Worrying Stats on Low Mobile App Security

A recent article in Computer Weekly caught my eye.

You are increasingly accessing apps and the internet on the move on your mobile devices. You do so in the belief that your information is safe. After all, with all the logins and passwords you need these days, your data is as safe as houses, isn’t it?

Not according to the article.

According to research by Gartner, it is predicted that by 2017, 75% of mobile security breaches will be as the result of mobile app misconfiguration and misuse. Not only that, but the research showed that only 50% of the UK public feel safe using a smartphone, compared with 69% who feel safe using desktop computers.

If that wasn’t worrying enough, Wandera (a mobile secure data provider) waded in saying that 7 in 10 devices in its network are transmitting sensitive data that is not encrypted and 1 in 5 are running apps that are vulnerable to local access attack.

Vulnerable apps

The article goes on to highlight 4 apps that have severe vulnerabilities:

  • Pizza Express – transmits personal details including username, password, date of birth and children’s ages and genders
  • The Economist – transmits email and hashed password information in the clear
  • CNBC PRO – leaks credentials, allowing access to full names, addresses, telephone numbers and other sensitive information
  • Hilton – (recently patched) was open providing access to sensitive personal information

According to Eldar Tuvey, Chief Executive of Wandera:

“Fragmented, piecemeal security simply will not do any more. Existing security solutions do not go far enough or deep enough to protect your organisation.Mobile attacks are growing on all platforms, but it is clear that many businesses are still underestimating the severity and risk that tablets and smartphones can present.”

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.

7 Essential Business Apps

There’s an app for just about everything these days.

Many leave you wondering why? But there are several out there that can make a real difference to your business.

I was interested to read an article in IQ Magazine, which highlighted 7 essential business apps.

Google Drive

You probably use numerous devices these days. Although it gives you greater flexibility, it can be a pain making sure you can get your hands on the data you need. This handy app lets you synchronise all your devices, removing the worry of ever losing data again.

Haiku Deck

When delivering presentations, you to make as big an impact as possible. Haiku Deck helps you create high impact slides with a great selection of high quality photos, but you can also upload your own.

Harvest

This app is aimed at small businesses and allows a very effective method of time tracking and service invoicing.

Kashflow

This app lets you automate often elaborate tasks, such as repeat invoicing, repeat billing and overdue payment reminder dissemination.

Bamboohr

BambooHR is a human resources app for any business that has outgrown the use of spreadsheets to manage their employee information. Employees can request time off, training courses can be tracked, managers can post jobs and general work life can be made a lot simper.

Storydesk

Storydesk is similar to Haiku Deck, but on steroids. It is more about delivering interactive pitches to your clients. A powerful alternative to PowerPoint.

Gotomeeting

This offers video conferencing on the go with options to share files, pictures, websites and whiteboard notes. It’s free for the first month with a monthly subscription thereafter. But only the host has to pay.

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iPad for Business – Top 10 Apps

We are becoming a nation of techy-lovers with our iPhones, iPads and other smartphones and tablets. But are you getting the most out of them?

Yes, they look gorgeous and make you want to just sit, stare and stroke them lovingly, but they do have a practical purpose – to make you more productive.

There are hundreds of apps out there that are supposed to make our lives easier, but here at IT Support Blog, we were interested to read about techradars top 10 iPad apps. Each one is designed to make your business life easier and more productive, so let’s take a look at them.

1. Todo

This is a work planner to help you keep on top of all  your projects and plans. It also allows you to synch your work planner across other Apple devices using iCloud. Plus, it can also be synched to other devices using Todo Online, Dropbox, iCal and Outlook.

2. Hootsuite

The perfect way to keep on top of all your social networks. From one location you can see who’s saying what on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and other social platforms. It allows you to make posts to multiple networks, add photos, check out its built-in analytics etc.

3. Adobe Photoshop Touch

This clever app gives you the power of Photoshop in your ipad allowing you to combine images, apply professional effects and transform images.

4. Numbers

This spreadsheet app is specially designed for mobile devices. It allows you to create compelling spreadsheets in minutes, including charts, photos, graphics and tables.

5. ZigZag Board

This is a collaborative whiteboard, perfect for brainstorming, block diagrams, timelines, process maps, which you can work on alone or in real-time with others.

6. Popplet

A mind-mapping tool, Popplet enables you to present your ideas visually and collaborate with others in real-time.

7. Word Lens

An on-the-fly translation service, all you have to do is point your iPad’s camera at anything  that needs translating (e.g. a menu, road sign etc.) and your iPad will translate it into English.

You can also type directly into Word Lens to get an instant translation. What’s even better, no internet connection is needed as all the translation is done on the iPad.

8. PDF Reader Pro

Not only will this app allow you to view large PDFs on your iPad, it will also convert a variety of file formats directly into PDFs and will let you fill and sign PDF forms.

Other functions are annotating PDFs with sticky notes, synch any file or folder through iCloud and share files on Dropbox, Sugarsync etc.

9. OmniGraffle

This app is perfect if you want to create a quick diagram, process chart, page layout, website wireframe, or graphic design. It turns your iPad screen into a canvas, graph paper, whiteboard or beer mat.

You can also export your creations via PDF export or open them in OmniGraffle for Mac.

10. Penultimate

This is probably the closest you’ll get to having a pen and paper on the iPad. It allows you to take notes, keep sketches anywhere.

It can manage as many notebooks as you can create with an infinite number of pages.

Some great apps to take a look at.

Did your favourite make the list? If not, tell us about it by leaving a comment below.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.