02-05-2013 06:34 PM - edited 02-05-2013 07:15 PM
The following process is recommended for all "Personal" BlackBerry device users so as to best protect the priceless data you have contained on your BlackBerry device.
Exceptions for BES/BES-X (etc.) Users: For Corporate/BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Solution), BES-X (BES Express), or other non "Personal" users, please work with your BES/Server admins concerning the exceptions to this process that apply to you. For example, BlackBerry Protect does not work for BES users, and your BES (by default) does back up much of your BlackBerry device to the BES server for you, which may reduce the steps you need to take below.
If you have an adequate data plan from your mobile service provider, configure BlackBerry Protect to automatically backup all that it can (to "the cloud"), preferring WiFi if carrier data network consumption is an issue for you (e.g., limited data plans):
This process is intended (for non-BES users) to be used in its entirety; using only subsets of the process will increase your risk factors. For example, BlackBerry Protect only backs up a subset of the databases from a BlackBerry device. Hence, also conducting the weekly full backup provides you with the best protection for all of your data.
If you also are using a desktop organizer app (e.g., Outlook), then you further can configure an additional layer of data protection by synchronizing between your BlackBerry device and your desktop organizer.
There is an old saying:
Like insurance, backups are neither a reactive nor an optional activity. Hopefully this process will help protect your data from a surprise catastrophic failure of your device. Remember, the device itself is a commodity...the data on it, now that is indeed priceless, and well worthy of adequate protection!