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iOS vs Android in the Battle of Bring Your Own Device to Work Security

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies are on the upswing, with many organizations embracing them for the perceived cost savings and productivity gains. Allowing employees to bring and use their own devices for work purposes generally means that they are more comfortable and efficient at using them. It also saves businesses from purchasing and replacing devices as technology progresses.

BYOD policies aren’t exactly a win-win situation for enterprises, as these benefits come with a range of security complications. One of the biggest questions is which operating system is better, Android or iOS?

iOS or Android?

Despite Android dominating the rest of the market, in a 2015 survey (the latest reliable data) iOS dominated the enterprise scene with 66% of devices. Although there aren’t any more recent figures that can be trusted, Android’s security issues over the last few years may have acted as a deterrent for uptake in the business environment.

Android is open source in nature, while iOS is closed source. While there are benefits to each of these approaches, Android’s nature has seen it develop more significant security issues than its rival OS.

Another key issue that Android faces is its fragmentation across the market. Six months out from its release, Android’s latest version, Nougat, has seen little more than a 1% adoption rate. About 31% of users are still using the previous version, Marshmallow, while about the same number again are using the version before that, Lollipop. iOS 10 was released at a similar time, however it is already used on 76% of devices.

This is largely due to Android being used across devices from a wide range of manufacturers, including many budget models. Each manufacturer can add their own software to their Android devices, which results in security complications that Apple doesn’t have to deal with. Apple only has to worry about its own devices, which makes it much easier to deploy the latest versions of their operating system.

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SecureChat: HIPAA-Compliant Chat and Texting at LuxSci

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

LuxSci is pleased to announce the availability of SecureChat, a secure, HIPAA-compliant chat and texting service that works through any modern web browser and though native Apps for iOS and Android devices.

SecureChat enables real-time texting and communications of files in a way that is secure and compliant, unlike regular text messaging and use of apps like Skype.

“Delays in communication no longer represent a delay in care. Our facility did a pilot study and it showed that the average response time from doctors using secure chat is 1-2 minutes, compared to 28 minutes when they used pagers and phones. I oversee a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals. With so many people involved, having fast, secure text messaging is critical to how we relay doctor’s orders and changes in patient status, and get nursing updates and therapy reports.”

— Aaron Salyapongse, MD; Director of Hip and Knee Surgery at Valley Care Hospital

Notably, SecureChat includes:

  1. Messages and files always encrypted — in transit and at rest
  2. Archives of all messages and files sent
    • Administrative access to archived messages for compliance
  3. Compatibility with iOS, Android, and any modern web browser
  4. Read receipts on messages sent
  5. Users can connect using multiple devices, simultaneously
  6. File attachments up to 100MB in size
  7. Real-time, synchronized messaging and conversations
  8. Distribution lists
  9. Unlimited conversations, messages, and archival storage

SecureChat is integrated with LuxSci and provides a fast, clean, and simple interface to communicating on-the-go (and in your seat) with other SecureChat users.

SecureChat licenses are $6/user/month (with discounts for 100+ licenses).  New customers can add SecureChat to their orders using our Order Wizard; existing customers can add SecureChat to their existing accounts using the “Account – Upgrade” tool.

One SecureChat license is needed per individual using the SecureChat system; however, your licenses do not have  correspond to the users in your LuxSci email hosting account.  They could include a subset of these people, as well as licenses for arbitrary external users that you also wish to include.

Please contact Sales if you have questions about SecureChat, or if you would like to try it out for Free.

Exchange ActiveSync (MobileSync) vs Good Old IMAP + SMTP

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Many years ago, it used to be that if you had a cell phone that had an email program included, you could configure using IMAP and SMTP to allow you to check email and send email…. just like how a desktop email program worked.

This is still the case, of course.  However, as far back as 1996, Microsoft introduced the first version of “ActiveSync”, a protocol designed to allow mobile devices supporting it to synchronize email, calendars, tasks, and contacts with Microsoft’s Exchange server.  ActiveSync has evolved over time, getting faster, offering support for use in every modern mobile device.  While ActiveSync was designed to work with the Exchange server, these days it also works with other non-Exchange services that can talk the “ActiveSync language,” e.g. LuxSci through its Mobile Sync service.

In general, ActiveSync is much better than using IMAP and SMTP, though there are a few small corner cases where IMAP may be better for you.  Below, we shall compare them from an end-user perspective … trying to shed some light on “which is better” from a practical point of view.

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How to encrypt the data stored on your iPhone or iPad with disk encryption

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Mobile devices are with us all the time … if you are a parent, you phone is probably at your side more than your kids.  With all the secrets of your life residing on your phone, protecting those against access should your phone be lost or stolen is important.  If you use your phone for work, then this may be critical. E.g. if you are a doctor or nurse and use your phone for access to email or other data that may contain patient-related information, then HIPAA essentially requires that easily-lost mobile devices like this are locked down and encrypted.

This article explains how to protect yourself if you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

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Mac Viruses – The New Reality

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Viruses have been the bane of Windows users since before the World Wide Web became popular. If you owned a Mac though, you were generally immune to them. They didn’t targets Macs and still rarely do. But is that changing now that Apple and its products like the iPhone and iPad have become increasingly popular?

Most security experts agree that Apple products are still more secure than Windows, not because of any inherit security differences, but because Apple products are still used by a minority of computer users. While more people are buying Apple computers (which includes iPhones and iPads) it is still a drop in the bucket compared to the number of Windows computers out there. Virus and malware writers still go for the most bang for their buck, so they target Windows — at least up until now.

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