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Full Device Encryption Shows Up in PlayBook OS 2.1 Beta


Color me impressed with the PlayBook OS 2.1 Beta release RIM put out today. I know there is more coming in the consumer version but the improvements to the email client and Android player are very nice touches. What really impressed me was what I missed when RIM announced the release of the OS 2.1 Beta. Since the PlayBook was launched security buffs have been complaining that unlike current BlackBerrys the PlayBook does did not allow you to encrypt the personal partition and device storage with options only for the work partition.

Now that has changed with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 beta. This developer beta allows users to setup full device encryption including the personal partition. That way users with sensitive information can completely encrypt their info. Another nice notable update is that screenshots are now saved in lossless PNG format which RIM claims was a request developers made. Don’t forget to whitelist your device here to get the update.

PS: It is also worth noting that not all apps will run on OS 2.1 so consider yourself warned.

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