia Erlich on 16 Jan 2014 07:08 am EST

For those of us who have files on our BlackBerry that should remain hidden, there is no shortage of options available. While we could password lock our device or enable the system encryption, some may prefer the use of a third party application. Secret-Keeper aims to do that and more for your. It secures your pictures, videos, documents, or other files from prying eyes.

In this respect, I fair rather poorly as I do not lock or protect my device. There is nothing I could not replace via the cloud or prior backups, and certainly no sensitive files to fret over if lost. However, for those who do, the instructions and layout are fairly self-explanatory and accomplishes this task in a quick manner thanks to its simple layout.

Speaking of the interface, being able to quickly add or remove files with ease is important. The bottom bar breaks down the major files into categories: file, folder, text, record (voice notes). Under the file category it in turn sorts by picture video, document and other. This way, you can navigate to the file type you wish without having to scroll through them all. For the PRO version, it allows you to share these encrypted files via BBM, email or SMS, though it does require the other party to install the application as well to view or read them.

Earlier I mentioned text as being one of the categories that can be encrypted. What this means is that it converts text into cipher text, with four types of encryption methods to choose from. Basically, it takes whatever text you input and converts it into text that is undecipherable unless the other person decrypts it. In this case, you can write private messages, encode them, and then share with anyone. No one would be able to read unless they download the application on their handheld and convert it. In this way, certain messages you wish to remain private will be just that.

The application is priced at $1.99 for BlackBerry 10, though there is a free limited feature version available to try as well. When I say limited, it really does limit you to adding and removing files, and deciphering text. You won't be able to preview, share, or open files that were shared with you without upgrading to the PRO version.

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Reader comments

Keep your files and messages private with Secret Keeper for BlackBerry 10


I didn't see if it's headless. I would like to see a headless app where we can long press a file or folder and have it lock it/them. And, equally important, when you want to access them it prompts for the unlock code.

Also, if you don't know this, if you create a file called .nomedia (period+nomedia) in a folder, the media files in that folder branch will not be displayed in the media apps. You can't create dotted files within File Manager so you have to use a computer or open a shell in to QNX and do it there. Also, dotted files are hidden so once the file is created, it won't be seen on the phone.

Awesome tip! You could also create a file with Docs To Go and rename it to ".nomedia" using Ghost Commander (from BlackBerry World). After that the file will be hidden from the BB10 File Manager but not from Ghost Commander, so you can use the latter to move the file to the desired folder.

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Actually, you can create the file directly from Ghost Commander. Just go to the desired folder and swipe from the top of the screen to get the option.

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Nice, always good to keep them away from your secure information.

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Very bad app. It uses very weak encryption. For example: Caesar method transaltes A into to D, B into E, etc. Very easy to decrypt for anybody with IQ above 100. And if you own that app, you can easily retype message from other's phone and decrypt it on yours.

The only proper solution is asymetric encryption. Encrypt with other's public key, decrypt with own private one!

There have been a lot of these but they just don't work for me, the process of encrypting/decrypting is too tedious and time consuming. What I miss the most from the old BBOS is the ability to hide folders, no app required! They should bring that back to BB10.

Absolutely, very annoyed that photo's are viewable where ever they are placed on the device.

Please bring back hiding folders!

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In file manager make a folder put your "secret" stuff in it and zip it. Then it won't show up in any media app

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My Z10 STL100-1 was a great phone till I upgraded to Since then my camera (which was awesome) stopped dead in its tracks and the battery life has become shocking (charging 3x per day).

My battery has now become damaged (goes dead before it shows the red indicator) and I blame BlackBerry for that. They must replace the battery.

Got my phone two weeks after the initial release in South Africa.

@BlackberryHelp is slow in helping.

How do I change to another OS version ?

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I created a folder in media card, videos, and placed pics in there. So far I'm not seeing it show up in pictures or videos app... See if that works for anyone else.