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Remove Productivity Barriers with Software

Remove Productivity Barriers with Software

Productivity. Your company needs it. Your employees are measured largely by their ability to effectively turn their effort into a tangible product or service that creates revenue. In short, it means everything to your business. Why then, if it is so necessary, is it so hard to get the people you depend on to realize just how important their productivity is to the success of the business? This month we will talk about what makes a business productive, and what technology will mitigate the major barriers to productivity.

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Tip of the Week: What You’ll Need to Leverage BYOD

Tip of the Week: What You’ll Need to Leverage BYOD

Bring Your Own Device has a lot of benefits for businesses, chief among them being giving your users the opportunity to use their own devices for work rather than those provided to them. More often than not, they will benefit from easy-to-use apps on their preferred devices, allowing them to get more done throughout the workday. When you implement BYOD, though, there are various concepts that you have to consider in order to ensure productivity, flexibility, security, and profitability.

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Tip of the Week: Protecting Your Mobile Device in 2 Easy Steps

Tip of the Week: Protecting Your Mobile Device in 2 Easy Steps

Mobile devices are one of the greatest tools available for business use today. However, because society has come to rely so much on mobile devices, these devices have become a treasure trove for cybercriminals to obtain information from. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over some simple ways to protect yourself from such threats.

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Which is More Secure, Your Mobile Network or Wi-Fi?

Which is More Secure, Your Mobile Network or Wi-Fi?

For the modern business, having a strategy to manage your employees smartphone use is essential. This is because most of the people that work for you have smartphones. One study shows that upwards of 90 percent of people under 30 own a smartphone. If you have any design on running a business, or employing millennials (who are the largest generation in the current workforce), you’ll need to know what you are doing to protect your business from the increasing amount of threats that are out there targeting smartphones.

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Android Starts Zero-Touch With Google Pixel, More To Follow?

Android Starts Zero-Touch With Google Pixel, More To Follow?

Google’s Android line of smart devices have made their presence well-known in the business world. Google now offers a zero-touch enterprise solution for its Pixel-line mobile devices. The primary reason for this is that mobile devices are somewhat time-consuming to set up, especially on the business level. You can save time by pre-configuring these devices for your business to use using Pixel’s zero-touch solution.

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Your Mobile Staff Can’t Do Business Without These 3 Features

Your Mobile Staff Can’t Do Business Without These 3 Features

Having mobile devices in the workplace can be tricky. While these devices greatly enhance flexibility, at the same time, mobile devices can leave your network unsecure if the proper precautions aren’t taken. To help you better manage the mobile devices connecting to your network, be sure to take advantage of these three mobile features.


Remote Wiping
One major drawback of mobile devices is how they can all too easily become lost or stolen. Obviously, if this were to happen to a device with sensitive company information stored on it, then you’d have good reason to panic. However, if the misplaced device was equipped with a cloud-based, remote wiping feature, you could then take action and wipe the device of its critical information before it’s too late.

Whitelisting and Blacklisting Applications
There are many malicious mobile apps out there that can deal great harm to your business. The risk can range from an app siphoning sensitive information to hackers, to having a device become compromised and enlisted in a mobile botnet. Security problems like these can be easily prevented if these apps are blocked from installing on the mobile device in the first place. This is achieved with a mobile device management solution that’s equipped to allow a network administrator the ability to whitelist and blacklist applications. As a bonus, this feature allows apps to be blocked on company devices that hinder productivity.

Actually, when it comes to mobile devices accessing corporate information, it’s a best practice to not allow users to download apps without first clearing the app with IT. When it comes to malicious apps, they’re designed to look like the real deal and have been known to fool even experienced users. Subsequently, when an IT professional oversees the installation of mobile apps, they’re able to adequately test the app for any security risks and then clear it for passage.

Cloud Syncing
For any business utilizing mobile devices, cloud syncing is the glue that holds every mobile strategy together. Without this feature, different versions of the same file would exist across multiple devices and manually syncing these files would be more work than what it’s worth. With cloud syncing, every edit to every version of every file is automatically saved and synced in the cloud. This allows your staff to collaborate in real-time using all of their various devices. Therefore, if you’re thinking about adopting mobile technology for your business, you’ll want to select cloud offerings that provide your business with the flexibility you need to succeed.

Implementing a mobile strategy that includes these three features is a great way to get started with mobile devices in your workplace. Of course, there are more factors to consider, like how mobile devices affect overall network security, and what it looks like for employees to use their personal devices for work purposes. To get started with a mobile device management solution that will best serve your needs, give us a call today at (703) 821-8200.

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Getting Started With BYOD? Be Sure to Cover These 3 Concerns

Getting Started With BYOD? Be Sure to Cover These 3 Concerns

Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, continues to grow into one of the most accepted practices within an organization. Yet, one major problem has always plagued BYOD in the form of security. Thankfully, with the help of mobile device management, businesses are able to minimize this risk while leveraging the benefits that BYOD offers.

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59% of Businesses Allow Personal Devices in the Workplace: Does Yours?

b2ap3_thumbnail_internet_of_things_byod_400.jpgMobile devices are important components of any modern workplace environment, and this trend is only growing more popular with time. Workers love the opportunity to use their own devices, like laptops or smartphones, and doing so is a trend known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). While this is a huge benefit for businesses that have trouble procuring equipment, it also presents several risks, many of which are associated with the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Tip of the Week: What to Do When Passwords aren’t Strong Enough to Secure Your Data

b2ap3_thumbnail_double_authentication_400.jpgMore often than not, it’s always recommended that you use a solid password to optimize your online accounts. However, just because passwords are critical, doesn’t mean that you should put all your eggs in one basket. Passwords should only be the start of a comprehensive online account security setup.

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Are Mobile Devices in the Workplace Worth the Risks?

b2ap3_thumbnail_your_bring_your_own_device_400.jpgWith so many great mobile devices at your team’s disposal, it’d be a shame to not allow them to use their devices in the workplace. This trend, known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), has been taking the workplace by storm, and offers a great way to enhance productivity both in and out of the office. BYOD, while a great asset, should only be approached with caution, as the slightest oversight could expose sensitive information to the world.

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3 Mobile Trends Your Business Could Benefit From

b2ap3_thumbnail_do_you_have_a_mobile_strategy_400.jpgIf your organization hasn’t already realized that mobile devices have changed the landscape of the business environment, take a look at each and every one of your workers. How many of them utilize a smartphone or mobile device for work purposes? How do businesses handle an influx of network activity from mobile devices? How do these devices access this information? These are all questions you should be prepared to ask when considering mobile devices in the workplace.

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The Best Way to Start Working with BYOD

b2ap3_thumbnail_bring_your_device_400.jpgBring Your Own Device, better known as BYOD, is the act of workers using their own personal devices for work-related tasks and purposes. While many companies see BYOD as a valuable asset that can net them plenty of overtime hours, others see it as a security risk. They’re not wrong; a lax BYOD policy can be problematic if left unchecked. Therefore, knowing how to approach BYOD is the key to unlocking its true potential.

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Don’t Be Fooled By These 3 Mobile Myths

b2ap3_thumbnail_mobile_myths_about_productivity_400.jpgMobility is an important part of the modern workplace. The industry juggernauts, Apple and Microsoft, have endorsed mobile devices so much that they may believe the desktop PC is now obsolete. While this might be a good marketing strategy for them, how have mobile devices really transformed the workplace?

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Warning: Ignoring BYOD Could BDYB (Bring Down Your Business)

b2ap3_thumbnail_boom_or_bust_byod_400.jpgDue to the increasingly mobile nature of modern technology, some businesses have implemented a Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD policy. While BYOD has been proven to increase productivity, it could have disastrous consequences if not implemented properly. Therefore, it’s imperative to emphasize the importance of security in the workplace, and to pass best practices on to your team.

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Employers Aren’t the Only Ones Concerned About BYOD

b2ap3_thumbnail_employees_concerned_about_byod_400.jpgSome businesses embrace Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in the workplace, while others aren’t so sure. If you think that employers are the only ones worried about BYOD policies, you might be surprised to learn that employees are just as concerned about it as their employers. Of course, their reasons are entirely different, but are still valid reasons to be on edge.

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Tip of the Week: How to Remotely Wipe Data From Your Android Device

b2ap3_thumbnail_data_wipe_from_android_400.jpgJust for one second, try to imagine your life without your personal mobile device. Mobile devices has pervaded our very existence, and they are integral tools for connecting to your business’s network. But even with this colossal amount of data on the device, some people still manage to lose them. What would happen if your smartphone fell into the hands of one of your competitors, or even a hacker?

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Mobile Malware Puts BYOD at Risk

b2ap3_thumbnail_mobile_malware_400.jpgOne of the fastest growing business technology trends is employees using their personal mobile devices for work purposes (aka BYOD). The trend is growing so fast that Juniper Research estimates there will be one billion employee-owned devices used in enterprises by 2018. Is your business prepared for the changes coming from BYOD?

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Trust is Key to BYOD Success

b2ap3_thumbnail_byodchik400.jpgOne of the hottest trends in business technology is having employees bring in their personal devices to the office for work purposes. This trend is commonly referred to as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and before you blindly follow the trend and allow BYOD for your business, you should first weigh the benefits against the risks.

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IT Support Goes Mobile!

b2ap3_thumbnail_2byod400.pngWhen businesses first started outfitting their computer networks with wireless capabilities, you may have only had a couple of laptops in the mix. We are now seeing more devices than ever before with wireless capabilities accessing business networks. This trend is called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and it presents companies with new support challenges.

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