Its nice to have a password protected BB, but its also annoying when you have to enter it EVERY time you want to use it. I’ve noticed that my 8900 running 188.8.131.520 doesn’t lock all the time now though, which I like. To password lock it, I either hit the shortcut ‘k’ or actually click the ‘Password Lock’ icon.
For those of us that don’t have a touchscreen berry, we miss out on some cool apps like PatternLock that make it relatively easy to unlock your password protected device.
I came across a tip on the BlackBerry Cool twitter feed that is pretty neat. Set your password to “bnm$”. Then to unlock, all you do is start with b and slide over to the enter key. Its kind of fun and reminds me of the iPhone “slide to unlock” function. You can make it longer as well if you want to feel more secure. It could be, “cvbnm$” if you want.
I know that some of you have no choice when it comes to setting a password or not. Most corporate BBs on BES require you to set a password. I think this is an interesting solution. I tried it for a few days then scrapped it only because I was starting to get ‘nintendo thumb’ (if you don’t get that, ask someone who’s 26-30) from constantly sliding across the keyboard.
Also, beware if you set this up cause now I know how to unlock ALL OF YOUR BLACKBERRYS!