FREE Apps to Protect & Locate Your Blackberry & I-Phone

Dear Public Safety Friends,

There are two, FREE applications available that can be used to protect and locate your phone in the event that it is lost or stolen: Blackberry Protect and Find My i-Phone.  

Blackberry users: 

If you're on an applicable consumer data plan (enterprise plans are not supported at this time), you can download BlackBerry Protect from the Blackberry APP Center and then log into the Blackberry Web site where you can lock, locate, or wipe your Smartphone from wherever you are. You can also choose to have your crucial data backed up wirelessly and automatically, as often as you choose (daily, weekly, or monthly).

Can't find your BlackBerry? Go to to:

  • Locate it on a map
  • Set a password and lock it to protect your information
  • Wipe all the contents
  • Make your BlackBerry ring loudly to help find it
  • Display a message on the home screen instructing whoever finds it on how to return it.

For more information on setting up Blackberry Protect, please click

I-Phone 4 & I-pad users:

Find My iPhone is now FREE for anyone with an iPhone 4, iPad, or 4th generation iPod touch (iOS 4.2 required).* Just sign in with your Apple ID on your qualifying device and turn on Find My iPhone to enable your device to be located. Then use the same account to enable Find My iPhone on your other iOS 4.2 devices including iPhone 3G, 3GS, or iPod touch (2nd generation or later). For more information on setting up "Find My i-Phone" - click here

Both programs are great tools to help the Police recover your device in the event of theft.

We strongly recommend that you add a security code to your phone / I-pad to prevent someone from removing the application.

Thank you,

Ricardo Morales CCPP
Columbia University
Department Of Public Safety
Manager of Crime Prevention Programs
Phone: 212-854-8513   
Fax: 212-932-0798