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Knox, when hackers knock

It takes hackers just 30 seconds to gain access to a mobile device. In doing so, they not only gain access to the personal details of the user but create a pathway to their company’s most sensitive data.

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Samsung has designed an effective counter measure against this danger, aptly named Knox. As smartphones and tablets become more convenient for business, Knox has become even more important as a business defence mechanism. The fact is, cyber-attacks are on the rise and employee business devices have exposed enterprises to data breaches, malware threats and corporate espionage.

Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility for Samsung South Africa, says, “The world has never been more connected. Therefore, strength of security has never been more critical to businesses. Unauthorised access to the information on a device is now just as damaging as those involving traditional computer systems.”

Since its launch in 2013, Samsung Knox has become an award-winning, trusted and robust mobile security platform, protecting devices at every layer from hardware through software to application. This defence-grade security platform has created a suite of purpose-built, innovative and intuitive business tools designed for the ways people want to work. Knox is even taking the platform beyond mobile to serve as the foundation for all Samsung enterprise solutions and services. It’s designed with multi-platform interoperability to work with existing IT assets and seamlessly between Internet of Things. In addition, Knox is supported by over 120 enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers worldwide and performs with all popular single sign-on (SSO) and virtual private network (VPN) solutions to preserve enterprise legacy IT investments.

A secure device is a reliable device. That’s why the Knox platform is built into Samsung smartphones, tablets, and wearables at the manufacturing stage. So, it’s there the moment the device is unpacked. The Knox platform consists of overlapping defence and security mechanisms that protect against intrusion, malware, ransomware and other malicious threats.

An organisation’s sensitive data is in a state of constant flow, as everyone from the CEO to the most junior employee accesses corporate emails, customer records, and financial information on a range of devices with different operating systems. With Knox you can manage a fleet of devices, with a cloud-based EMM solution, that increases business efficiency and secures corporate data. It can manage any Android, iOS or Windows 10 device, but is most secure on Samsung Galaxy devices integrated with the Knox platform. Moreover, real-time device monitoring allows IT administrators to track the current GPS-based location of all managed devices and message all device owners without needing their phone numbers.

If employees encounter problems while out of the office, they can authorize IT administrators to request direct access to their device for easy troubleshooting. This allows them to quickly help employees get back to work. And if a device is reported lost or stolen, IT can remotely locate it, lock it, reboot it, and wipe its content.

 

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AppDate: Shedding light in our times of darkness

SEAN BACHER’S app roundup highlights two load-shedding apps, along with South AfriCAM, NBA 2K Mobile, Virgin Mobile’s Spot 3.0 and SwiftKey.

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Load Shedding Notifier

With all the uncertainty about when South Africans will next be plunged into darkness by Eskom, the Load Shedding Notifier tries its best to keep up with Eskom’s schedule. The app is very simple to use. Download it, type an area in and click the save button. The app automatically tells you what load shedding stage Eskom is on, the times you can expect to start lighting candles and for how long to burn them.

Multiple areas can be added and one can switch between the different stages to see how each one will affect a certain area.

A grid status is also displayed, showing how strained the country’s electrical network is.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

EskomSePush Load Shedding App

EskomSePush does much the same as the Load Shedding Notifier, but allows multiple cities to be tracked. However, they may just want to rethink the name of the app if they want wider respectability.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

South AfriCAM

South AfriCAM enables users to add branded stickers and frames from popular lifestyle magazine titles to their posts, including Huisgenoot, YOU, Drum, Move!, TRUE LOVE, Women’s Health and Men’s Health. 

In the process, they can earn JETPoints for their social influence: through the app’s built-in JET8 social currency, users are rewarded for their engagement. For every in-app like, comment, and share, users earn JETPoints, which can be used to redeem products online or over the counter across more than 2 500 retail stores in South Africa. Users are additionally awarded JETPoints for cross-posting onto external social media networks.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

Click here to read about console quality graphics on a mobile phone, Virgin Money payments made easier, and an app that redesigns the keyboard.

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Drones to drive
Western Cape agritech

Aerobotics is set to change how farmers treat their crops by using drones and machine learning, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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The Western Cape is poised to be a hotbed of innovation in the agritech sector, with drone piloting set to playing a major role in in the tech start-up scene.

This is the view of Tim Willis, chief operating officer of pioneering drone company Aerobotics, a Cape Town drone company recognised as a world leader in agritech.

“Drone piloting is a key skill that feeds into the value chain of the budding 4th Industrial Revolution,” said Willis. “Cape Town and the Western Cape is uniquely positioned to be the melting pot for innovation in the agritech sector, as a leading agricultural exporter and a hub for creative tech start-ups.”

He was speaking at AeroCon, a drone expo organised by Aerobotics and held in Johannesburg this week aimed at providing opportunities for drone pilots to apply their skills in South Africa, and to show how drones are being used to collect data on crops. 

The event was supported by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), Wesgro, PROMMAC, MicaSense, and Rectron, among other

“We’re starting to sign up farmers across the country,” said Willis. “It’s exciting because farmers are starting to use drone technology on their farms. When a farmer wants a drone flown, they want it flown [now] so it’s important for us to capture that data as quickly as possible to show that drones are fast and effective.”

According to aerobotics, drone technology can help farmers reduce pesticide use on their crops by up to 30%. The result is environmentally friendly farming, reducing stressed crops and a healthier harvest. 

“We use aerial imagery from drones to recreate a 3D model of every single tree on a farmer’s orchard,” said Willis. “We’ve done this for millions of trees and it starts to give the farmers metrics of what they’re doing. We provide them with the health of the trees, the height, the volume, the canopy area, which enable the farms to make decisions on what to do next.”

Click here to read more about AeroCon and what it offers to those wanting to get into the drone industry.

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