SpireTech Blog - Tag: Mobile
Mobile and tablet computing topics.
used with permission from Tektonika (HP)
Mobile devices are now a staple of the workplace, as ubiquitous as open floor plans and videoconferencing. Enabling employees to work from their mobile devices can even boost satisfaction, productivity, creativity, loyalty, and engagement—that’s quite a list of benefits.
However, embracing these upsides also requires paying attention to the downside: mobile threats. Given the sheer volume and value of sensitive data on employee devices, mobile security needs to be an IT priority. Every time an employee accesses corporate data from a smartphone, they put the entire network at risk—unless proper security measures are in place.
To unlock the full potential of workplace mobility, IT pros need to understand the biggest mobile threats. Here’s an overview of the top five hazards you should look out for in 2018—and beyond.
1. Data leakage
As defined by PCMag, data leakage is “the unauthorized transfer of classified information from a computer or data center to the outside world.” Read more...
used with permission from SBA.gov, by Anita Campbell
- Devices — including business data saved on them such as call records, contacts, images, videos, documents and email messages — can be lost or stolen.
- If you use mobile apps or cloud software accounts with saved logins, anyone could conceivably access your business data through those apps or accounts via a stolen or lost mobile device.
- Devices used over insecure connections such as public Wi-Fi, can expose data to hackers and eavesdroppers who steal login credentials, banking and credit card information, emails, and more.
- Mobile devices may serve as a backdoor for malware to enter your business network.
Obviously, it’s important to protect your mobile devices and your company’s data.
Here are some essential mobile device and data security tips you can use to protect your small business.
1. Use a Secure Lock Screen
If someone gets ahold of your device, the last thing you want is for them to just turn it on to access everything. Read more...
used with permission from Microsoft Safety & Security Center
Does your phone know where you are? If you’ve used your phone to find directions or locate a nearby restaurant, you’ve used its global positioning system (GPS) and it’s likely that it would be able to pinpoint your location within a close range.
Location services can be convenient for automatically adding location information (geotags) to photos. Some people also use location services to post their locations to social networking sites, such as Facebook. Be aware, however, that others can use your location information, too.
The risks of using location services
The apps and search engine you use may sell your location data to advertisers who might then deliver ads on your mobile phone related to where you are.
Services, such as Foursquare, that track your location can be used for criminal purposes—for spying, stalking, or theft. If your location-sharing messages are tied to Twitter, there is no limit to who might know where you are and when you’re not at home. Read more...
by Jeff Graber, Media Services Specialist, Network Management Group, Inc.
One of the big things on business owners’ minds when it comes to their website is making it usable on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Here are some ways to make it easier for your viewers to get valuable information from your website while using a mobile device.
Enlarge clickable elements
It is important to keep in mind that nobody’s index finger is as accurate as a mouse pointer. To make it easier for your visitors to use your site, make clickable features like navigation, buttons, and form fields large enough to press.
Though usable on non-mobile devices, dropdown navigation can be the most annoying feature of a website when viewed on a mobile device. This is because there is no way to “hover” over items on a touch screen. Some devices have made it possible to show hover events when an element is pressed and held for a couple seconds, but not everyone has this capability. Read more...
At the end of January it became illegal to unlock your smartphone for use on a different provider network. The expiration of exemption to part of the Digital Media Copyright Act (DMCA) by the Librarian of Congress meant people who purchased a smartphone could not circumvent the software locks on a phone to take the device with them if they decided to change providers. The ire of the internet was stirred and a petition on the White House’s website was initiated. After receiving over 100,000 signatures in less than a month, it elicited a response from the White House stating their agreement on this interpretation of the anti-circumvention clauses in the DMCA. So, hopefully soon we will see this overturned.
UPDATE: The Library of Congress issued a clarifying statement in response to the White House response. They had put in a 3 year exemption in the DMCA for cell phone unlocking, but decided to remove it as it would, effectively, change the legislator’s intent; it is the Library of Congress’s job to execute laws, not necessarily to alter them as they see fit. Read more...
After my first two weeks being the owner of the Google Nexus 7, my impressions are positive. As a worker in the tech industry, I need access to a computer pretty regularly, and access to e-mail is an important part of my job. The appeal of getting a tablet was to have a easily mobile method to get to the web, if need be. Previously, I had been using netbook for mobile computing, and the Nexus tablet has grown on me quickly. The first thing that struck me is that I don’t need a separate bag to carry it around. With laptops, and the netbook, I tend to want a bag to carry the machine, along with a power adaptor. The tablet is small enough that carrying it in hand isn’t tiresome, and the battery life is quite good, so it isn’t necessary to carry the USB charging cable.
The Nexus 7 is smaller than the iPad, closer to the size of a Kindle. Read more...
We thought we’d revisit last month’s article about the new iPad (aka the iPad 3) and give our impressions after nearly 30 days of ownership. Is it worth the $500 (at least) to upgrade? How did the upgrade experience go? What about that battery life and heat?
Coming from an iPad 1, the new iPad is much faster. That speed was my primary motivating factor to part with $500 hard-earned dollars for the basic wifi model. As a fairly heavy iPad user, I had grown weary of type-ahead delays where the keyboard doesn’t respond to keystrokes for several seconds. I wanted web pages to respond faster and typing to be delay free. I wanted youtube videos to load without stopping every 15 seconds. And, I wanted to be able to read my electronic magazine subscriptions and books without having to zoom the text so much. Read more...
Apple has released it’s newest iteration of iPad tablet and remains dominant in the tablet market. The original iPad’s release was a revolution in modern personal computing and the new iPad lives up to it’s origins. The new iPad includes some nice upgrades to the processor, screen technology and resolution, and the camera on the back. These come at the cost of additional width and weight when compared to the iPad 2.
The new feature that we are most excited to see is the new display. Dubbed a Retina Display, it boasts a high definition 2048 x 1536 resolution with 264 PPI; pixels small enough to barely be distinguishable by the eye. That blows most desktop monitors out of the water, let alone rival tablets. Desktop monitors can do 2560×1600, but you’d be hard pressed to find better than 150 PPI. Even the iPad 2 was limited to 1024×768 at 132 PPI. Read more...