How to Migrate BYOD Successfully Into a SMB

eThe growing trend for employees to use their own personal devices for work purpose made enterprises more enthusiastic to adopt BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. But turning a small company into a BYOD workplace isn’t as simple as it might seem at first glance. There are a wide range of security and management issues, small business may face while dealing with this. In fact, due to their lack of resources, for small companies’ things might get even more complicated. But now even smaller companies can plan smartly for mobility. Here we discuss how small and medium enterprise can construct smart mobility plans.

Without a doubt, BYOD may cause problems and the main concerns are security and manageability. Here are the top 5 security concerns while deploying BYOD policy:

• Access to the network by an unauthorized user of an unauthorized device
• Unauthorized access to sensitive data that may be stored on the mobile device
• The Malware infects the mobile device and then the network
• Unauthorized access to the users personal information
• Stolen or compromised passwords

SMBs and enterprises differ in the resources available to them to create mobility plans, and it’s the planning that’s key to mobility success. Proper planning and the right deployment methods can help SMBs construct a smart mobility platform. Here are some key principles that a business has to implement to achieve an effective and secure BYOD scenario in the workplace.

1. A clear written policy: Many SMBs lack formal written policies regarding mobile rules of the business. Set up a mutually agreeable device policy among the employee and the employer. When an employee lost the device or leave the company, there is a greater chance of losing company’s delicate data as the devices are connected to the server. In this case, having a written policy is of utmost importance. The policy should include what measures or precautions need to be taken during such instances. (Once the employee leaves, the company data will automatically get eradicated from the device, separate password protection method for personal and corporate data)

2. Set smart strategy: With so many mobile options available today, it is easy to lose control if we select a wrong option. A mobility plan doesn’t need to be overly complex, but should address an SMB’s overall aim and expected benefits. Such an approach can help a company stay focused on the motivation behind its mobility efforts and the goals it hopes to achieve. In terms of planning, view mobility as a strategic priority and not simply as a device deployment policy.

3. Outsource the ownership and management of devices: SMBs likely to issue company owned devices are high risk takers due to inadequate security control. It’s possible that smaller organizations can outsource the ownership and management of devices, contracts and tools. Although there are risks and downstream costs, SMBs are still able to train their smaller workforce on how to do the important things.

4. Managing devices: Although most SMBs can’t afford full-fledged mobile management solutions, there are options to continue with BYOD but exact control over how workers use applications and devices. Cloud-based office solutions are cited as a possible big win for SMBs. Adopting a cloud-based email solution enables IT managers to control how workers’ access email on devices.

5. Mobile Device Management: BYOD seems perfectly tailored to the SMB allowing for cost savings on the devices themselves. However, just because they are smaller does not mean they are not affected by the same security and risks concerns BYOD presents in the enterprise. These means budget still need to be found in order to bring in the proper MDM, MAM or EMM solutions that fits their needs.

BYOD programs can help SMBs in rolling out adequate mobility strategies they do not alleviate all issues around budgeting and security concerns. Communication and employee participation in set policies is where these companies can really shine and make mobility successful and beneficial.

Technology’s Changing Our Lives in These Challenging Times

I really don’t know what hars become of my beloved Garden City! The alluring and lush greenery has been rudely replaced by towering cement blocks or shimmering glass covered buildings. While the gardens and parks have made way for some unplanned apartments blocks that are meant to house the teeming millions who throng to this once pensioner’s paradise for work. That aside, the lakes and ponds have all dried up too, and have been replaced by arid waste land, or any number of the previously mentioned concrete monstrosities. It was all terribly regrettable and so disappointing!

Furthermore, the cool and enlivening climate has died quite an unnatural death too! Gone are the pleasant summers, the timely and rejuvenating monsoon season, or even the cool and invigorating winters. Now, more than ever, the city seems to be moving towards one homogenous season, with some minuscule variations that range from simply being hot, hotter or hottest. To make matters worse, the traffic and infrastructure scene is an absolute nightmare in Bangalore City too. While the pollution, dust and smoke only seeks to exacerbate the problem. I blame planning or the lack thereof for this most terrible situation, and try as we might, I fear this just may be irredeemable, given the present circumstances. If I were you, I’d brace myself, for things are likely to get worse, fast. So much so, I dread stepping out of the house at any time of the day or night.

On a more optimistic note, it’s great that our lifestyles have been blessed by some truly wonderful technology! This technology touches our lives every day and makes a huge difference. In much the same vein, thanks to the absolute wonders of the internet, you don’t have to go through the rigmarole of going to the office every day, when you can simply get your work done at home. Moreover, you can even store your work on one of the latest pen drives at the office, only to come home and continue working! Now, thanks to something as little as a pen drive, I for one don’t need to show up at the office every single work day!

This brings me nicely to the next point I’d like to make – shopping online. Now, thanks to the many e-commerce sites, shopping is a breeze, and doesn’t involve having to go out of the house just to buy something in that terrible heat, dust and pollution. Now, you can simply order anything from stationery and office supplies, to groceries, clothes, fashion accessories, technology, as well as gadgets such as gaming consoles, computers, laptops, phones, tablets and even pen drives online. In fact, that’s exactly how I procured the latest pen drive for myself! Besides, now that my son is bugging me for one of the latest pen drives too, I’m sure as heck going to order one for him from one of these e-retailers as well.

That aside, the internet also allows us to pay our phone bills, our ISP bills and so many other things online, giving us another reason to never leave the comfort of our home ever again. Besides this, most banking things can be done online as well, and I frequently use it to transfer funds from the comfort of my favourite armchair at home. To top it all off, given the fact that we have all the entertainment we need right at our fingertips, we never have to rush off to the cinema to watch the latest movies! Now, isn’t the internet really something?

In conclusion, let’s never shy away from using the force at our disposal to overcome these tough and dark days, and thank the internet for the abundant blessings it bestows!

The Importance of Light Colored or Backlit Computer Keyboard

qNot until eyes have problems do people realise how a dark keyboard is troublesome. While many touch type and can easily ‘feel’ their way through a typing exercise even the most experienced will find a lighter and easier to read keyboard is better. It’s probably not something given a lot of weight in the mind of purchasers until they get it home but the choice of a computer should depend on more than just its performance and memory.

As a long time user of computers and typewriters before their invention my fingers generally fly over the keyboard in seconds when typing alone is involved. But the experience of my last laptop with a backlight and easy to read keys is far more appreciated than a recently acquired one from my daughter. Even the amount of energy required to press the keys is important.

Recently a major store that is closing was having a sale and computers were on their customers minds as they seemed to be rushing out the doors. On inspection only one keyboard was white and they quickly sold out of that particular brand. So why don’t the manufacturers wake up to the fact that people want easier to read and operate machines.

Aging is devastating to the eyes and cataracts make it almost impossible to tolerate glare. This makes dark colours problematic and many will stop using their computer if such a health issue arises and conflicts with using the machine becomes too great.

It’s time, therefore, that people’s needs are met by manufacturers of what has become an important part of the lives of many. Young children will also have these needs, especially if they are vision impaired.

My age and work are important to those who are spiritual and writing on a keyboard is the main way my work can be published. The handicap of a dark keyboard is hindering that process if and when I have to use one.

The Best Light Bulb Moment

wLED light technology has been popping everywhere nowadays. What’s great about this technology is the lifespan which lasts up to 20 years for those that have 5 watts or fewer. Compared to conventional light bulbs which are above 50 watts, LED lights only make use of 10% of the energy that fluorescent and incandescent lights consume.

LED stands for light-emitting diodes which are the main source of light. LED has a longer life and higher energy efficiency, which makes it a little costly to produce as compared to the typical fluorescent and incandescent lamps. But what LED manufacturers and producers always highlight is how the LED produces as much lumen as conventional light bulbs but with lower wattage. Lumens are what manufacturers and producers use to measure the output of brightness. This means that LED bulbs can be as bright as or even be brighter than fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs but because it uses less wattage, it requires less energy.

Lower maintenance is required for LED light since it is enclosed in a plastic lens. Conventional bulbs are usually enclosed in glass or tubes made of glass. And since LED does not make use of mercury or other toxic chemicals, it is safer for the environment, too.

Also, UV rays which are usually found in halogen, fluorescent, and incandescent lights are not found in LED lights which make it a safer option since they will not cause the furnishings and coverings to fade. Because LED lights do not use infrared radiation, they do not create too much heat and are cool to the touch when they are in use.

LED lights can illuminate any size space. There are different types of light bulbs which can be used in different parts of the house. For instance, yellow lights, which are usually dimmer, are better for bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways. There are soft white bulbs too which are perfect for the kitchen, living rooms or dining areas where a much brighter ambiance is preferred. But LED lights are not just used in households. There are traffic lights, flashlights, and even holiday lights which are beginning to make use of LED technology.

LED lights are becoming widely available nowadays and even big electrical and appliance companies are starting to make use of this brilliant technological advancement. One of the biggest corporations, Toshiba has also joined in the ball game. Toshiba LED bulbs are now available in the market and the consumers who have tried their product are very pleased with their purchase.