Track down a lost BlackBerry 10 device with BlackBerry Protect

Take a few seconds to set up BlackBerry Protect -- it's worth it.

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One of the first things you should do on your brand-new BlackBerry 10 device after going through the initial setup process is to enable BlackBerry Protect. The free service offered by BlackBerry will allow you to locate a lost or stolen BlackBerry 10 device.

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  • To enable the free service, go to Settings and tap on BlackBerry Protect.

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  • The service will be turned off by default, but only requires you to slide the switch to the right to enable it. You'll need to be signed into your BlackBerry ID on the device. If you need a BlackBerry ID, you can sign up for one here.

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  • Now that BlackBerry Protect is enabled, should you ever misplace or have your device stolen, you can visit protect.blackberry.com from your browser to locate the device.

In addition to being able to get the current GPS location of the device, you're able to play a sound to help you locate it (it's one of the most annoying sounds I've heard from any phone), display a custom message, lock it with a new password, and wipe the device remotely.

BlackBerry Protect takes a few seconds to enable, but will likely save you plenty of time, headaches, and money should your device ever go missing.

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