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Blackberry Protect App Offers Backup, Wiping, GPS Location

Research in Motion has brought out the beta version of its free Blackberry Protect tool that will allow users to back-up of their data to the cloud and remotely wipe it if their device gets lost or stolen.

Smartphone users will also be able to locate their lost Blackberry on a map using GPS, as well as either wiping or locking the information on the device.

The app, which was launched in private beta in 2010, allows users to back up their contacts, text messages, calenders and bookmarks wirelessly to the cloud. Users have the option of backing up their data automatically on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

If the device gets lost or stolen, Blackberry users will be able to log-in online and remotely lock their devices to protect the data on the phone. RIM users will also be able to remotely wipe the data stored in the microSD card when they are certain that they won't get their device back.

“Maybe you’ve just misplaced your smartphone. Lock and display a message on your smartphone Home screen for whoever may find it. Then locate it on a map and go get it. Or if you think your smartphone is nearby, simply force it to ring at full volume,” RIM explains.

RIM said that users will be able to manage upto 5 Blackberry smartphones from one Blackberry Protect account.