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How to Use BlackBerry Redactor to Hide Sensitive Information in Screenshots «Android :: Gadget Hacks



Sometimes screenshots need to be shared, but not the entire screen. This usually requires some edits that are not usually easy to do on a smartphone. BlackBerry detected this issue and created a tool called "Redactor" that lets you easily hide your data before it's released.

Redactor can be used and preinstalled on the BlackBerry KEY2 and other BlackBerry devices running the Android operating system for free. However, for other Android devices, you can install for 99 cents a month from the Play Store (after a 30-day free trial). Redactor makes it easy to share screenshots, regardless of what's displayed on the screen by covering some aspects of the image.

Step 1
: Adding Redactor to Your Quick Settings for Easy Access

This step is technically not necessary to make things much easier. Swipe down twice in the status bar to see all your quick settings. Then select the pencil icon in the lower right corner to open Edit mode. Find the tile "Redactor", drag it for a long time and drag it between the active tiles with the quick settings. When finished, press the left arrow in the upper left corner to save the change.

Step 2: Hide Sensitive Data

Redactor already works before you take a screenshot therefore, no post-processing is required. When you're ready to share a screenshot of a confidential information menu, first open the Quick Settings window and choose Redactor. A toast message appears informing you that "Redactor mode is on" and a bar with a list of options is displayed at the bottom.

The first button controls the shape of the black marker used to hide screen areas. When the small rectangle is selected, swiping the screen will create a rectangle over this section. The small circle will form a black circle. However, use the dotted square symbol for highest precision. This icon creates a narrower rectangle that is the size of a typical text bubble in messaging apps.

If you make mistakes, you can undo the last action with the Undo button (second icon in the bottom bar). Once you've hidden your data, you can take a screenshot.

Step 3: Take and share your screenshot

You can reduce the screenshot with the standard volume and power button commands or create the new option in Android P & # 39; s Power menu. Redactor also includes the ability to take and share the screenshot using the share button (third icon in the bottom bar).

Take a look at your screenshot to make sure all your data is not visible. After capturing the screenshot, stop Redactor with the right icon in the bottom bar to remove all black bars.

(1) Before, (2) After

Redactor is a simple tool, but it is definitely useful. Now you are less likely to accidentally share the wrong information. Whether you share with your family or a friend, you can be sure that your screenshots only show what you want to show and nothing more.

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