The biggest data security story in the past week (and continuing into this one) is the revelation of PRISM, the US government’s data collection program that targets terrorists. While there is still a lot of speculation over what it is, how it operates, who it actually targets, and why the whistleblower leaked its existence, many seem to be in agreement over one thing: it kills the cloud.
Or, at least, it kills US cloud services: knowing that the NSA is monitoring everything – possibly with the help, if not consent, of major American corporations – anyone who is not an American would be crazy to use a cloud-service that collects data (even more than usual) on him or her.
But, the cloud is about more than storage and making money off of targeted ads. It’s also a platform for easing and speeding up technology. AlertBoot’s own services, which leverage the cloud to the hilt, takes advantage of these features and is essentially unaffected by the latest revelation.
Using the Cloud to Enable, Not to Collect
As I noted before, AlertBoot leverages the power of the cloud to enable its services. But, it can’t compromise a user’s privacy or security. This is possible because AlertBoot collects minimal information from its users.
The company offers two services under one roof: a mobile device management (MDM) service for securing iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile devices, and a laptop security service for protecting laptop computers and external hard drives by installing encryption software. Besides encrypting computers, it also manages and backs up the encryption key.
Aside from this, the cloud is not used for anything else. AlertBoot does not back up the data found on devices. It does not keep copies of emails. We couldn’t care less what you’re doing with your device, unlike some services (not in the security space) that are very interested and send you targeted advertisements.
We’re only interested in ensuring that our clients have an easy, effective, and speedy method of securing their portable devices so that they can be protected when the inevitable* data breach rears its ugly head. And, in order to maximize our goal of securing clients’ devices, we only collect only user information that is necessary for provisioning purposes.
As they say, the best way to prevent a data breach is to not collect the data in the first place. It protects our clients…and as it turns out, in more ways than we thought possible.
*(well, maybe they’re mostly evitable – finding that someone stole your laptop in your car that’s parked overnight? It’s pretty far-fetched to believe that it was inevitable)
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