Bacon on BlackBerry: Tethering security, backup viewing and more


Q: I have spent the past two days scouring the Internet looking for any information regarding the security concerns/risks involved in tethering the BESed BlackBerry via cable to a laptop. Do you have any insight?

A: RIM is extremely security conscious. The only security concern here is if you install a program on the BlackBerry that you then allow access to another program you install on your desktop which then connects to your BlackBerry and the two programs exchange data. However, if you expressly install two programs that are designed to work together and expressly give them access to the USB connection then I hope you know what those programs are and trust the vendor. As with any software, you should make sure you know what you are installing and who it’s from.

Q: My colleague told me that there is a way around getting your Blackberry to ring more than 3 times before going to voicemail. I constantly miss calls and its getting very frustrating. My husband thinks it personal! I am based in the UK with the O2 network. Any helpful tips would be gratefully accepted.

A: I had a similar issue on FIDO here in Canada on an old cell-phone. When I called customer support , they provided a code to dial that set the number of seconds to wait before going to voicemail (the number of rings is just however many can happen in the allotted time). I have heard that is the suggested method on many carriers so I suggest you contact your carrier and have them provide you the code to change yours.

2 Responses to “Bacon on BlackBerry: Tethering security, backup viewing and more”

  1. 1 Neil

    Actually, it is possible to view and export the data inside a backup file using a product called “ABC Amber BlackBerry Converter”:

    Not free though and I don’t know of any free ones.

  2. 2 Jim

    Neil has it right … ABC Amber Blackberry Converter works to read the Blackberry backup files on your computer. Yes, you have to purchase it, but there is a 30 day free trial version available which I downloaded via It does work!

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