Secure Remote Access to Mac Desktops

Posted by Sabrina Sturm Tue, 25 Oct 2011 06:50:00 GMT

According to recent statistics, telecommuting roles are expected to increase by 65 percent by 2012. Additionally, numerous studies continue to confirm the importance of flexible hours and workplaces in today's economy. Simply put, organizations today are looking to provide employees with flexibility via anytime, anywhere secure remote access. Those who can benefit include employees on business trips and sales representatives or service personnel who are required to work off-site. Many enterprises also want or need to integrate customers or partners into their corporate networks in order to ensure faster and improved service performance.

Although Windows-based computers make up the largest portion of the overall PC market, the consistent growth of Macs can't be ignored. Per new NPD data cited by Barclays Capital, Mac sales grew by 26 percent in the United States in July, a healthy surge, compared with PCs, which saw only a four percent rise in unit sales that same month. From graphic artists to office employees, there is clearly a need for businesses to securely and remotely access Macs on the road or at home. Another issue is security. Since many agencies utilize freelancers, data protection is paramount. With secure remote access, all data is safely and centrally stored on company networks. One technology solution meeting this business need is HOB MacGate.

With HOB MacGate, an employee can access his or her company's Mac from any remote computer (for example, from the employee's own personal Mac). Once logged in, users see the desktop of the remote system on the client computer, and can work with it as if they were in the company.

A great advantage of HOB MacGate is that users need not install any software on the client. A remote desktop session to the Mac is launched seamlessly through a Web browser. In addition, access to Macs is possible from any client platform including Windows, Linux or even from another Mac. Moreover, in contrast to other desktop-on-demand solutions, HOB MacGate includes a “hidden screen-mode”, i.e. the screen of the remote computer displays the login screen, preventing people in the company from reading along. HOB MacGate is powered by the company’s HOB Remote Desktop VPN.

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The Notebook Affair September 2010

Posted by Inge Peterson Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:38:00 GMT

Brandenburg Secretary of the Interior, Rainer Speer, Resigns!

Keeping Confidential Data Confidential

If money from banks were transported in laundry baskets then put in the back seats of convertibles and driven across the country, everyone would marvel and realize that something here was definitely being carelessly dealt with.  The carelessness with which personal and confidential data is dealt with over mobile devices isn’t perhaps as obvious as a convertible filled with loose cash but is, in current common practice, comparable.

The notebook affair which surrounds Rainer Speer who recently resigned as Brandenburg’s Secretary of the Interior, is only one example of many involving irresponsible dealings.

The former Secretary of the Interior of Brandenburg, Rainer Speer’s notebook was stolen.  A fate shared by many, around 10,000 notebooks per week are stolen in U.S. airports alone and the trend is growing.  This situation, in which some of the data in the minister’s notebook were opened including numerous emails, certainly caused unpleasant repercussions to his political career.

Why do people treat their confidential data so carelessly, carrying it around on PDA’s and notebooks while going for a walk?  Why don’t they ask the responsible IT specialists who have advanced technical knowledge to prevail against disaster?  The desire to use mobile devices won’t go away and that is a fact even though the results could be unpleasant. Data encryption and password protection of mobile devices are widely used protection methods but they don’t prove to be any kind of insurmountable obstacle for the experienced computer specialist.

There is only one effective and reasonable protection – confidential data doesn’t belong on mobile devices!

Of course all data, even confidential data, should always be accessible at any time and be workable but it shouldn’t be possible to save it on these mobile devices. Confidential data belongs on storage media on the central computer in locked, secure spaces behind firewall systems.  Responsible IT personnel put in a lot of effort and businesses invest a great deal of money for the security of data. 

It is entirely enough to limit these efforts to secure central storage of data because there is no need to carry data around on decentralized mobile devices.  If data is just carried around, then the security of confidential data can no longer be ensured.

The employee, who can potentially let confidential data get out in the open, even though involuntarily and carelessly, takes full responsibility simply because notebooks or PDA’s are easy to steal.

The Solution:

HOBLink Mobile and HOBCOM Universal Server.  A highly secure, extremely effective solution whenever using mobile devices which allows access to data and applications just as if they were saved locally to the storage media of the mobile device itself. All alterations to the data which are made over the mobile device will remain but will be saved, no matter at what time, in the central computer.

For more information about HOBLink Mobile and HOBCOM Universal Server

Related Information:

HOB eSecure SDK - SSL Software Development Kit for Mobile Security Apps

Source- "Notebookklau":
Ponemon Institute

25.10.10 Klaus Weinbrenner

Translated on 16.09.2011 by I. Peterson

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HOBLink Mobile – Greater Independence when Accessing Company Data via Smartphones

Posted by hob Thu, 13 Oct 2011 09:14:00 GMT

Do you use your smartphone for business purposes and need to access company resources, e.g., e-mails  or data, at any time without restrictions? An outage – such as the one reported by the BlackBerry manufacturer RIM yesterday – is not acceptable ( ? Since yesterday, users of BlackBerry have to bear with huge disruptions , amongst others when trying to access e-mails. This holds  true for customers in Europe and other parts of the world. RIM stated that the disruptions have been caused by a breakdown of a main switch within RIM´s infrastructure. A backup does not work properly, either. When the problem will be solved completely is not yet known.

With HOBLink Mobile you may deal with such situations really stress-free. You do not need to fear an interruption of your business continuity. HOBLink Mobile allows for a fast, secure and around-the-clock access  via a smartphone to company e-mails, for example.

HOBLink Mobile is based on two components which communicate with each other. The HOBLink Mobile Client is installed on the smartphone. The second component, HOBCOM Universal Server, is placed within the DMZ or in the company LAN. This solution allows for secure access to data, without downloading any data to the smartphone. Only the data that are currently needed are sent to the smartphone. In addition, this has the major advantage that data are never stored on the smartphone, i.e., in case of loss or theft sensitive data will not get into wrong hands. 

This provides the user with a great amount of independence. Service disruptions on the part of your service provider will not worry you in the future. Learn more about our HOB solution HOBLink Mobile at

Sabrina Sturm


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