Given how widespread personal devices have become in the office of late, it’s really no surprise that the line between work and home has started to become blurred. Personal applications are taking the enterprise by storm – and that’s a problem. Organizations are, understandably, taking steps to prevent the use of certain applications in the workplace. While the specifics tend to vary from organization to organization, here’s a list of some of the apps that are pretty much blacklisted across most of Enterprise (at least, according to Zenprise MDMI):
1- Angry Birds:
This one should come as no surprise. Angry Birds is basically the face of mobile gaming, and as a result, it seems rather fitting that many executives and managers think of Rovio’s smash hit when they consider threats to the efficiency of their employees. Take it from someone who’s played it – this game is addictive to a fault. And yeah, it’s certainly true that most mobile games will be banned at one point or another…but Angry Birds still tops the charts.
Now, this one actually depends on your department. A lot of marketing departments end up playing with fire (so to speak) as they expand the influence of their organization into the social sphere. Either way, though…Facebook’s another incredibly notorious time-waster, and as a result, most businesses pre-emptively ban their staff from accessing or using it. Not surprisingly, many folks aren’t exactly fans of Twitter or Google +, either.
Still, Facebook’s in an odd spot, in that it made both blacklists and whitelists. As I said…it depends what department you’re in and what sort of business you’re a part of.
3- Google Play:
Want to easily access, purchase, and download apps and entertainment on the go? If you’re on company time, you’re going to have to look elsewhere (and you should probably get back to work, too). The fact that employees might well be acquiring and utilizing browsing entertainment applications on company time (and, if they’re particularly dishonest, purchasing them with company money) makes it easy to see why Google Play made the list, no?
4- iOS App Store:
Yeah…this one’s here for the same reason as Google Play. Most organizations have their own distribution system through which employees can gain access to company apps. Anything else is just extra fat, and something they should look for on their own time.
Honestly, I can’t think of anything most organizations would bother doing on YouTube. It’s incredibly easy to waste hours upon hours just mindlessly browsing through videos, particularly if you’re using the mobile app. As such…it’s pretty obvious why this one’s made blacklists all throughout enterprise. Then again…it could be a handy research tool, in the right hands.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be. While Skype is certainly a valuable tool for keeping in touch with corporate contacts, it’s still a chat program: one which can just as easily be used to waste time yapping at family and friends.
This virtualization platform’s yet another entry on the ‘undecided’ list. Again, both security and efficiency seem to be a concern here…but with more focus on the former. A lot of organizations are, as you well know, still a touch leery of the cloud. They’ve enough security concerns to address with the mobile craze, and they don’t need an app like Citrix complicating matters.
Security’s the word here. While many organizations are divided on whether or not Evernote’s worth banning (it made the blacklist as much as it made the whitelist), many are still uneasy about the whole ‘cloud notebook’ affair. What happens if a disgruntled employee jots down security details, or a negligent one ends up letting some information loose?
Truth be told, I was kind of surprised to see DropBox on the blacklist…but then again, it’s pretty clear why an organization would blacklist it (and equally clear why some enterprise users might feel that the benefits offered by this simple cloud storage app are worth the risks). It all comes down to data security – and the fact that, with Dropbox, it’s incredibly simple for confidential data to find its way out of an organization.
It’s a third-party application store for jailbroken iPhones. If you’re not sure why this one made the list after learning that, you’ve not been paying attention. Fact is; it’s a liability at best, a security risk at worst.