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Version: 10.3.1

About smart cards

You can use a smart card and the password for your BlackBerry device or work space to unlock your device. You can use smart card certificates to send S/MIME-protected messages.

Smart cards store certificates and private keys. You can import certificates from a smart card to your device by using an external smart card reader or a microSD smart card. Private key operations such as signing and decryption use the smart card. Public key operations such as verification and encryption use the public certificates on your device.

Use two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication lets you use a smart card and the password for your BlackBerry device or work space to unlock your device.

The Smart Password Entry feature is designed to make it easier for you to enter your passwords on your device. Your device can remember the format of the password you type in a password field and display the appropriate numeric or alphanumeric keyboard on the screen. Also, if the password for your device or work space and the password for your smart card are the same, your device can enter the password for your smart card when you type the password for your device or work space.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap image Settings > Security and Privacy > Device Password > Authenticator Settings.
  3. To set your device to use a smart card to unlock your device or your work space, in the Smart Card User Authenticator drop-down list, tap Device or Work.
  4. Do any of the following:
    • To set up your device so that it is easier to enter the password for your smart card and the password for your device or work space, turn on the Smart Password Entry switch.
    • To set your device to lock when you remove your smart card from your device or an external smart card reader, turn on the Lock on Card Removal switch.

Import a certificate from a smart card

Before you begin: You can import a certificate from a microSD smart card inserted in your BlackBerry device, or in an external smart card reader that is connected to your device using a USB cable, or that is paired with your device using Bluetooth technology.
  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap image Settings > Security and Privacy > Smart Card > Import Certificates.
  3. Complete the instructions on the screen.

Store your smart card password on your device

You can set your BlackBerry device to temporarily store your smart card password, so that you don't have to enter it as often. To clear the cache, lock your device.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap image Settings > Security and Privacy > Smart Card.
  3. Turn on the PIN Caching switch.

Turn off LED notifications for a smart card

The red LED flashes when your BlackBerry device accesses data on a smart card. You can turn off this indicator.
  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap image Settings > Security and Privacy > Smart Card.
  3. Turn off the LED Activity Indicator switch.