Creating the Perfect BYOD Recipe

The perfect BYOD recipe: "Finding the balance between protecting corporate data and providing privacy"!

I was just listening to Jon Stewart interview NY Times writer Michael Moss about his new book Salt Sugar Fat and he said something that struck a chord with me. He was talking about the science of creating food and something called the "Bliss factor." That perfect balance that will ensure that the products are a smash hit with consumers. That's where I want to go with BYOD (Bring your own device) policy. I've been searching for that perfect mix of hardware, software and education that will protect my IP—yet give my consumers that rush they get when eating a Twinkie. OK, I know it's a bit of flight-o-fancy to think that a BYOD policy can compare to a Twinkie (they are coming back!), but why not, why not venture out on that quest, at least for a little bit.  

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HP Announces the ElitePad

 HP ElitePad

The true tablet for business.

HP is proud to announce the release of its brand new HP ElitePad!

The HP ElitePad is the true tablet for business, with a 10.1- inch diagonal screen and a complete suite of thoughtfully designed accessories, giving you an elegant solution. Windows 8 and x86 compatibility for legacy apps arm you with the tools you need—and the confidence of a familiar PC experience. All driven by the latest Intel® processors.

Sleek. Elegant. Thoughtfully designed. With a 16:10 display, you spend less time scrolling. More time doing. Thanks to support for touch, pen, or voicebased input, you can work the way that suits you best. It's built to last and designed to look great and work dependably everywhere from the boardroom to the warehouse, thanks to durable materials like Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 and machined aluminum.  

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Create safer passwords

If juggling a ridiculous number of passwords for your various online accounts is driving you crazy, you’re not alone. For security reasons, passwords are required for everything from email to social media networks to online banking and shopping accounts, and even logging into your computer. But if you aren’t careful about how you choose your passwords or where you store them, the very thing that’s supposed to make your personal information secure might actually be putting it in jeopardy.

How to choose a secure password
Using the same password for multiple accounts or choosing personal information that’s easy to remember (such as a house address, birthday, last name) is very common—and a big mistake. Those kinds of passwords happen to be the easiest for hackers to crack. There are several things to consider when creating a password that will keep your information safe.

  • Many websites will let you know whether your password is safe when you’re in the process of creating it. Pay attention to that, and if the site indicates that your password is weak or not secure, create a better one.
  • Do not use your name, common phrases or words or acronyms that can be found in the dictionary—including foreign languages.
  • Avoid prefixing or suffixing your password with numbers or using known keyboard patterns like “Qwerty2.”
  • Stop making sense. Create passwords that use a variety of letters, symbols and cases so you’re less predictable to hackers and password-cracking systems.
  • Use a random-password generator app like 1Password to create and store unique passwords. More on online password solutions below.

To keep your passwords safe, never send them to anyone via email—even yourself. Never write them down or keep them anywhere near your computer. It’s also recommended that you change passwords every 30 to 90 days.

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Move it (don't lose it)

We’ve become so dependent on computers for work and play that our hard drives have turned into a central hub for all of our documents, photos, music and more. If the thought of transferring that data to a new computer or hard drive scares you, fear not—because the process really isn’t as difficult as it sounds.


Transferring large amounts of data with yesterday’s technology meant burning everything to CDs, DVDs, or worse, floppy discs. This not only required a lot of time, but a lot of media needed to save the information. Fortunately, today’s technology makes it easier than ever.

The big move
There are a number of reasons why you would need to transfer data. Perhaps you bought a new computer and simply want to take everything off the old computer and move it to the new one. Or maybe you just want to store your data in more than one place. Whatever the case may be, an external hard drive is the best option when dealing with large numbers of files.

External hard drives come in a variety of sizes, some holding as much as 2 terabytes (TB) of data, so there’s a good chance you can find a hard drive to suit your needs. They’re fairly affordable—but note, the larger the storage capacity of the drive, the larger the price tag.

One of the most attractive features of external hard drives is their ease of use. All you have to do is connect the drive to your computer via the USB port and drag the files over. Once you’re done, you can connect the drive to your computer and transfer the files. Or you can just use the drive as a long-term back-up storage device.

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Which "Pad" to buy?

What a difference 30 months make!  In May 2010, I wrote about my initial experiences with the first Apple iPad. I was really excited about what it could do and how content could be read or consumed nearly anywhere.  There had been a few “pads” built prior, but nothing like the iPad.  All the big pieces came together with a very readable color screen, highly accurate touch technology, a fast processor, plenty of storage, and thousands of available “apps”.  Access to information happened  over WiFi or a cellular connection.  Most everyone raved about the iPad and it validated what has become known as BYOD (bring your own device) to the corporate world. 

So, here we are 30 months later.  There are now over two dozen different choices in tablets from virtually every major computer and consumer hardware manufacturer.  Even Google and Microsoft have entered the fray.  Apple has two different iPads out there and the iPad mini.  Google, Samsung, Kindle, Nook, and many others have competing models.  Not surprisingly, the choice of what to buy isn’t so obvious any more.

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