Labor Day 2017: Honoring the Great American Mobile Worker!

Group Mobile would like to invite mobile workers to visit our website, here you will find a large selection of hardware and a suite for professional services perfectly suited for mobile industries!

Do you know the history of Labor Day in the United States?

We all know about Labor Day. After all, who wouldn’t want to be informed about an extra day off work? Just because we know that the day is a rest from our labor doesn’t mean we know the true history behind Labor Day. Here’s a quick overview of why we celebrate Labor Day.

Labor Day got its start in the late 1800’s, when union leaders in New York City decided that they wanted to host a massive festival for workers across the city. Because Labor Day was not yet a national holiday, in order to attend those laborers would have to give up a day’s wages. Early in the first Labor Day celebration—which was held on September 5th, 1882—few people turned out. Over the course of the day, more and more people joined the festivities and by the day’s end the rally boasted 10,000 people!

News of this celebration of hard-working Americans and all our labor force has contributed to the nation spread, and in 1887 Oregon became the first state to declare Labor Day an official holiday. It took just under a decade for the festivities to gain traction across the country, and in 1896 President Grover Cleveland declared the first Monday in September as an official national holiday to celebrate American laborers.

This year on Labor Day, Group Mobile is honoring mobile workers! The world’s mobile worker population will reach 1.3 billion in 2016, representing 37.2% of the total workforce. Mobile workers, virtual workers, freelancers, independent contractors, and other terms have been used to describe those of us who more or less works anytime, anywhere. And this type of work is becoming a new norm around the world, so the growth of mobile workers is likely to continue. Such workers often work from multiple locations, and use at least three devices. Mobile workers carry their work in their pockets or carrying case, powered by a multitude of applications. Group Mobile would like to invite mobile workers to visit our website, here you will find a large selection of hardware and a suite for professional services perfectly suited for mobile industries!

Three different Getac devices are in stock and ready to ship in 48 hours, the Getac V110 convertible laptop, F110 rugged tablet and S410 semi-rugged laptop. These rugged computers are three of the most popular computers manufactured by Getac with the most popular custom features on the market.

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The Many Benefits Of Mobile Device Management — Why It’s So Important Today!

Mobile device management for enterprise is an evolving organizational trend that deals with the business as well as technological aspects of the rising trend of mobile and handheld device usage in routine business operations.

What is mobile device management? Mobile device management is the organizational area dealing with deploying, securing, monitoring, integrating and managing mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, in the workplace. Tablets, and smartphones are arguably less secure than desktop computers and laptops often because they lack pre-installed malware protection. Mobile device management for enterprise is an evolving organizational trend that deals with the business as well as technological aspects of the rising trend of mobile and handheld device usage in routine business operations. You might be wondering how Group Mobile can help — First off, those sleepless nights worrying about data safety will be over for good! Don’t leave your corporate data vulnerable to thieves, we will help prevent this from occurring with our iCare™ Mobile Device Management Service.

Whether you have employees out in the field, in a warehouse, or working remotely from home, they are likely connected with mobile devices. As you assign more employees mobile devices, it is important to focus on mobile device management. There are various benefits to these services, and it will allow you to have greater control over the IT aspect of your operations.

iCare Mobile Device Management

 

  • Tracking – Using the MDM software, Group Mobile will track the unit throughout its useful life. In cases where a unit is reported lost or stolen, it can be tracked and located.
  • Remote Software Management – Update your software remotely. Updates can be distributed to the entire list of devices, or be segmented by device type, location, work-group, or serial number.
  • Battery Management – Manage battery capacity remotely on every device to enable quick replacement when capacity falls below an acceptable level.
  • Remote Control – Have a problem or issue with a mobile device? We can remotely login to your device for troubleshooting and problem resolution.
  • Historical Data Collection – The MDM software logs activity as the device is used. The data log can be accessed for analysis that may require additional training or software updates.
  • Multiple OS Support – MDM services are available on Windows, Android, and iOS devices.

Stay Organized

It’s important to stay as organized as possible, especially when you have a large number of mobile devices deployed across your operations. Various mobile device management services will allow you to stay organized in different ways, including:

  • Tracking devices
  • Managing battery life
  • Remote management of software
  • Remote assistance
  • Historical data collection

It’s impractical for you to ask employees with mobile devices to provide you with information on the device. Additionally, it’s only going to set you back if you have to process everything manually regarding dozens of mobile devices. Through the use of mobile device management software, you will be able to maintain communications with the device as well as the back office server. With the iCare™ Mobile Device Management Software each device is loaded with a Mobile Device Management (MDM) client prior to shipping. The client software is initialized and tested to ensure communications to the back-office server. The server component can reside at the customers site or be hosted by Group Mobile for an additional fee.

A significant amount of money can be saved when you deploy mobile device management services as well. Your users may need assistance from time to time. You will be able to gain control of a mobile device remotely. This will allow you to resolve problems and troubleshoot to get your employee back to where they need to be.

Mobile device management services are customized to the individual needs of your business. Depending upon the number of employees you have, the number of mobile devices, and how often upgrades are made, the services may be more complex. You will be able to get the assistance you need so that you can focus more on your business and less on threats and security.

To learn more about mobile device management services, contact the Group Mobile iCare services team.

Important Information on Malware Known as Ransomware, and How to Prevent it with Malwarebytes and Carbonite!

Ransomware: The Latest Cyber Extortion Tool

  
What is ransomware? Ransomware is malicious software that denies you access to your computer or files until you pay a ransom. Ransomware is typically spread through phishing emails that spread malicious attachments and drive-by downloading.  In 2015, 2400 complaints were filed regarding ransomware, resulting in a loss of $24 million. 

Why is Ransomware so effective?
The creators of ransomware instill fear and panic into their victims, causing them to click through a link or pay a ransom and inevitably become infected with other malware including messages similar to these:

  • Your computer was used to visit websites with illegal content. To unlock your computer, you must pay a $1000 fine.
  • Hackers impersonate law enforcement; claim you downloaded illegal material; demand a fine for your “violation”.
  • All files on your computer have been encrypted. You must pay this ransom within 72 hours to regain access to your data.

Consequences of Ransomware
Many negative consequences can result from ransomware including temporary or permanent loss of sensitive or proprietary information, disruption to regular operations, potential harm to an organization’s reputation, costs associated with network mitigation, network countermeasures, legal fees, IT services, and/or the purchase of credit monitoring services for employees or customers.

Tips for Mitigating Risk of Ransomware:

  • Prevent an attack by having anti-ransomware such as Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes uses advanced proactive technology that monitors what ransomware is doing and stops it cold before it even touches your files. It does not rely on signatures or heuristics, so it’s light and completely compatible with antivirus.
  • The single biggest thing that will defeat ransomware is having a regularly updated backup such as Carbonite. If you are attacked with ransomware you may lose that document you started earlier this morning, but if you can restore your system to an earlier snapshot or clean up your machine and restore your other lost documents from backup, you can rest easy.
  • Assess the extent of the infection and the extent of the damage. Remove the virus by deleting all infected files. Use a Cloud backup solution such as Carbonite to recover clean versions of the infected files from backup.

The PlanUse Malwarebytes to protect against ransomware, and Carbonite to backup your data!

   
Time is critical for an organization faced with a ransomware deadline. Online extortionists typically give organizations a very specific time limit within which to pay. It is important to have a plan in place describing what needs to happen in the event of a ransomware attack. Do an inventory of your critical data assets, know where it is located, and evaluate that impact of any loss or unavailability of that data. Learn more about Carbonite here… Part of having a plan to prevent ransomware is taking preventative steps by downloading Malwarebytes to any individual computer or business computers. Learn more about Malwarebytes security here…

Transform the way you Work with Speech Recognition Software

Speech recognition software, also known as voice recognition software, is a rapidly growing and changing technology field. Voice recognition software will permit you to to work as fast as you can speak. The biggest advantage is the ability to work hands-free allowing you to multi-task. Just say words and watch them appear on your computer screen. You can even use voice commands to edit and format your text, search the web or send email. Some of the industrys that would greatly benefit from speech recognition software are construction, public safety, insurance, government, healthcare, energy / utilities, and education.  

Group Mobile is now partnered with Nuance CommunicationsNuance Communications, Inc. is the leading provider of voice and language understanding solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Countless professionals rely on Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Professional to automate their PC computing processes to work faster and smarter. 

Learn More about the Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking software…

Group Mobile Webinar: Trends in Mobile Data Capture

Join us this week for a webinar: March 8, 2013  
What You’ll Learn:
  • How mobile data capture has evolved.
  • New trends in tablet use and adoption.
  • How to quickly and easily create e-forms for mobile devices, tablets, digital pens, and laptops.
  • Why rugged computers are essential in today’s mobile computing environments.


Topic: Trends in Mobile Data Capture
Date: Friday, March 8, 2013

Time: 11:00 am, EST

REGISTER NOW

For assistance:

1.Go to https://mi-corporation.webex.com/mi-corporation/mc      
2. On the left navigation bar, click “Support”. 

Group Mobile and Emergency Response Maps Partnership

Group Mobile and Emergency Response Maps (ERM) announced a strategic partnership that will provide a turnkey mapping and mobile response solutions to first responders. The relationship will combine ERM’s RUNBOOK® (http://www.groupmobile.com/product.asp/sku=6006) and eFirstView® (http://www.groupmobile.com/product.asp/sku=6005) software with rugged laptops and tablet computers supplied by Group Mobile to provide EMS and other public safety professionals a complete mobile computing solution to enhance first responder safety, while improving response times and operational capabilities. Today, EMS and other public safety professionals are in need of automated systems that comply with strict local, state and federal requirements. There is also an increasing need for tools to make firefighting and other first responder efforts more effective to improve their safety and the safety of the citizens they protect. All of this information needs to be accessible on a computer system that is rugged enough to withstand the tough environments EMS and public safety professionals encounter throughout their daily routines. With ERM and Group Mobile, first responders and public safety professionals are delivered a comprehensive solution that provides timely access to mobile mapping, GPS routing, incident management, and hazardous materials solutions. Together, ERM and Group Mobile supply the required rugged computer hardware and software including installation, configuration, and training at an affordable price. Read more…

For more information regarding rugged mobile computing visit www.groupmobile.com or call us at 1-866-RUGGED-8. 

New Mobile Construction Project Management Solution

Last week we announced an alliance that will provide a complete construction project management solution for the AEC industry. This relationship will combine FACS Project Controller™ project management software with rugged laptops and tablet computers to provide a turnkey solution to streamline construction project management.

FACS Project Controller is a powerful, yet easy-to-use system that provides fully integrated project control, document control, and contract administration to the entire construction project team whenever and wherever they need. FACS Project Controller was developed for construction professionals, by construction professionals and provides advanced tools proven to deliver improved project control, reduced manpower requirements, and savings of countless hours of travel and document searching.

Read More…

For more information regarding rugged mobile computing visit www.groupmobile.com or call us at 1-866-RUGGED-8.