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How to Use BlackBerry Locker to Keep Your Files and Apps Private «Android :: Gadget Hacks



Not all our privacy threats come from hackers thousands of miles away. Often, we only want to protect our data from those around us who are tracking our phones or revealing our secrets. This is where the BlackBerry Locker comes into play.

Starting with the BlackBerry KEYone, each BlackBerry smartphone (including the new KEY2) made by TCL comes preinstalled with a password-protected folder called BlackBerry Locker. Integrated into the hardware, BlackBerry Locker is a well-protected folder that not only keeps files out, but hides whole apps. With this protection level you can protect your most sensitive data.

Step 1
: Password Protection for Your Locker

When you open Locker for the first time, you are prompted to create a password. This password is used when encrypting your locker and should be stored securely (preferably in a password manager).

After entering your password, BlackBerry Locker asks if you want to enable fingerprint authentication by placing your registered finger on the scanner. When the process is complete, your locker is secured and contains three icons: Photo Gallery, Private Files, and Firefox Focus (for Private Surfing).

Step 2: Protect and hide files and apps

Any app installed on your device can be moved to BlackBerry Locker. After opening Locker, select the floating action button in the lower right corner and select "Add Apps". Select the apps you want to move to the locker, and then tap the checkmark in the upper right corner when you're done. To use the apps that you moved, you must first unlock Locker.

Locker can also hide these apps so they can not be found in other areas of your phone, like your app drawer. By selecting the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the main page and selecting Hide Private Apps, your apps will only be accessible through shortcuts and the locker. Therefore, if someone does not know the link, an unauthorized user will not know about the app. And if you know the link, it is still password protected.

Files of any type can be transferred to the locker in a similar way. Select "Add Files" on the main page using the same floating action button. A new screen will appear displaying common file types such as "Installer" (APK) and "Archive" (ZIP). If the file you are looking for is one of these file types, you can select the appropriate option to display a list of all files of that type. However, you can also choose Other to access all non-root folders to find a file.

When you move files to the locker, they are automatically hidden from other areas of your phone, so you do not have the extra step of hiding them as you did need to perform the apps.

Step 3: Hiding Cabinet (optional)

Let's say you hide personal apps and files in Locker and lend your phone to your significant other and believe it's safe. If they are already suspicious and see the Locker app, they can request access to it and see any information they wanted to hide. Luckily, this can be avoided by hiding Locker himself.

Choose Advanced Settings with the gear icon in the top right corner of the main page. Check the box next to "Hide Locker in Launcher" to hide the Locker app. When this feature is enabled, Locker no longer appears on the BlackBerry Launcher or in the app tray. You must either search for the app in the app tray or use a custom shortcut to launch the app.

Notice how I said BlackBerry Launcher. This feature does not always work with third-party startup apps like Nova Launcher. In this case, you must use the launcher's built-in feature to hide the app as well.

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Step 4: Launch Locker Off Lock Screen (Optional)

If you want to access your locker faster, select the gear icon in the upper right corner of the main page and select "Advanced Settings". Touch the checkbox next to "Open locker from lock screen."

After the selection, you will be prompted to touch the fingerprint sensor with one finger. This finger is important because it is the only finger that allows you to start Locker from the lock screen. I would suggest not using the thumb you usually use to unlock the phone unless you always want to jump in locker. I would also suggest not using the other thumb if you frequently switch hands to grab the phone.

Instead, use another finger (for example, your index finger) so that you can easily disconnect the authentication and unlock the locker by mistake. You must register the new finger if it is not currently registered on your BlackBerry device, but you can do so within the same prompt.

Step 5: Automatically Save Images to the Locker (optional)

One of the nicer features of Locker is the ability to attach images directly to the locker send. Especially pictures that you have just taken. With the BlackBerry Camera app open, tap the spacebar lightly. The phone picks up the picture, but stores the picture directly in the locker. If you did this correctly, you will see a key icon over a blurred image indicating that it is a protected image.

BlackBerry Locker provides premium protection for your local business files and apps. Knowing that their users need to protect their information from their fellow human beings, BlackBerry offered the opportunity to not only protect their data with a password, but also to hide it from their eyes. What do you think about BlackBerry Locker? Let us know in the comments below.

Cover image and screenshots of Jon Knight / Gadget Hacks

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