Securing your data in an increasingly mobile world

Luckily I haven’t lost my iPhone or iPad yet, but rather than wait for the inevitable I recently decided to do something about this big security hole. In addition to using these devices for personal purposes, I also use them for business reasons which means it could be a real problem if someone else were to get unauthorized access. Thanks to Apple’s Mobile Me product, protecting yourself from this potential disaster is free and painless to set up. By following these simple instructions (iPhone and iPad) I was up and running in less than 5 minutes.

Once you get the system going, you’ll be safe if you ever leave the device behind in a coffee shop, airport or anywhere else you hang out. You can look at a map to see exactly where it’s located. You can send the phone an alert message to try and recover it. And if you’re worried about sensitive data, you can remote wipe and/or lock the device. If you have an iPhone or iPad don’t procrastinate – set this up now!

Of course it’s not only consumers that need mobile device management. Businesses require even greater protections. Historically, enterprises forced specific devices on their employees (see the Palm Treo), but now employees are demanding the freedom to choose their own device. This naturally makes IT and compliance departments very nervous. Thanks to products like Zenprise (full disclosure: this is a Shasta portfolio company), both the employee and the IT departments can now be content. With its mobile device management platform, employees get to choose their preferred device, and the IT department sleeps easy at night knowing the company’s data is secure.

In our increasingly mobile world, this is something that every consumer and business should be thinking about.

Securing your data in an increasingly mobile world

3G iPhone…t minus 3 days

For those of you all that read this blog regularly (yes, I realize that that is probably no one, but I can dream!), you know that I’ve been waiting for the release of the 3G iPhone for quite some time.

Well, it’s nearly here and Walt Mossberg has come out with his official review. Nothing surprising really. He lauds both the 3G data speeds and GPS, but also knocks it for potential battery life issues and the fact that you’ll now pay more over the 2 year contract (since AT&T has raised the price for unlimited data plan to offset the lower upfront price).

Bottom line…nothing in there that will stop me from buying it come Friday!

Here’s his video review if you are interested in hearing firsthand….

3G iPhone…t minus 3 days

Waiting for the 3G iPhone

I got my first taste of 3G mobile browsing over a year ago when I bought the RAZR v3xx and I absolutely loved it. Combining 3G with an unlimited data plan ($20 per month on AT&T) changes your life. Pages load in a snap, and all of a sudden using a WAP browser is actually enjoyable – so enjoyable that I found myself going to WAP sites (e.g., Yahoo! Mail) even when java client versions of the product existed (e.g., Yahoo! Go). The ESPN WAP site is also particularly good if you are constantly checking sports scores like me.

Anyways, my phone died over a month ago and ever since I’ve been falling back on an old RAZR v3 that was collecting dust. In a few words, it’s been brutal. It’s so f’ing slow, which basically makes it unusable. Luckily I also have a corporate Blackberry I can use to connect to the web when on the go, but I don’t bring this phone with me all the time. This means that there are now lots of times that I have no access to the internet, a predicament that wouldn’t be a big deal for some people (e.g., my mom and dad), but is a major problem for a hyper-connected geek like me.

I thought about getting the iPhone right away after my v3xx died, but with all the rumors of a 3G iPhone on the way soon I decided to tough it out until June. Why get a device with such great Internet browsing capabilities (i.e., the large screen and the Safari browser) if you can’t surf on the 3G network, and you’d also find yourself coveting the new iPhone just a few months later?

Thankfully June is approaching quickly. And now there is more news about the impending iPhone reported first on Times Online, and later referenced by Silicon Alley Insider. The speculation this time around is about a “radically different” appearance (e.g., a flip phone version or one with a real QWERTY keyboard). It seems strange to think about an iPhone that doesn’t look like the iconic version we are all used to. Of course if they do come out with something radically different, something tells me that Apple will nail it – just like they did when they came out with each subsequent version of the iPod.

June can’t come soon enough.

Waiting for the 3G iPhone