RIM Explains how to Secure Your BlackBerry PlayBook & Wi-Fi Sharing

Wi-Fi file sharing password

I still remember when RIM was handing out BlackBerry PlayBook’s at BlackBerry World many of them were setup by users to share files over Wi-Fi with no passwords. While some users may be smart enough to set a device password on their PlayBook it may not be necessary for all users. On the other hand Wi-Fi sharing passwords should be turned on for 99% of use cases. If you turn on Wi-Fi sharing on your BlackBerry PlayBook to share files over Wi-Fi and don’t setup a password then anybody on the same Wi-Fi network can access your PlayBooks media files including pictures, documents, videos, etc. Not good…

RIM was kind enough to put together a simple graphical tutorial on how to setup a BlackBerry PlayBook devices password and Wi-Fi sharing password. If you need help setting one up after reading their guide on it let us know in the comments.

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  1. I just discovered that if your Playbook is connected via USB it won’t let you connect via Wi-Fi at the same time. Usually it prompts for a username/password when I open the share with Wi-Fi. When I was connected via USB it didn’t and just failed to connect.

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