Top 10 Blacklisted Apps in BYOD Environments

Christopher Lentz | December 11, 2013 07:20 PM

Bring Your Own Device environments require a bit more attention when it comes to security. Sometimes this security comes at a cost to the user as well as the business. Companies with a BYOD policy often implement a blacklist of apps that they will not allow on their users devices. What those apps are though might upset some users and admins.

Top 10 iOS Blacklisted Apps

  1. Dropbox
  2. SugarSync
  3. Box
  4. Facebook
  5. Google Drive
  6. Pandora
  7. SkyDrive
  8. Angry Birds
  9. Hoccer
  10. Netflix

Top 10 Androd Blacklisted Apps

  1. Dropbox
  2. Facebook
  3. Netflix
  4. Google+
  5. Angry Birds
  6. Google Play Movies & TV
  7. Google Play Books
  8. SugarSync
  9. Google Play Music
  10. Google+ Hangouts

After reading that list some of you might be thinking "Well what if we use those apps within our company?" My best answer for you is to consider the nature of the security with these apps. For example, Dropbox is at the top of both lists for a reason. It can be used to save intellectual property from your network to the users personal Dropbox account. If that user is fired or leaves the company, that data might find its way into the wrong hands. The reason most of these apps are likely on this list has to do with the security of intellectual property. If you are a small business, and especially if you are a startup, this is honestly in your best interest. Keeping your IP safe is vital to your success.

How Your Users Feel About It

Despite the obvious reasons for limiting the use of these blacklisted apps, many users are hesitant to give up their social media and other favorite apps just to use their device at work. This apprehension could be reason for the BYOD trend to fall flat on its face. However, experts and analysts still see BYOD as an uptrend in technology and one that all tech admins should keep on their radar as the future unfolds. 

What this all really comes down to is good policy. In the end, a well defined policy helps users to understand the risks of these apps as well as defining acceptable use of apps that are not quite blacklisted but might be on a short watch list. An alternate thought in this debate is to implement whitelisting instead, though I am guessing your users might not be fond of using their device at work anymore. 

Let our team work with you to develop a strong Acceptable Use policy and keep your intellectual property safe from the wrong hands, give us a call at 408-844-4808 today!

 

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