A very common question I am asked, almost on every Android deployment I undertake in fact, is “what is Smartlock?”. It is a commonly overlooked configuration within EMMs, due either to the fact organisations don’t know what it is, or that “smart” in the name gives the wrong impression and is therefore deemed safe. A quick overview Smartlock is a convenience feature in Android that aims to reduce how often a device with a passcode enabled needs to be unlocked in situations where it could be deemed low risk. Some of these situations include: Trusted places Trusted accessories On-body detection … read more.

A Synology is basically a linux system, in a small case and with a nice web interface to do most basic tasks. For the tasks which do not run by default from the web interface, SSH can be used. This tutorial demonstrates how to set up passwordless SSH between two (or more) Synology boxes. This is very useful for automated tasks, such as automated backups.

In this tutorial we will have a local Synology and a remote Synology. The local Synology will be able to connect over SSH without a password, to the remote Synology.

Out of the box, Mac OS High Sierra ships with a 12 year old version of Rsync. The reason for this is that Apple doesn’t include anything released under GPLv3 or similar licenses.

Luckily, it’s relatively quick and simple to update Rsync using Homebrew.

Homebrew is a package manager not dissimilar to Yum on Redhat or Apt on Debian. You can follow the instructions in the above link, or just copy and paste the commands documented as follows.

This week, Microsoft edged a little further into the world of modern Android management with the introduction of COSU support for Android enterprise deployments. Up until this announcement, the only available options for organisations leveraging Intune were legacy management (device administrator) or work profile, an entirely BYOD-focused Android enterprise deployment scenario only offering organisations management of a dedicated work profile on the device, and not the device itself (with a few security-related exceptions). What is Android enterprise?  For information regarding Android enterprise, including what it is, the deployment scenarios stated below and how it can benefit organisations, have a read … read more.

What is OEMConfig?

Announced at the Android Enterprise Summit 2018, OEMConfig offers one of the most significant changes to Android management, specifically in terms of speed to market for new management capabilities, in recent years. To understand the significance, let’s start with context. History The following will sound familiar to anyone who has read What is Android enterprise and why is it used? Check out the introduction to Android enterprise for the full story. In the beginning and prior to the introduction of Android enterprise with Android 5.0, the Android management landscape was fragmented and inconsistent. As Google remained mostly hands-off beyond introducing … read more.

On the 29th of May, HMD Global introduced three new devices for 2018: the Nokia 2.1, the Nokia 3.1 and the Nokia 5.1 First, just because it’s equally worthy of a mention and I’d like to briefly touch on it, the Nokia 2.1 is a welcome upgrade to 2017’s Nokia 2, touting double the processing power and a larger screen on a version of Android far less resource intensive – Oreo Go. Those who have had any hands-on with the Nokia 1 will understand how well Oreo Go handles such minimal resources, so on the Nokia 2.1 it should fly … read more.

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