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Ultra Security for Your BlackBerry PlayBook

One of the big selling points for the BlackBerry PlayBook is its ability to display Flash scripts, the fancy animations and interactive elements that seem to bring a web page to life. (As of the writing of this book, the browser on Apple’s iPad doesn’t work with Flash.) The PlayBook also allows the more commonly compatible Javascript.

Although problems with Flash and Javascript have been relatively rare, there is the possibility that evildoers can hijack some of that code to identify users and perhaps compromise the data on a computer. If you do have concerns, you can turn off either or both technologies.

To turn off Flash or Javascript:

  1. Load the browser.

  2. From the home page, tap the browser and connect to the Internet.

    You’ll need an active WiFi or cellular connection.

  3. Swipe down from the top bezel to display the status panel.

    The browser is different from the general display of the home page.

  4. Tap the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the browser status panel.

  5. Tap the Content panel on the left side of the screen.

    You might want to set Load Images to Off if you have a very slow connection, or if you’re roaming and paying exorbitant fees for web access. You’ll be able to see text, but images are blank and marked only with a filename.

  6. Move the Enable Flash slider to On or Off.

  7. Move the Enable Javascript slider to On or Off.

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