A Quick Look at Mobile Security Development this Year

Computer SecuritySince companies and even schools have allowed employees and students to bring their own devices to access online information in their institutions, people have become a bit more concerned about how secure their device operating systems are. After all, an unsecured system can pose a personal threat to, let’s say, someone who has all his medical information on his mobile device. To date, Apple’s iPad and iPhone are the favorites among companies with very strict policies when it comes to BYOD. This is because Apple has the most user-friendly interface, allowing mobile owners to more easily manage the content they’re willing to broadcast, share on iCloud, or keep privately in their phones.

Last year, Apple already made gigantic changes in its iOS7, with very little to add to its upgraded iOS8 this year. However, among the additions was the limitation of what can be transported to the iCloud, Apple’s online information vault. iOS8 no longer allows medical information to be imported to the iCloud, which means that if it is wiped out from the phone, it is gone forever. If company policies have disallowed iTunes, it cannot be imported there either. This is a huge disadvantage to some users, and despite the obvious security reasons behind the change, some users are a bit iffy about the shorted leash.

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Windows 8 phones, on the other hand, are a bit slow when it comes to mobile management developments. While their rivals are looking into ways to develop internetwork sharing management, Windows phones are only enjoying the ability to control Wi-Fi support.

Google, who is notorious for abandoning Internet security altogether, has not promised an Android-L update which should brandish some killer Knox features once it comes out. Samsung, the primary producer of Android phones, are expected to benefit first from this change.

Blackberry, which used to be the IT favorite thanks to its security features, has failed to turn heads with the Blackberry 10. They’re producing a BES 12 OS, though, hoping that it would gain more favor from the market.

This year, Apple seems to have topped all the other mobile operating systems when it comes to mobile security. While the new iOS8 might be a bit more stringent for users, the tighter limitations are a plus point for IT staff that won’t have to manipulate their networks, if all the devices they need to manage have this OS.

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