#mobile device management

Posted by Charles Edge on October 30th, 2015

A common question we get in the media is whether or not an employer can look at email on an employees device. The answer is that an employer cannot use Bushel to see mail or content on a device. This isn’t to say that you can’t use your Exchange, Office 365, or Google Apps administrative accounts to view your email. But Bushel doesn’t have anything to do with that.

Apple has a strong sense of privacy around devices. Devices should be able to be used to access your data (email, app content, etc) in such a way that you have no concern about the privacy of that data. You cannot view what someone is doing on a device unless that user specifically AirPlays their display to another device. You cannot see data as it’s being transferred to devices. You cannot see what Apple ID is used on a device.

But you can secure the data. You can silo your organizations data using Managed Open-In. This allows you to flag all data coming through mail accounts and apps that your organization gave a device so that those files cannot be copied to mail accounts and apps that your organization did not give a device. This doesn’t mean you can see those files, or access them. Only that you can control how they move within devices.

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Overall, the privacy controls for iPads and iPhones are the most well thought out and well orchestrated security controls in the industry. A user can have a solid sense that their data is only able to be viewed by them, without concern that prying eyes are creeping on their devices. And an employer can have a sense of security that their data can be pulled from devices they own and BYOD devices, in the event that there is turnover or a device falls outside of their control.

Posted by Charles Edge on October 26th, 2015

Bushel is made by JAMF Software. JAMF Software has been named the 14th of the 50 fastest growing companies in the Twin Cities! Read more here at http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/print-edition/2015/10/23/fast-50-no-14-jamf-software.html and learn a little more about our company.

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Posted by Charles Edge on May 27th, 2015

A lot of people who have signed up for Bushel work for Apple partners, resellers, consultants, and specialists. A few weeks ago, we introduced a way for you to refer your friends to Bushel to gain free devices for yourself. Now we’re going a step further and inviting you to become an affiliate to monetize your referrals to Bushel!

The Bushel Affiliate Program is as easy to set up as, well, Bushel. Go to http://affiliates.bushel.com and give us some basic information about your organization (like tax stuff), and we’ll give you some simple links to have your customers and partners use when they sign up for Bushel. Then, we’ll send you a percentage of what your customers pay us. It’s just that easy. No contracts. No minimum sales. No fuss. No problems.

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But wait, there’s more! If you post your affiliate link on social media within the next two weeks, we’ll even send you a special gift (yes, a real physical gift in the real physical mail and yes, it is a pair of those sweet sunglasses). Just tag us in your post so we know you shared it in case we don’t see it on our own!

Posted by Brittany Vogel on May 18th, 2015

Email server settings can be difficult for users to understand. Having the ability to set up your email server settings using Bushel makes life a lot easier for you and your users. Below I show you how to turn on email settings and assign a user their email address on their device.

1. Log in to your Bushel account at login.bushel.com

2. Click on settings in the blue bar to the left of the window.

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3. You now have the option to select the email type your organization users. For instance, if your organization uses Exchange, you would click on the switch to the right of Exchange to toggle it on. The IMAP/POP and Exchange options will have you input your mail server information.

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4. Once you have selected your mail option and input any information that needs to be provided, click on the green Update Email Settings button.

If you set up email settings before Open Enrollment, the Open Enrollment page will ask the user for their email address. This will assign the email to this device without you manually assigning.

If the email account you want to manage is already set up on the device, you need to remove the email account from the device so Bushel can add account settings. Otherwise, Bushel will see Bushel stating that the email address is not managed on the devices page.

If you have devices already enrolled with no email assigned, you can assign an email address to your user in the device page. Here’s how.

1. In the Device page on your Bushel account, click on the device you would like to assign an email address to.

2. Under device details, you will see an Assigned To box. Click on Assign Device.

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3. Fill out the details in the box provided. Click on the green Assign Device button.

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Now the next time your device checks in with Bushel, it will add the email account information so all the user has to do is input their password.

Posted by Charles Edge on May 13th, 2015

Many choose a pretty long company name when signing up for Bushel. The Open Enrollment link is generated based on the shortened version of this company name. This link can then be supplied to your users to make it quick and easy for them to enroll (or add) devices into your Bushel. Some end up with a company name that’s difficult to tell others or difficult for others to type. Many of our customers would also like a link on their site that customers can be pointed to. There are a few ways of achieving shorter, easier, or custom links. We’ll go through two, but there are a lot of other strategies you can use as well.

Use A URL Shortener

The first and easiest way to get a short link to your open enrollment page is to use a URL shortening service, such as bit.ly. If you go to the bit.ly site, you can simply type in an address in the text entry field and click on Shorten.

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The page then shows you a shorter link. These links will usually difficult to verbalize, but shorter for sure. Click Copy to get the link into your clipboard and you can then email or text it to whomever you like.

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Redirect From A Page On Your Site

An easier item to tell people if you’re calling them and stepping them through adding their device to Bushel is a URL that is your site and then something like /bushel or /enroll. I find that many people misspell enroll, so I’d use something else, but the concept is the same. To do this, we’ll add to your bag of tricks a very little piece of code for redirecting a website to another place. 301 redirects are usually better, but a basic redirection page is also very helpful in a number of situations. The following example code can be saved as an index.html page and will redirect traffic from one site to another. A common use of this is to redirect an http site to an https site or to redirect from a page on your site to a page on another site, like ours. In this example, we’ll place this index page in the web directory for http://pretendco.bushel.com on your webserver server so when people go to enroll, they use the URL http://www.pretendco.com/bushel (switching out pretendco.com with your organization’s domain). When visited, the link will simply redirect users to the new site:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<HTML>
<HEAD>
<TITLE>Bushel Enrollment Secure Redirect</title>
<meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="0;url=https://www.krypted.com">
</HEAD>
<BODY>
You will now be redirected to https://pretendco.bushel.com
</BODY>
</HTML>

Above, we create an HTML tag, a heading tag, a title tag and finally the meta http-equiv refresh. The content used between the body tag is simply to inform a user who might happen to see this site what is happening. Simply copy this into an html file and you’re off to the races. If using OS X Server, you can drop into /Library/WebServer/Documents by default, to redirect users elsewhere. For each web server, that location, which is relative to the root Apache folder of your site.