The beginning of tablets dates back more than 20 years and since then amazing progress has been made in the way tablets are made and used. Today, tablets are all the rage, the thinner and the wider the screen the better. The major appeal of today tablet is its highly portable nature, its touch screen and the programs that are easy to use but more than anything they are functional and cool. However, one thing to consider is how safe they are.
It’s tough comparing fruit, Apple(s) to oranges with built-in Android systems.
As more and more companies start to use these tablets as they expand and grow, people in offices around the world want a secure way to communicate. A great way to do so is to use a VPN. What’s a VPN you ask? It’s a virtual private network, that often times uses the internet to connect to a specific network, or user. The data sent between devices is therefore encrypted and anyone intercepting the data would be unable to read it.
Both iPad and Android tablets allow you to set up your VPN, but what are their advantages?
Apple being the leader in tablet sales is a great choice for anyone wanting a fast, wide screened safe tablet. Apple has a built-in VPN client, that is simple to configure, like everything Apple related.
Android, who has fewer apps, forces you to download an app for your network then install the VPN through that app.
Androids flexibility and amount of choices available for handsets seems to be the ongoing issue for them. The fact that they are of open source nature leaves them easy prey for hackers; though the iPhone is certainly not hacker proof. The issue with Androids is you need to have an up to date antivirus software to keep it safe. Ipad is integrated and updates when you update it. Anonymity is provided when you have a VPN service to browse the internet. You get protection for your private data, especially if you are logging on the internet in public places such as a coffee shop or anywhere that allows you access to wi-fi. The report of androids hacks since 2011 have grown by 500% since the Apple breaches seem minimal.
With the right policies and technical controls Apple products are secure according to the Forrester Research report. Android tablets seem too risky for companies to use for their secure documents. Yes you can make them secure, but their open platform make them a high risk. It’s too easy for hackers to breach the security perimeter and then secure your data.
Your choice will have to be made depending on the work you do and how you will use your tablet. With a virtual private network you will be able to encrypt emails, create auto locks, automatic auto wipes and device wipes and get continuous refresh. The easy to use, user-friendly iPad interface will be great paired with their immense choice of apps in the App store. the Android tablet will be for those who like the practicality, the lesser price, and that are more adept in their configurations.
This guest post is written by Maya, a blogger who is currently working on a project for SwitchVPN, one of the leading and best known VPN services.