There are a number of tools that you can use to encrypt a Mac. Many of these cost around $100 per year, per system. And these days, most of the tools for the Mac simply use the built-in options in OS X, which leverage a technology called FileVault. These options include enabling the encryption process, defining a place to put keys to decrypt a drive if you need them, and configuring basic options for the keys.
Did you know Bushel can do much of this for you? The way Bushel does this is pretty straight forward. You simply enable the Disk Encryption toggle on the Device Security tab of the Settings page.
Then, any device that hasn’t already been encrypted will start the encryption process and save the key back to your Bushel account. That key is available in the device page for any device in the account where Bushel enabled encryption. If there are devices that had FileVault enabled before they were added to your Bushel account, if you want those keys escrowed in Bushel, you will need to disable FileVault on the device (which requires about an hour or two hour decryption process that doesn’t hamper a user’s ability to work) and then re-enable FileVault through Bushel. Once done, you’ll see the keys for the device.
Overall, encryption is a very easy feature to use. And we would recommend doing so pretty much universally. If you only used this feature of Bushel, you’d still be saving around $75 per computer over industry standard tools. We recommend only using those if your business requirements have you performing tasks that Bushel can’t.
Starting today, Bushel can be used to deploy Volume Purchase Program (VPP) apps to Apple devices running iOS 9 or OS X 10.11 El Capitan without the need for an Apple ID. That’s right, no Apple ID required!
While countless businesses use Mobile Device Management (MDM) and VPP for app distribution, each individual device has traditionally required an Apple ID. With this Apple ID requirement, organizations had to come up with a strategy to get a unique Apple ID on every device. Some created company-owned Apple IDs and others allowed an employee to use his or her personal Apple ID. In either case, this process presented some challenging logistics.
With Apple’s recent introduction of this new app deployment method alongside the release of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, VPP apps can now be assigned directly to your organization’s iPads, iPhones and Macs. There is no VPP invitation process and no need for an Apple ID on the devices. This greatly simplifies the critical task of deploying apps to devices.
If it makes sense for your deployment, or if devices are running previous operating systems, the Apple ID assignment method will remain available. This can also be helpful if your employees own multiple devices because one app assignment can be downloaded across an employee’s multiple devices (i.e. iPad and iPhone). If you have shared devices, or if you don’t want to work through the logistics of creating an Apple ID strategy, Bushel can now assign VPP apps directly to each device.
To take advantage of this new app deployment feature with Bushel, be sure to upgrade iPads and iPhones to iOS 9 and Macs to OS X 10.11 El Capitan. If you haven’t already created a free Volume Purchase Program account for your organization, you can get started here: Volume Purchase Program for Business.
Bushel is Mobile Device Management, simplified for smaller environments and now allows your organization to deploy VPP apps over the air, no Apple ID required. Create your own Bushel account and manage three devices for free, forever. Additional devices are just $2 per device per month. Get started at www.bushel.com.
For the second time this month, Apple has released a major new operating system. Today, OS X 10.11 El Capitan became available in the Mac App Store. We are pleased to announce that, even with the significant changes in the operating system, Bushel extends full compatibility to Macs running this latest release. That means that all of your managed Macs within Bushel can be upgraded to OS X 10.11 and new Macs can be enrolled as well. In other words, your users should take advantage of this free software update!
Apple’s latest release adds a number of solid enhancements that businesses will love. New features like Split View for multitasking and an improved Spotlight will allow you to get even more out of your Mac. Notes inherit new functionality that was first introduced with iOS 9 and Mail gains improved full-screen support and swipe gestures. Importantly, El Capitan offers the latest security features and several under the hood improvements to boost performance.
One of the things we love about Apple is how accessible these free updates really are. Most Macs going back to 2007 can run this update. That means your business can do more on all of your existing Macs. Head on over to the Mac App Store to download El Capitan. If you are looking for more information about how to upgrade, Apple has an Upgrade Page just for you.
There’s lots for businesses to be excited about with iOS 9. From easier multitasking on iPad, commuting with Transit view in Maps, enhanced notes, to an all new News app—there are lots of ways that business users can make the most of their iPads and iPhones by migrating to iOS 9. We encourage users to take advantage of iOS 9. Their devices will remain fully compatible with Bushel.
As your users get ready to update, below are some best practices around updating an iOS device:
Always backup your device before running a software update. This can be done with either iCloud or iTunes (or both). Having a proper backup ensures that you’ll never risk losing information. This article provides more details on how to backup: https://www.apple.com/support/iphone/backup/
Users should know ALL of their passwords before updating. This includes their Apple ID password, iCloud password, email password and any other account credentials that may be saved on the device. These passwords may need to be entered again after the update. If a user has forgotten his or her Apple ID password, it can be changed at iforgot.apple.com.
Let your users know that there could be some downtime with their device during the update. Their device can be used while the update is downloading, however installation will restart the device.This can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes to complete the install.
After the device is up-to-date, the user may be asked to enter passwords. After passwords are entered, users should also run any available app updates. Many apps will already have updates ready for the iOS 9 release and over the course of the next few days, most apps will have updates. It is important to run these updates to ensure all of your apps are optimized to run on iOS 9.
If you have any issues with your iOS 9 update, head on over to support.apple.com or visit your local Apple Store for assistance.