Mobile devices were once malware immune, but as their ability to behave more like a computer increases, so does the inevitability that blackhats will find new and creative ways to infect these devices and siphon information one app at a time.
According to Gartner, mobile phones will become the most commonly used devices for web access by next year, overtaking the PC. Read how enterprise IT is expected to respond in years that come.
IT must learn how to manage the new freedoms handed to their workers since the advent of the smartphone. Can they do so without stepping on any toes?
A recent survey by Global Information uncovered the extent to which BYOD will spread by the end of the year. The survey found that 65 percent of enterprises plan to incorporate some form of BYOD, while only 11 percent have no plans for implementation.
When new smartphones and tablets hit the market, we are curious to learn what new features they bring to the table. In general, what makes an iPhone different from an Android phone or tablet is what makes each great in its own way. Adjustments to size, speed, and user interface can work in different users' favor depending on their lifestyle habits or more recently, their profession.
As more small and medium businesses (SMBs) permit employees to bring their own Android smartphones and tablets to work, the need for adequate mobile device management (MDM) increases. Hence at Android Solutions for Business, an event recently held at the Toronto Board of Trade, one of the hottest topics on the table was Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs.
Technology has made March Madness madder than ever, giving the term a whole new meaning around the office. Especially with games tipping off between the hours of 9 and 5. According to a recent survey of 500 IT professionals (conducted by Braun Research), the NCAA college basketball tournament has been identified by 42% as a corporate network inhibitor. 37% reported slower speeds and 34% say the hoops tourny shut down their network for an extended period of time. It's easy to imagine how this is happening with employees streaming games from their work computers. The chances of your employees engaging in the same type of activity is relatively high. Bracketology, after all, can leave pride, money, and other unspeakables on the table.
The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend has picked up a lot of steam in recent months and doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon. Technological advances, a growing number of mobile workers, and gadget affordability have all played a role in the takeoff process. In some ways this trend presents cause for concern; an increasing number of employees are sitting in their company's drivers seat and calling the shots in ways they shouldn't be. The device-types supported in a given corporate environment are no longer stemming from the will of the IT director. In many cases the line is being drawn by the employees who are bringing their personal-owned devices to the office.
So, which tablet did you receive over the holiday season? Was it the Kindle Fire, the Motorola Xoom, or the iPad?
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