Apple’s latest operating system became generally available to the public last month and, in unison, ManageEngine added support for Apple’s new digs.
The solution boasts the following features, according to the vendor:
- Wi-Fi network whitelisting
“For enterprises whose employees use public Wi-Fi—at airports, libraries, coffee shops, etc.—the stakes are high when it comes to device security,” ManageEngine Product Specialist Nikhil Nayak said in a recent blog post. “Open Wi-Fi networks can serve as a playground for hackers to infiltrate and exploit these devices and gain access to sensitive information.”
This new update means that admins can prevent devices from joining WiFi networks that are not secure.
- Dictation restriction
The dictation feature changes speech to text. It’s a great feature to have but has disadvantages when it comes to privacy and data consumption, according to Nayak.
“When voice dictation is enabled via Siri, Apple can store verbal commands, messages, and contacts on its servers for better speech-to-text efficiency. Also, voice text messaging requires an internet connection, which can generate extra cellular charges. With the new update, administrators can use Mobile Device Manager Plus to restrict this feature on iPhones or iPads,” he said.
- Added security commands
This platform allows admins to shut down remotely and even reboot devices running iOS 10.3. This can be useful in many situations. Take for example a store that runs their iPads in kiosk mode to use a specific app to procure customer information and feedback. Administrators can use Mobile Device Manager Plus to remotely shutdown or restart all of the store’s devices at once, securing their customer’s data when the store is closed.
“This can be useful in many situations,” Nayak explained. “Take for example a store that runs their iPads in kiosk mode to use a specific app to procure customer information and feedback. Administrators can use Mobile Device Manager Plus to remotely shutdown or restart all of the store’s devices at once, securing their customer’s data when the store is closed.”
Remote alarms are also part of this platform and a key security feature. If one of your employees has lost their device or it has been stolen, admins can use a remote alarm to help find it. They can also utilize ManageEngine’s tool to restrict Bluetooth usage along with access to Apple’s music and radio services. This keeps users from sending diagnostic reports to Apple.