Top 10 Apps Banned By Australian Enterprises

Larger organisations typically have systems and processes to manage mobile devices on their corporate networks. It’s not uncommon for these organisations to blacklist certain apps, be it for security or productivity reasons. Mobile device management vendor MobileIron has unveiled a list of the top 10 apps banned by Australian enterprises .

MobileIron has around 12,000 customers around the world and specialises in enterprise mobile management (EMM) solutions. The company looked at anonymised data from its own customer-base to find out which mobile apps are most commonly banned in Australian organisations.

Without further ado, here’s the list of the top 10 apps banned by Australian enterprise:

  1. Angry birds
  2. Facebook
  3. Dropbox
  4. Google Drive
  5. Box
  6. Twitter
  7. WhatsApp
  8. Skype
  9. Viber
  10. Clash of Clans

Some of the apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Clash of Clans, a mobile game, are likely blacklisted because they may impact staff productivity. But banning cloud storage apps such as Google Drive, Box and Dropbox could be a way that enterprise IT departments try to combat the growing problem of Shadow IT, reduce the chance of data loss and prevent other security compromises due to human error.

Another mobility issue that MobileIron looked at was the amount of Australian enterprises that enforce operating system updates. Alarmingly, only seven per cent of organisations do this, just a smidgen below the global average of eight per cent.

MobileIron CEO Barry Mainz noted that enforcing operating system updates that are released is crucial for the security of end-users device and organisations as they often provide patches to known vulnerabilities.

Has your company banned any apps that didn’t make the top 10 list? Let us know int the comments.

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