BlackBerry Balance Maintains Strong Wall Between Work, Personal Data
REVIEW: BlackBerry Balance makes it easy for corporate IT departments to set up a Chinese wall between work data and personal data on the same mobile device.Balance is BlackBerry's secure mobile container application that's both easy to implement and highly secure, while also allowing users to have access to a full range of smartphone features for personal use. In effect, BlackBerry Balance gives your smartphone a dual personality that's easy to use but keeps work data and personal data totally separate. What's remarkable is that the Balance process is so transparent that you only realize it's there when you try to do something that violates security rules. I tried out BlackBerry Balance on a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone running the current version of BlackBerry OS 10.2, which is required. BlackBerry Balance also works on older devices running BlackBerry OS 7, such as the BlackBerry Bold 9900. Balance requires BlackBerry Enterprise Services 10. I used Balance to create a secure work environment that included Microsoft Exchange. Balance creates a secure container on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone that's provisioned by the IT department. The provisioning can include standard BlackBerry apps, white listed apps and apps that can use both the secure and unlocked sides of the device.
But most apps, including pretty much anything you can download from the Amazon App Store and through 1MobileMarket, will run only on the unlocked personal side of the device. Those apps can be downloaded and used, but they will never even be able to detect that the secure work side of the device exists.