This week the mobile enterprise investigates what mobile workers do on their devices, while Google got dibs on a new app.
Mobile Workers Put Security at Risk
Even though more companies are letting more of their workforce work remotely, a new report may discourage some from embracing it. A recent MessageLabs Intelligence report from Symantec found that workers tend to visit prohibited websites with greater frequency when working from mobile devices.
Mobile workers were found to be five times more likely than office employees to trigger website blocks or attempt to download unauthorized programs. Though companies have restrictions about what sites employees can visit, rules about accessing online shopping and dating sites are most often broke by mobile workers, while more office-based workers attempt to access adult content on the company network.
Because mobile workers can cross many networks, they tend to carry an increased threat of bringing compromised systems into a workplace. The study found that mobile workers pose a greater threat than those who are based at home. Hopefully, companies can implement stricter guidelines for mobile workers and help to set up stronger networks for home offices to ensure greater security.
WiFi Now Arriving on NYC Subways
First, wireless came to Times Square and now AT&T and T-Mobile USA have signed a 10-year agreement with Transit Wireless, a New York-based wireless company charged with building a wireless network in subway stations across New York City.
At least six subway stations will be wired by late 2011, and wireless access will be limited to the stations and their platforms -- not moving trains. It will likely take up to five additional years to wire the rest of the subway system.
Google Buys BlindType, Plays Keep A-Way from Apple
In an effort to keep iPhone from acquiring the application, Google purchased BlindType, whose software helps to make typing easier on mobile devices. By letting users type anywhere on the device's touchscreen and recognizing users' gestures, translating them into text, BlindType makes using keyboards unnecessary.
Though the app has yet to be released, its acquisition by Google will undoubtedly help lure news users to Android and away from Apple. However, BlindType is just one of several new input technologies that have been designed to take advantage of the keyboard issue.