Does Android P private DNS really contribute to privacy? Or to Enterprise control?

Private DNS is a new feature in Android P, which allows you to globally override the DNS settings (received from your carrier, hotspot provider etc.). This means that the said carrier’s or provider’s DNS servers will not be able to log your browsing habits.

Read more here (Android Police).

Private DNS configuration (c) Android Police

This looks like privacy, but isn’t necessarily so…



iOS Trustjacking protection with EMM

Trustjacking is a new “scary” attack on iOSnew “scary” attack on iOS devices, exploiting user’s lack of understanding or what’s going on. When plugging into an unknown computer or charger user may choose to “trust” it, which allows the remote device quite a degree of access to iPhone/iPad data. Many don’t realize that this trust remains after the device is disconnected and may be exploited, for instance, via Wi-Fi, if Wi-Fi sync is enabled. Many others also think that this trust is necessary for charging.

What is really should read: “Your settings and data will be accessible from this computer even after disconnected. You DON’T need this for charging”

Basically, Apple should have looked at how Android 6+ has a “charge only” USB mode by default, fixed the wording and be done with it.

Protecting from this attack is extremely simple on Supervised (DEP) devices via EMM.

Here’s how it’s done via AirWatch, but any other major EMM will have something similar – this is Apple’s standard OS feature.

iOS Trustjacking AW
iOS Trustjacking protection: it only takes one tick

As a bonus, this will prevent not just the Trustjacking attack, but many other threats and leaks, since it blocks everything.

Wondering, how many had this configured before the Trustjacking news?

Change of wind

Those of you who follow me on LinkedIn may have noticed that I have a new workplace, which comes with a Digital Workspace.

This means less wireless, but even more on Enterprise Mobility, EMMs, mobile security Android, iOS, Windows 10 and MacOS (did you know that both MS and Apple made their desktop OSes manageable by EMM ?)

If you are not following me in LinkedIn and Twitter, you are probably missing 90% of the stuff! So, please consider (or save yourself lots of noise and unsubscribe – fair enough πŸ˜‰ )

Why VMware/AirWatch, why EMM?

This is going to be a long-ish and exalted neophyte read, purely optional.

If you prefer a less-neophyte approach, here’s a post of a very influential EMM expertΒ (I follow for quite a while) that did the same thing around the same time as I.

OK, now my version.. You’ve been warned πŸ™‚

Given the events in the last two years, I think that UEM solutions are ripe for conquering whatever remaining market is left there, and VMware is surely spearheading the charge with AirWatch (market-dominant) and the new WorkSpace ONE (watch the cool 7-minΒ  demo here). I am personally really sold on this story and here’s why:

  • One can’t manage iOS without EMM
  • In 2017 Google had really made Android Enterprise their focus, and I believe it is now very much ready for “serious” Enterprise use. Up to the point of stating that GMS devices are now better and more secure than non-GMS. That being said, I’ve never been a fan of AirWatch managing Android pre-AE, but with AE the playing field is levelled and most of the custom stuff that other EMM vendors did no longer matters.
  • Desktop OSes (Win10 1709+ and MacOS High Sierra+) can be managed with EMM just like the mobile devices, and both MS and Apple seem to take this direction seriously.
  • CE6 is dead and WEHH6.5 dies in less than two years. Given no other competition, everythin will be either iOS or Android, and none of those can be realistically deployed without MDM/EMM. And another weak spot for AirWatch that is going away soon.
  • Identity management and SSO have fully matured in the last few years, and are ripe to become standard, rather than “enhanced/advanced” functionality in the Enterprise infrastructure. And WorkSpace ONE (if you’ve seen the demo) has a unique value proposition here.
  • Being able to show off AutoCad on an iPad is cool! πŸ™‚ But more importantly, being able to free the enterprise from the leash of legacy apps (must have IE6, Java5 etc etc etc) by delivering them virtualized even to mobile devices means that mobile first has to real reason not to happen.
  • Who else can combine the industry-leading EMM/UEM, identity management and virtualization into one package?

So, where else to be in the EMM world? πŸ™‚

Or do you disagree? Let me know your thoughts here or on LinkedIn/Twitter!

P.S. Bonus point to those who recognize the cover image πŸ™‚


Do Android Enterprise and GMS mean the end of differentiation for Android Device and EMM vendors?

After publishing my post regarding tightening the screws on non-GMS devices and gradual move towards all-GMS in the Enterprise, I have received a response, which was very representative of what I was thinking last year, when digesting all the Android Enterprise news [formatting and edit by me]:

AOSP was or still is the major [vendor]Β  differentiator. With all these Android changes
1) it will be almost no matter what devices will be engaged
2) the role of 3rd party EMMs will go down. Google will be everywhere.
Do you feel it as a positive news?

Before looking any further, please pause and consider, how do you feel about that? Now, read on!