Blackberry Contacts – Wireless Sync “Not Available”

Problem: User has a Blackberry. Is part of the company’s BES. Syncing wirelessly is the company’s default setting when deploying Blackberries. This particular user did not have the option. When I checked her Wireless Sync settings under the Contacts–> Options — >Desktop, it said “Not Available”.

I tried the following steps:

1. From your Blackberry, go to Options>Advanced Options>Enterprise Activation.

2. In the email field, press and hold the ALT key and type CNFG. Once you enter this a hidden menu should appear.

3. Change the “Wireless Sync” option to No and Save, then exit the menu.

4. Wait 30 seconds and repeat step 2.

5. Change the “Wireless Sync” option to Yes and Save, then exit the menu.

After trying the above steps, the option was available. I set the Wireless Sync to “Yes” however after a while the Enterprise Activation kicked in. After activating to 100% I checked the Wireless Sync option again and it was back to “Not Available”.

Solution: Had to check with the BES server folks. The user’s profile on the BES server did not have the Wireless Sync option enabled (guess they missed that option for her). Thus, every time I forced it, using the steps above, it was reset to “Not Available” after the Enterprise Activation sent down her Address Book Options from the server. After they enabled the option on the server, I waited about 10 minutes, and then noticed the Enterprise Activation process started again. After it completed, the Wireless Sync option was set to “Yes”

Rogue Facebook apps can now access your home address and mobile phone number | Naked Security

Time to revisit your facebook privacy settings again:

Facebook has announced that developers of Facebook apps can now gather the personal contact information from their users.

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Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans – Tech Talk – CBS News

President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.

If it weren’t for the Wikileaks debacle (nice security there guys!), the fact that government programs can’t be financed properly (Social Security, Medicare, the Postal Service!), I’d say ok, let’s give it a try. But not with this government. Me no trusty.

But they say:

Schmidt stressed today that anonymity and pseudonymity will remain possible on the Internet. “I don’t have to get a credential if I don’t want to,” he said. There’s no chance that “a centralized database will emerge,” and “we need the private sector to lead the implementation of this,” he said.

Yeah right. But ultimately, we won’t have much of a choice if you want to do business online.

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