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10 Ways to Keep Your Mobile Devices (and the Data on Them) More Secure

( A very informative article published on smallbiztrends by a Guest Blogger. Enjoy the read )

Mobile devices pose heightened security risks. Those risks come in several forms.

  • Devices — including business data saved on them such as call records, contacts, images, videos, documents and email messages — can be lost or stolen.
  • If you use mobile apps or cloud software accounts with saved logins, anyone could conceivably access your business data through those apps or accounts via a stolen or lost mobile device.
  • Devices used over insecure connections such as public Wi-Fi, can expose data to hackers and eavesdroppers who steal login credentials, banking and credit card information, emails, and more.
  • Mobile devices may serve as a backdoor for malware to enter your business network.

Obviously, it’s important to protect your mobile devices and your company’s data.

Here are some essential mobile device and data security tips you can use to protect your small business.

1. Use a Secure Lock Screen

If someone gets ahold of your device, the last thing you want is for them to just turn it on to access everything. The first line of defense is a secure screen lock. This could be a strong password or perhaps a biometric lock such as a fingerprint scanner. That way, someone who casually recovers your lost device, for example, won’t have instant access.

2. Enable Location Settings

The best case scenario for a lost or stolen phone is to be able to find it quickly. You can greatly increase your chances of doing just that by enabling “location settings” ahead of time. For example, the Find My iPhone feature available for iPhones and iPads helps you identify where your lost device may be by ringing your phone and including a helpful screen message as to how to contact you, the owner, as well as tracking your device. Similar services are available for Android, Windows and Blackberry devices. Become familiar ahead of time with the applicable service for your device. Discover what it can do and can’t do.

3. Use a Remote Wipe Security Application

Remote wipe security applications give businesses the ability to “wipe” or lock down devices from a distance.  The various location finding services above include some level of wipe or lock down protection. But many businesses need more protection. Consider a commercial remote wipe application for all devices used by employees for business purposes. Some wireless providers provide this, as do some Internet security software providers. Don’t just leave it up to each individual employee. A business-wide application can allow your systems administrator to secure sensitive company data in the event an employee leaves your employ (because the employee can’t supersede the security simply by reestablishing his or her individual account).

4. Use Encryption

Encryption converts data into code that is not easily deciphered. While not foolproof, encryption does make it harder for hackers to intercept data and communications transmitted wirelessly.

5. Avoid Open Public Wi-Fi

Admit it: when you travel to conferences, stay in hotels or work in the coffee shop, you sometimes rely on open and unsecured Wi-Fi, don’t you? When you connect your mobile device to public Wi-Fi, you leave your data open to potentially being accessed by anyone else on that Wi-Fi network.  If you work while out and about, or if you travel a lot, consider investing in a mobile hotspot of your own, one that uses your wireless carrier’s network connection, and not rely on the coffee shop’s public Wi-Fi.

6. Disable Automatic Wi-Fi Connect Features

For the reasons mentioned in point 5, be sure to turn off your automatic Wi-Fi connection settings in your phone or tablet.  Some devices have such settings enabled. Turn them off so your device doesn’t connect to an insecure network without you realizing it.

7. Deploy a Virtual Private Network

A virtual private network or VPN is a type of connection that allows all devices located remotely to securely share data to and from the company network. It creates a private encrypted tunnel for data to pass through between mobile devices and your company systems.

8. Back Up Data

You can’t completely prevent your device from getting destroyed, such as in a car crash or by dropping it off a boat. So just in case, it’s a good idea for you to automatically back up data and files such as photos and videos, in the cloud. That way you can still access data no matter what disaster befalls your device.

9. Research Apps Before Downloading

If an app isn’t from a trusted source, you could potentially be downloading malware or some other security threat to your device. The major app marketplaces such as Google Play and Apple Store have gotten good at screening apps for security issues.  Before you download an app, though, do some research to be sure other users aren’t reporting security issues.

10. Use Anti-Virus and Security Protection

The major anti-virus and security software vendors such as Norton, Kaspersky and McAfee offer applications that protect mobile devices from viruses, spyware and other malware that can get in and spread to your business network. Some network providers and wireless providers also provide security. Look for mobile or multi-device protection application. Such software may be coupled with remote wipe/ lock protection, doing double duty.

These 10 techniques can make using mobile devices more secure.  But I’d like to add one bonus tip:  keep an eye on your device.  Don’t let mobile devices out of your possession, or step away from them, even for a few minutes. When leaving planes, rental cars, taxi cabs, Uber rides, restaurants, security checkpoints at airports, trains and other places where things tend to get put down or fall out of tote bags or pockets – always check to make sure you have devices with you.

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7 features you can expect to find in an ERP inventory module

bs-cloud-appDuring an ERP selection you will often find yourself staring blankly at a list of features on vendor websites and comparison engines. The “broad stroke” terms used for these features often leave a lot of room for guesswork. One such feature, inventory management, offers much more functionality than may be apparent on first glance.

1. On hand

On hand inventory is the total number of any parts or SKU that are in our ERP system. This quantity could be within our four walls as well as external material we own such as at a customer site on consignment. It also includes material owned by a supplier available for our use, where the title will transfer when we take it from consignment.

2. Nettable

Our ERP inventory module should be able to subtract most inventory on hand from any demand to calculate the quantity we need to buy or make to supply the demand. We can store inventory we are saving from that demand in non-nettable locations.

3. Valuation

Inventory is more than physical quantity, it also is an asset valued in dollars and cents. ERP inventory modules can use a variety of accounting techniques for valuation depending on our practices and local accounting principles.

4. Categorization

We often look at strata in inventory. Finished goods are an SKU ready to sell immediately. WIP or work in progress is a SKU that has had some conversion work applied but needs more work before it is ready to sell. WIP inventory has both material and labor cost included as well as some overhead burden. Raw materials include a SKU that has been purchased but no work to convert it into a sold product has been applied yet. Cost of RM inventory could be as simple as the amount on our purchase order. ERP can create and manage these inventory categories giving your staff more time to analyse and act on any discrepancies identified by categorization.

5. Surplus

We buy and manufacture inventory to satisfy a demand. That demand is often a best-estimate forecast. Customers also cancel or delay orders. When demand for a SKU is gone or pushed out beyond the time we could buy another, that inventory is considered surplus. If demand is gone, ERP can manage the process of repurposing or offloading that surplus through valuation and sales tools.

6. Consigned

Inventory is not necessarily owned by us. ERP inventory modules track the on hand quantity of a SKU owned by a supplier without adding the value to our inventory amount. This is known as VMI or vendor managed inventory. We might also have VMI material at our customer site where we own it but it is not on hand under our control.

7. Turnover

Inventory turnover for any subset or overall category can be quickly measured by dividing on-hand inventory by past cost of sales or expected usage. Inventory, like any asset, is only valuable when it is used. Some of the best-run businesses have high turnover rates but using their ERP system, they can mitigate risk and pre-empt negative patterns in turnover.

Inventory is the core of many businesses and is at the core of many ERP systems as well. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the features available on the market and how they match up to your inventory requirements.


This informative and wonderful article is written by Tom Miller
Tom completed implementations of Epicor, SAP, QAD, and Micro MRP. He works as a logistics and supply chain manager and he always looks for processes to improve. He lives near San Francisco Bay in California and can be found on the water in his kayak or on the road riding his motorcycle.

BrightStar – Cloud SaaS Development Services

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Software as a Service (SaaS) – is an application successfully delivered differently to your customer today?

BrightStar is a trusted partner in the full development lifecycle for web applications (SaaS) and has completed a variety of customized cloud ready SaaS application development projects for its customers.

Our SaaS Development Process (SDP) improves customer access and satisfaction, increases agility by reducing deployment cycles from months to weeks. Additionally, our global sourcing model and industrialized delivery methods reduce overall costs by as much as 33%.

BrightStar builds into each SaaS model the flexibility that an adaptable business must provide its customers through improved agility and reduction in the end-to-end time required to deploy a SaaS application.

BrightStar helps organization implement cloud architectures taking into consideration, global deployments with Agile continuous deployments across hybrid cloud environments.

Lack of available in-house cloud expertise, multiple competing priorities, can push back your project timetable. The longer it takes you to get to market, the more it can cost your organization – in time, resources, and opportunities. BrightStar technical teams can augment cloud, mobility and big data engineers – to help you quickly scale up or down as required.


About BrightStar:

BrightStar understand that the world of business changes constantly and that the resulting complexities demand intelligent and adaptive solutions. We combine industry, operational and technology skills with relevant proprietary and other assets in order to tailor solutions for each client’s individual challenges.

Partnering with the best technology companies, we generate value for our clients by creating solutions that leverage emerging trends such as Mobile, Cloud, Social, Internet of Things and Analytic’s, allowing them to be more successful.

To avail our Cloud Centric Services, kindly contact us at support@brightstarsolution.com or talk to our Cloud Expert at +1-415-985-STAR (USA) or visit our business page at http://www.BrightStarsolution.com to know more…

Omni-channel Commerce Solutions ( Hybris/ATG )

ecom2.pngBrightStar’s omni-channel commerce solutions implement both B2B and B2C scenarios and enable effective strategies to blend and synchronise the digital and physical experiences for the end consumer.

BrightStar helps you to get your commerce site up and running fast, while still allowing for customization

As a leader in eCommerce and omni-channel solutions delivery for the world’s biggest retailers and producers of goods, BrightStar invested in the construction of industry-specific solutions for different market sectors.

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About BrightStar:

” Powering the Next Evolution of Enterprise Application, Commerce and Mobility “

BrightStar understand that the world of business changes constantly and that the resulting complexities demand intelligent and adaptive solutions. We combine industry, operational and technology skills with relevant proprietary and other assets in order to tailor solutions for each client’s individual challenges.

Partnering with the best technology companies, we generate value for our clients by creating solutions that leverage emerging trends such as Mobile, Cloud, Social, Internet of Things and Analytic’s, allowing them to be more successful.

Through our global network, we provide access to advanced technologies and intellectual capital of expertise to solve the most complex challenges of the digital transformation with a holistic view of business.

The Difference: BrightStar delivers IT and business consulting with a difference. We drive change in our clients’ businesses by creating customized solutions.

We offer our clients skills and expertise based on their particular industries, as well as an ability to adapt our strategic insights to their individual concerns.

Our Values: We believe in commitment, teamwork, excellence, passion and stewardship. These five values guide and encourage us to achieve lasting success for our clients and our firm.

Locations: Wherever you are, we are there for you. + BrightStar-United States + BrightStar-AsiaPAC + BrightStar-United Kingdom + BrightStar-Romania

If you are interested in working with us, please contact us at:
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(e) sales@brightstarsolution.com
(p) +1 415-569-STAR (US),     +91-9823.00.5326 (IN)

BrightStar -Application Development & Management Services

appli-support.pngTechnology is in a state of continuous flux. While some businesses are adapting fast enough to brace this rapid evolution of technology, most businesses are reactive and unable to leverage technological advancement. That often becomes the key difference between surviving and thriving.

Pre-packaged applications help in rapid automation of some of the common organizational functions. However, every organization is unique and has certain special (core and support) processes that require either customization or application development.

Leading organizations are rapidly embracing technology as a competitive enabler through robust application strategy that is more aligned with their business strategy. Outsourcing the applications development and support can help businesses to improve their focus on strategic initiatives and core operations while the right partner takes care of their process automation through custom applications.

Business Value 

  • Improved Business IT Alignment
  • Enhanced focus on Strategic Initiatives
  • Shorter Time to Market
  • Increased Productivity
  • Process and Cost Optimization

Effective, efficient applications that delight the end user.

Application Development
Every business is unique in itself. So packaged application solutions, however comprehensive, may not always be able to support every aspect of business processes. That is when businesses need partners to help them with end-to-end custom application development. Such a need for application development may arise in a variety of business cases ranging from Legacy Transformation to Greenfield Application Development, from Third-Party Integration to Enhancements and Upgrades, from launching new platforms like mobiles to disruptive frameworks like cloud.

The application development may take place as custom, web based or mobile application with the help of robust methodologies such as Agile, Waterfall or Iterative, using development platforms such as Java, Microsoft, Oracle or others.

BrightStar leverages its rich experience in building robust business applications using the industry leading standards to transfer the benefit of efficiencies and effectiveness to the clients.

Business Value
(+) Leveraging from BrightStar ’s domain knowledge
(+) Improved focus on results
(+) Greater flexibility for growth
(+) Dedicated problem solving

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Contact Us at +91-9823.00.5326 (Asia) / +1-415-569-STAR (usa)
or write to us at support@brightstarsolution.com or visit our business page at http://www.brightstarsolution.com to know more…

BrightStar – Cloud Managed Services

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BrightStar offers a complete “one-stop-shop” to design, develop, and manage cloud-based solutions tailored to meet the precise business & technology objectives of both ISVs and the enterprise. BrightStar also provides services to redesign, develop and support your SaaS applications so you, your customers or your end-users can quickly reap the economic, architectural and strategic benefits that cloud computing offers.

BrightStar’s Managed Services allows customers to focus on the core of their business, and leave the management of their infrastructure to BrightStar’s NOC’s. We help clients implement a sound steady state management strategy for their cloud infrastructure. 24x7x365 scalable and secure hosting AWS infrastructure and operations helps organizations efficiently deploy, manage, replicate and migrate complex distributed applications.

Our Network Management center (NOC) help organizations achieve greater operational agility, better IT governance and tighter integration of components across the enterprise—from applications and platforms through cloud infrastructure, using ITIL methodology.

We’ll make your cloud accessible, scalable, agile, efficient, reliable, secure and flexible with our innovative services.


About BrightStar:
BrightStar understand that the world of business changes constantly and that the resulting complexities demand intelligent and adaptive solutions. We combine industry, operational and technology skills with relevant proprietary and other assets in order to tailor solutions for each client’s individual challenges.
Partnering with the best technology companies, we generate value for our clients by creating solutions that leverage emerging trends such as Mobile, Cloud, Social, Internet of Things and Analytic’s, allowing them to be more successful.

To avail our Cloud Centric Services, kindly contact us at support@brightstarsolution.com or talk to our Cloud Expert at +1-415-985-STAR (USA) or visit our business page at http://www.BrightStarsolution.com to know more…