According to the Darkreading security blog, 2014 was a year when IT got BYOD wrong. In an article based on the results from a Bitdefender survey Darkreading said the numbers prove that we’re doing BYOD wrong.Read More
It’s been 30 years since mobile devices like the Tandy Model 100 (the first “notebook” computer with a built-in modem) and the Motorola Dyna TAC (aka the brick phone) first made their way into the workplace. Mobile devices of all kinds are now so common that most employees don’t even give their use a second thought.Read More
In a recent guest post on the Business2Community website, Absolute Software VP Stephen Midgley wrote that while mobile devices have created a productive work environment where nearly everything is instant, collaborative and shareable, employees are also putting valuable company data at risk by “getting up to mischief.”Read More
Researchers at San Francisco security company Cloudmark told Fox Business recently that criminals are exploiting two unfortunate mobile trends to steal data and penetrate company networks via mobile devices. One problematic trend is the increase in mobile phishing attacks launched through common mobile messaging systems like Apple’s iMessage.Read More
Until the 21st century, only a very few professionals – doctors, firefighters, police officers – were “on call” when they weren’t actually at work. They carried pagers, or had a regular “check-in” time with an answering service.Read More
As you may have noticed, Breezy suffered a service disruption for approximately 11 hours on Monday, Dec 1 PST. No customer data was compromised and the majority of our users were unaffected, but many of you were unable to print or to access the Dashboard, our support site or our website during this outage.
The outage was due to a DDoS attack against our DNS system, DNSimple. DNS systems such as DNSimple tell computers how to use domain names like "breezy.com" to reach servers on the Internet. During the attack, DNSimple's system became so overwhelmed that it was unable to respond timely to many requests -- so if your computer or mobile device tried to reach anything (including our API) at the "breezy.com" domain, it very likely received a "name server error", and the request failed.
What We're Doing About It
DNSimple itself is taking a number of actions to mitigate future attacks, and has posted a full postmortem on their own blog. Their handling of the incident has been exemplary, and is one of the reasons we've chosen to stick with them. However, for our part, we'll also be adding a backup DNS system to provide failover support in case they ever suffer a similar outage.
Our uptime over the past year sits at 99.92%, but we will continue to invest in infrastructure improvements to bring that number higher.
That said, the reality is that 100% uptime is impossible to guarantee, and we want you to know what's happening should any outage ever occur in the future. During any incident, we will always post up-to-date information via our Twitter feed (@Breezy), and we have created a dedicated status page, hosted on separate servers with separate DNS, at www.breezystatus.com.
Our highest priority is the success of our customers, and we sincerely apologize for the disruption to your business that this outage caused. Thank you for your continued support!
Smartphones or tablets running any Android operating system are being targeted with a new Trojan Horse virus called NotCompatible. According to PC World writer Ian Paul, the NotCompatible malware threat lurks on infected websites where unsuspecting Android users pick it up.Read More
Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping and travel are nearly here – and that means that data thieves are also moving into high gear, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Gartner. In the U.S., Gartner says that an average of 113 mobile phones are lost or stolen every minute, but the NCSA says that the number of stolen phones can double during the holiday shopping season.Read More
Each year since 2010, the annual InfoTrends survey of knowledge workers in Europe and the U.S. has reported that workers spend up to half their working hours away from hard-wired network access. This means that they’re relying on wireless access via WiFi, VLAN, or cellular connections to access, share, and print the information they need.Read More
With more than 1.2 billion workers using tablets or smartphones in the course of their everyday jobs – about 75.5% of all employees, according to IDC – and the compound annual growth rate of enterprise spending on tablets expected to be 48% over the next five years according to Veritec, it’s no surprise that companies are scrambling to secure these vital business tools. And they’re doing a good job of minimizing the risks posed by mobile devices, analysts agree, with one glaring exception: printing infrastructures in most American businesses have not kept up with mobile technology.Read More