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Google Adds More BYOD Management Features for Android Devices to Google Apps

Google adding new Android device “bring your own device” (BYOD) management features based on top requests from customers.

In additon, the Admin console has also been updated. “This update adds a new device setting for automatically enrolled devices to be placed in the enrolling user’s organizational unit,” informs Google.

“Comprehensive mobile device management is included with Google Apps for Business, Government and Education–that lets organizations manage Android and iOS smartphones and tablets right from the Google Apps Admin console,” “with no need for special hardware or software.”

As an admin, your role in a BYOD environment is to make sure users keep their mobile devices secure. Android users can stay connected on the go with mobile apps like Gmail, Drive and Hangouts. Admins can manage their domain with the new mobile Admin app. And “admins can let employees bring their own devices to work while keeping those devices secure and saving their employees time with Google Apps device management,” google added.

You start managing devices right away by visiting your Admin console at admin.google.com

The BYOD features added today include:

  • Selective wipe helps you remove Google Apps account data without wiping a user’s entire device.
  • With SD card wipe during a full device wipe, you can wipe SD cards in addition to the internal memory.
  • Device Policy app ensure that security policies are enforced across all devices by requiring the latest version of the Device Policy app.
  • Wi-Fi configuration settings in the Admin console, once set up will be automatically pushed out to all managed Android devices, explains google.

Here are some tips to securing your WiFi network–look at your WiFi settings. Your network will likely either be unsecured, or secured with WEP, WPA or WPA2.

  • Just change your network security settings to WPA2, as it is much safer and can be much faster.
  • Create a strong password for your WiFi network with WPA2, with a long mix of numbers, letters and symbols.
  • Secure your router too, with its own password, separate from the password you use to secure your network, so nobody can change your settings.

For more instructions, look up your router’s manual, or check out the video below to learn more about the simple but important steps you can take to improve the security of your Internet browsing:

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