Posted by Charles Edge on October 28th, 2015

Security is multi-layered. Bushel enables some settings on your Macs that help to keep you secure. But there’s another layer that we believe in: Backup. We protect devices, but a good backup ensures the long-term availability of the data that is on those devices, giving you the peace of mind to wipe or erase a device in the event that the device falls outside your control.

There are a number of tools to backup your Macs. The first and probably most important to discuss is Time Machine. Time Machine is free. There aren’t a lot of options. As with many Apple services, Apple has made some key discussions on your behalf. With Time Machine, you plug in a drive, say backup to it, and then boot holding down the R key to restore in the event of a system failure. I’m not really sure you can get an easier backup tool.

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Many will need more options.  For those, I recommend checking out CrashPlan. They have a free option, where you can backup to your friends computers (your data is encrypted and safe) or backup to their cloud. It’s not bootable for restores, but the raw technology that is built into the product is super-impressive (from data deduplication and other nerdiness to a clean user interface).

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In addition to CrashPlan, there are other tools, including BackblazeCarbonite, Mozy, iDrive, OpenDrive, SOS, and DollyDrive. These are the more common tools that we see for the Mac clients. There are certainly larger products that support tape libraries and the such, including P5 from Archiware. But for many reading this site, those are likely overkill.

No matter what you do, make sure that you know exactly what steps you will perform in the event of a file being deleted, of a whole system failure, and if you need to restore a backup to another computer for eDiscovery purposes. And good luck out there!

Posted by Charles Edge on January 14th, 2015

After months of working on Bushel, we’re super proud to announce that we’re leaving our pilot phase and are now generally available! With this full release comes a new logo, some new screens and we’re stoked to have everyone let us know what you think!


Posted by Charles Edge on January 7th, 2015

Apple Mobile Device Management (MDM for short) is a means of distributing data and settings to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and OS X. Using MDM, you can push email, security settings, apps, app settings and even content through devices. Bushel uses Apple’s MDM to push these to Apple devices. There are some limitations and misconceptions, so here are 5 things you should know about how Apple Mobile Device Management really works:

  1. Your data doesn’t route through Apple. All Push Notifications do route through Apple, but the data in these is small and minor. For example, if you use Bushel to push an email account to a device, the email settings (which are otherwise easily attainable on the Internet) are applied to a new email account on a device; however, the mail password never flows through that connection. The Push notification that goes through Apple only indicates there is a setting on the Apple Mobile Device Management solution, the Mobile Device Management suite sends the settings and then the person using the device provides the password, building in at least 2 layers of security between Apple and the password.Unknown
  2. You cannot change the background of an iOS device through MDM. Apple doesn’t allow changing the background of a device except using the device itself. You can restore a backup to a lot of devices to get a consistent background on devices, using Apple Configurator or iTunes. But no MDM solution can mass change backgrounds of iOS devices.
  3. You must have your own APNS certificate. The hardest part of setting up a Bushel account is installing your Apple Push Notification certificate. We know this. But installing a Push Notification Certificate, and renewing it when it expires is necessary for all Mobile Device Management suites.
  4. If you send a VPP app to a device from any Mobile Device Management solution then that app is removable. If you send a web-clip then whether it’s removable is optional. If you remove the device from the Apple Mobile Device Management solution then the app will always remove. The web-clip will remove only if it’s been set to being removable.
  5. All devices added to an Apple Mobile Device Management solution through DEP devices are supervised and can only be unsupervised if you remove the device via DEP. DEP is one option to enroll but there are many others if you don’t need users unboxing and setting up their own devices.

There are hundreds of other little factoids out there about MDM. But these are the most common questions we’ve gotten recently!

Posted by Charles Edge on December 30th, 2014

We’ve been super busy here at Bushel this year, launching a new product to help setup and manage Apple devices, and contributing as much as we can to the most excellent Apple community. And the community has been super good to us. So we decided to do a quick round-up of the 10 most popular of these posts that we’ve done so far!

  1. Why Bushel Exists, And What That Means To You
  2. 5 Awesome Fitness Tracking Apps for iOS
  3. What is DEP?
  4. Creating Apple IDs Without Extra Email Addresses
  5. Etymology Of The Word Bushel
  6. 10 Things to Know When Using Bushel With Apple Configurator
  7. Using Gmail with Bushel
  8. Invite Your Friends To Bushel!
  9. 10 Ways To Make Your iOS 8 Experience Better Than Ever
  10. Using Bushel In Retail Environments

Overall, we’ve done so well this year and we’ll keep on contributing as much as time allows to the community that is helping us to do so well over the coming months and years. We look forward to what we can all do together in 2015 and thanks again!