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Tech Orchard welcomes new enterprise mobility engineer

Given the frequency with which we’re hearing about ransomware attacks, data breaches and general mobility challenges, it’s no surprise that a growing number of companies are interested in implementing comprehensive mobile strategies. At the core of these plans are enterprise mobility management (EMM) and mobile threat prevention (MTP) solutions, and the support needed to ensure mobility goals are met. To help our growing client list better deploy and manage such solutions, Tech Orchard is proud to announce the addition of Michael Troelstrup to our team. Read More

7 simple ways to secure your smartphone

As we move more of our work and personal lives digital and carry all of it in our pockets, the struggle to secure your smartphone can often feel daunting and confusing. If you follow a few simple steps, you can protect yourself from the vast majority of threats that exist—both physical and digital. Read More

VMware launches AirWatch Express to simplify MDM

For companies with limited IT infrastructure, resources and support, the task of managing mobile devices can be perceived as costly and overly complex. Thanks to continued innovation and leadership in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, VMware has introduced a solution to eliminate these barriers to entry. AirWatch Express is a simple and affordable mobile device management (MDM) solution designed to get mobile devices up and running quickly by minimizing the technical steps typically needed for set-up and management. Read More

Security tips that make “cents”: Part I, iOS

As you see and hear from various media sources, network, internet and mobile security are hot topics in the news today. Organizations are being “hacked,” private information is being compromised due to sophisticated scamming activities and malware is showing up on mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) more frequently. What you don’t hear about are the thousands of mobile devices that are lost and stolen around the world (5,000-9,000 per day!). If it hasn’t happened already, you or someone you know WILL experience this at some point in time. And when it does, not only will you be out the cost of a phone, you could be at risk for losing something much more valuable: your data or even your identity!

By following some very basic, common-sense security tips for your iPhone or iPad, you will be safer should you lose track of your i-device. Ultimately, you’ll be able to save yourself the time, energy and money it takes to recover from the fallout of a lost device.

  1. A 4-digit passcode isn’t enough. Add to that the below basic security best practices to protect your privacy and data.
    – Do not use simple passwords (1,2,3,4). Use non-sequential numbers.
    – Use the shortest auto-lock period you can stand. We recommend one minute.
    – Set your phone to be erased after 10 incorrect passcode entries.
    – Apply iOS updates as soon as they come out. They usually always contain key security upgrades that make your phone safer. Exception:If your employer is managing your phone security, check with your IT team first before updating to the newest iOS version.

  2. Don’t jailbreak your phone.
    – Jailbreaking changes iOS and negates the built-in security features and barriers or “sandboxing” between apps.
    – Non-Apple approved third-party app sites can be unsafe and include malware.

  3. Use Find My iPhone.
    – Turn on the Find My iPhone setting under iCloud in Settings and download the Find My iPhone app.
    – With the app, you can find out the location of any i-device you own under the same Apple ID, and wipe it back to factory settings remotely in the app to make sure the bad guys don’t have access to your private documents such as photos, videos, contacts, stored passwords, etc.

  4. Use good password practices.
    – Use unique passwords for different accounts or websites and/or iPhone accounts. The longer the password, the better. Using a mix of capital and lower case letters along with numbers and other characters makes it harder for the bad guys to “guess” your password with tools they can easily obtain.

  5. Be careful with lock-screen notifications.
    – If you have lock-screen notifications enabled, beware of sensitive information that may show up pertaining to emails, texts and apps even while your screen is locked.

If you have questions about any of these strategies, or are interested in having TechOrchard create a mobile strategy to help protect your organization and its devices, contact us at support@techorchard.com or 913-685-1475. And, stay tuned for part II of “Security tips that make cents,” in which we’ll cover tips for Android phones!

Apple releases iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad with bug fixes, new features

By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines

Apple has released iOS 7.1, the latest iterative version of its mobile software for its smartphones and tablets.

The software was made available for download on Monday, a week shy of six months after a radically redesigned iOS 7 was released.

The latest software version is compatible with iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, and iPod touch (5th generation) devices.

Users of iOS 7 and older versions can upgrade compatible devices over-the-air by navigating to “Software Update” in the “General” section of the device’s settings.

iOS 7.1 includes 41 bug fixes that have plagued some early adopters, along with user interface design tweaks, such as visual changes to the phone dialer and power-off features… (read more)

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