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Article: HTC One M8 performs factory reset after 10 unsuccessful tries to u
I don't know about new BlackBerry devices, but the wipe after 10 incorrect passwords was a staple of every older BB. We thought it was useful, too - If you bought a BB on Ebay, and it came with a password that nobody knew, all you had to do was to type in something - anything - 10 times in a row and the device would wipe itself and completely reset.
It's nice to see that HTC is finally catching up to BB. This makes BlackBerry about ten years ahead of its competitors in important features such as this.