MessageGuard is now Available on Android Google Play

TextGuard’s MessageGuard, the Leading Solution Used to Monitor and Backup SMS Messages for Enterprises is Now Available on Android Google Play

TextGuard’s Text Message (SMS) monitoring, archiving and mobile compliance solution, MessageGuard, is designed specifically for the enterprise market and can be easily downloaded now through the Android Marketplace, Google Play

New York, NY – June 13th, 2012:  MessageGuard, the leading solution to monitor, capture and backup SMS messages for mobile communication compliance is now available on the Android Marketplace, Google Play, for a quick and easy installation of a fully robust enterprise solution. For just one or thousands of employees, MessageGuard can be installed and configured so companies can monitor and archive their text messages (SMS), Instant Messages (IM’s), as well as call logs to and from mobile devices with just a few clicks.

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The latest solution allows enterprises to log, archive, review, extract, and supervise all messaging communication on company-owned or B.Y.O.D. mobile devices. The MessageGuard solution allows companies to establish internal compliance policies for their mobile workforce and ensure all electronic communication is being properly monitored and archived according to government, as well as company compliance regulations.

With the MessageGuard monitoring, archiving and compliance solution, all messages are sent directly from the mobile device and securely archived in the company’s archiving server, ensuring the company’s data is 100% protected. Customers have the option of either a hosted, cloud-based solution or an on-premise solution installed on a MobileGuard Appliance. “We wanted to provide an easy and “pain-free” way for users to trial the solution and provision their employees no matter what the size of their business. We have companies with a just a few employees as well as large financial institutions with thousands of employees,” said Todd M. Cohan, Founder and CEO of TextGuard Inc..

Companies in highly regulated industries, such as financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical and government, are obligated to preserve monitor androidcommunications and to produce all electronic messages when necessary. In addition, SEC and FINRA regulations require financial services firms to regularly review their representatives’ electronic messages, document these visual inspections and note any actions that result. Depending on the industry, failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines, loss of license and other administrative sanctions. Other non-regulated companies have also begun to develop internal policies aimed at monitoring employee dissemination of sensitive company information through mobile devices.

About TextGuard

TextGuard is the most experienced provider of mobile communication solutions (SMS monitor, backup and reports), and ensures compliance with the rules and regulations of all relevant regulatory bodies as well as company policies. The company is not a Mobile spy organization, but TextGuard’s compliance solutions provide capturing, monitoring, logging, archiving, supervision and alerting of all communication on company mobile devices. TextGuard’s compliance solutions are provided as either a hosted platform or in the customer’s environment. To learn more, please visit http://www.textguard.com.

 

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Android Can be Used as a Side Monitor

If you multitask a lot at an effective rate and performance, this can be very beneficial to you.

Dual Monitoring with Android

I’m sure you are familiar with a dual monitor set up. You can move applications from one monitor to the other and keep an eye on programs  on the secondary monitor while doing your primary work on the main one.

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Dual Monitoring with Android

In case you don’t have an extra monitor at home but have an Android tablet or a smart phone, you’re in good company. Android offers an application called iDisplay which lets you use your Android smart phone as a secondary side monitor for PC or Mac desktops. This obviously is only possible with a common Wi-Fi network at the place of dual monitoring.

To learn how to use your Android as a secondary monitor, follow these steps. 

Source: techie-buzz.com

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Law agencies’ requests for mobile logs rise to 1.3M

Privacy concerns and legal burdens have arose for mobile phone companies due to a sharp spike in requests from law agencies for their customers’ cell phone records.

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.)

Representative Edward Markey released data from the mobile phone companies showing that law agencies requested to see 1.3 million cellphone records last year. The number one U.S. carrier, Verizon Wireless, reported an annual spike of 15% in requests while T-mobile USA said it has seen a 12-16% increase each year.

It seems that privacy protections are being pushed aside with the large volume of private information being requested, but cell phone companies say that they do not give away information that easily.

According to AMNY,  “the cell phone companies said they maintain dedicated teams to deal with the deluge of requests. They said they only release information when ordered to do by subpoena or if law enforcements officials certify there is an emergency involving danger of death or serious physical injury involved.”

Source: AMNY

Comment: Well if companies utilized TextGuard’s SMS Monitoring application on their employees’ mobile devices, then the telephone companies would not even be involved and the employer would be in compliance with their regulatory agencies.  Companies need to know what company data may be lost, what hit corporate image may be taking, and what illegal information is being shared.  I know that SMS capture is just one piece of the puzzle, but it is now a large part of communication.  After TextGuard’s SMS complance application is utilized, then these messages are archived for reviewing purposes and you can see if you company or employees are at risk.  This request of cellphone records is just the beginning since so many people are now dependent on mobility in their workplace and who knows what information is being transferred.

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Did RIM Surrender to BYOD?

 

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RIM BlackBerry

 

 

RIM (Research in Motion) is a Canadian Telecommunications and Wireless Device Company that is best known as the developer of the BlackBerry Smartphone. RIM was on the top of the world while BlackBerry was the number one smart phone being used by big corporations.

RIM’s Timeline of Success

2006 - Research In Motion and Information Appliance Associates reached a licensing agreement where RIM would offer the complete version of PocketMac for BlackBerry to Macintosh users for free.

2008 – RIM was mentioned on Canada’s Top 100 Employers by MediaCorp Inc Canada.

2009 -  Fortune Magazine named RIM  “the fastest growing company in the world” with a growth of 84% in profits over three years (despite the recession).

2010 - RIM OS held 10.4% of the smartphone operating system market.


Losing its Place as the “Choice for Business”

Although RIM is still known to take security and enterprise customers seriously, they are losing their hard-earned reputation as the number one choice for big corporations.

On October 10, 2011, RIM experienced one of the worst service outages in its history. Tens of millions of BlackBerry users in North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa were unable to send or receive emails and BBM messages through their phones. The outage was caused as a result of a core switch failure. It lasted for 3 days.

RIM stock fell to its lowest point, with shareholders losing $70 billion, or 82% – the market capitalization dropped from $83 billion to $13.6 billion. This was the biggest decline among communications equipment providers, as they continued losing market share to Apple’s iPhone and smartphones running Google’s Android Operating System.

Soon after, a new trend started. It’s called BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device.

The BYOD Revolution

With the lack of trust due to the long service outages and the loss of market share to more popular smart phones, employers and their employees have

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BYOD

turned to a different method of work related communications.

They simply started using their own phones at work.

90% of employees use their own technology (BYOT)  at work, and studies show that they are more productive while doing so.

(BYOD obviously has its pros and cons regarding security, productivity and personal use which you can learn more about here)

With this in mind, RIM added support for IOS and Android.

Did they surrender to BYOD?

Well, they might have.  BYOD has become the standard, and this might have reduced the motivation for anyone to choose BlackBerry.

What made BlackBerry so popular is that it has remote management, a strong encryption, and a secure email client, but now you can manage Android devices through MS Exchange. All of the new and more popular smart phones offer everything (plus more) that BlackBerry offers.

Competition caught up to BlackBerry, and they are quickly losing their spot as the number one choice for big corporations.

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The Pros and Cons of BYOD

BYOD or “Bring Your Own Device” is becoming the standard for many large organizations.

 

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BYOD

 

90% of employees are using their own phones at work, and studies show that it actually increases their productivity in the work place.

Like everything else, BYOD has its Pros and Cons:


PROS

  •  A business that uses a BYOD policy saves money on the high-priced mobile devices that normally would be used to purchase the smartphones and tablets for their employees.
  • Employees will most likely take better care of their own device.
  • Companies can take advantage of newer, cutting-edge technology.
  • Employees are able to decide on the platform, (mobile operating system) that they wish to use for work and are not just assigned a standard company device.

CONS

  • Proprietary company information is not as secure on a BYOD device compared to a company owned device.
  • The organization reimburses their employees for the expense of the device, thus  paying for personal calls and SMS’s outside of company time.
  • The employee does not have full control over their device as some companies are required to monitor all their mobile communications, (SMS, MMS, IM and voice calls)

 

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