The Smartphone Apps Companies Usually Ban

Bans on specific applications are an all-too-common feature of bring-your-own-device plans. A survey of usage patterns by mobile device management (MDM) vendor Fiberlink suggests that when it comes to app banning, highly convenient options such as cloud storage are at the top of the list.

Ban picture from Shutterstock

Based on Fiberlink’s assessment of the 2 million devices it currently manages, this is what typically gets blocked on both iOS and Android when companies have an MDM policy in place:


  1. Dropbox
  2. SugarSync
  3. Box
  4. Facebook
  5. Google Drive
  6. Pandora
  7. SkyDrive
  8. Angry Birds
  10. Netflix


  1. Dropbox
  2. Facebook
  3. Netflix
  4. Google+
  5. Angry Birds
  6. Google Play Movies & TV
  7. Google Play Books
  8. Sugarsync
  9. Google Play Music
  10. Google+ Hangouts


At least in Australia only serious VPN addicts need Netflix banned. And banning Angry Birds? Isn’t there something more pressing that needs to be patched?

For our money, a sensible BYOD strategy doesn’t try and ban anything; it focuses on ring-fencing the personal aspects of a portable device (which your penny-pinching company probably didn’t pay for anyway) from the sensitive corporate data. Clearly we’re some way from realising that vision.

[via Business Insider]


7 responses to “The Smartphone Apps Companies Usually Ban”