Employers Blacklist Apps to Ensure Employee Productivity & Data Security

Mobile ApplicationsBusiness Owners and Managers have recently been cracking down on employees using apps on the job that were built by two of the large tech corporations involved in the NSA spying scandal, Facebook and Google. According to a study compiled by mobile device management specialists Fiberlink, FB and GOOG apps are on the top of the corporate blacklist table.

Many popular smartphone and tablet apps were blacklisted including file-sharing and entertainment apps. Some of these might surprise and shock you. Here is a list of the top ten for iOS and Android devices:

iOS Devices

  1. Dropbox – File Sharing
  2. SugarSync – File Sharing
  3. BoxNet – File Sharing
  4. Facebook – Social Network
  5. Google Drive – Documents
  6. Pandora – Music
  7. SkyDrive – File Hosting
  8. Angry Birds – Gaming
  9. Hoccer – File Sharing
  10. Netflix – Movies

Android Devices

  1. Dropbox – File Sharing
  2. Facebook – Social Network
  3. Netflix – Movies
  4. Google+ – Social Network
  5. Angry Birds – Gaming
  6. Goo. Play Movies & TV – Movies
  7. Google Play Books – Books
  8. SugarSync – File Sharing
  9. Google Play Music – Music
  10. Google + Hangouts – Chat

These apps are being blacklisted for two reasons, to protect corporate data and to ensure employee productivity, says President of Fiberlink, Chris Clark. In the growing era of BYOD and BYOA policies, it’s important for businesses to have some sort of surveillance and policies on employee activity, especially if that activity puts the company at risk.

Because it’s so difficult to conduct this blacklisting in the workplace, The Fiberlink study found that less than 5% of companies are attempting to find a middle ground by implementing a whitelist of permissible applications.

For more information on corporate blacklisted applications, please contact our company at Slivertip IT. You can reach us at (425) 998-9199, or send us an email at cslade@silvertipit.com. Our team understands the importance of your business productivity, and will ensure that you have the right policies in place to achieve high productivity.

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