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BlackBerry App Review: App Lock

This should be especially helpful to those BlackBerry owners with personal information and pictures on their phones. Admit it, we all have dirty things on our phones, unless no one likes us. It’s a given, I’d say. Sometimes, our phone end up in the hands of friends, and in the back of your mind, you make a mental note to never be too far away from your phone so that you have ample time to stop someone from seeing things they shouldn’t be seeing. God forbid an older relative sees your dirty pictures you’ve been trading with your newfound love interest. Want the perfect way to protect things without having a password lock on your whole phone? Want to lose the headache? I present to you, App Lock!

After initial setup of your password and such, when you open the application, you enter the password created and you see the screen on which you choose what you want to lock down.

Once in the application’s screen, you see the options. Native, 3rd party, email, folders. You know what that means? You can lock down anything and everything! Virtually limitless.

All you need to do to activate the lock is find an app, or in my case, a folder that you want to lock. Check it using the trackpad/trackball and back out.

You can also cycle the auto-lock and have it ask every time, just in case you want to make sure your things are always protected if you happen to leave your phone on a table for a few minutes or something.

You also have the options to choose to have the password protection when the backlight goes off or your phone lock is activated.

Also added upon installation is a LockNow button. This saves you all the time of going into the app to reactivate the lock. Just hit it from the menu, and you’re all secure.

Here’s why I love this app. If you use it to lock up a specific folder, lets say filled with pictures you want to keep private, not only does it lock this app from being tampered with or simply seen, but it also hides the folder when the SD card is explored, which gives any looker the impression that simply there is nothing to see. I like this because a folder that’s blocked sparks peoples curiosity and some nosey bastards will try to crack your password. With App Lock, that moment of curiosity can’t even be reached, which I believe is awesome.

Now this app doesn’t need to be kept on. This is something I would only activate if I knew my phone would end up in hands that kill cats, you know, the curious hands. Check the app/folder to protect it, or un-check to un-protect it. If you’re the only one touching your phone deactivate protection, if you’d like. No need in typing a password to see your own stuff.

App Lock is supported by all device, in all countries, and by all carriers. The only drawback is that, unlike all the magical apps I had when I was with android, this app is not free. If you can put out the $1.99 for it, then it’s all good. I consider it a wise investment. To explore App Lock  for yourself and download it, you can find it in the BlackBerry App World. Hope this was helpful and you enjoy the app.



BlackBerry Theme: Covet

I’m not too big on theme’s to be honest with you, because I feel that many people don’t do them correctly. Sure they have the concept, but some things just don’t look good, or at least don’t look good to me. I don’t get themes from many people. In fact, in the past few months I have only gotten themes from one person, Cami.

If you remember my older BlackBerry tutorial videos for BlackBerry Empire’s YouTube channel, then you remember seeing the cool and original theme, CamiStacked Red/Blk. A simple change of wallpaper is all I did to it, which I always do, regardless of how cool it may be. I like my wallpaper to be personal.

This morning I decided that stock 5.0 wasn’t doing it for me. I go into my Twitter application and she tweets, so I visit and download and here it is, my new theme via Cami, called “Covet”.

The first thing I notice and am a bit fond of is the sleek shadow overlay.

Something else I love in themes, Today scheme. I love to be able to see my calender just by hovering.

One of the coolest things, even though she seems to not be too fond of it, OS 6.0 icons.

And just a quick shot of the custom send/receive in the BBM window. This is also custom in SMS/Email.

Overall, I give this theme a 5 out of 5. I haven’t run into any glitches, but then again I usually don’t when using her themes. The color scheme in this is red/black. I’m not sure if she will put it out in other colors, but either way, I’d say it’s still a must have and is compatible with the 9700, 96xx and my 8900 as well.

To find out more information on this theme, or to see what other themes Cami has cooking, check out Cami’s Theme Rehab.

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