An inside look at the top 10 Android & iOS apps banned in the enterprise

by David Needle

June 7 2013

The rise of BYOD has also brought with it the rise of BYOA - Bring Your Own Apps. But while a growing number of companies are okay with employees using their own devices for work, IT departments can exercise more control over what apps are allowed access to corporate data and networks.

Mobile Device Management (MDM) provider Fiberlink, set out to find out what apps are most frequently banned by analyzing data from the 2 million+ devices they manage for businesses worldwide.

Many popular consumer apps head the lists of blacklisted (banned) apps, while one of those same apps (Dropbox) also shows up on on the top 10 Whitelisted (allowed) apps for iOS.

Fiberlink also notes that the customers in the Manufacturing and Services industry have more blacklisted app policies than any other industry.

Another interesting nugget from the company's research is that less than 10% of its customers have a policy in place for either Blacklisted or Whitelisted Apps on iOS devices, while that percentage drops to less than 5% for Android devices.

Top 10 Blacklisted Apps: iOS Devices

Dropbox
SugarSync
BoxNet
Facebook
Google Drive
Pandora
SkyDrive
Angry Birds
HOCCER
Netflix

Top 10 Blacklisted Apps: Android Devices

Dropbox
Facebook
Netflix
Google+
Angry Birds
Google Play Movies & TV
Google Play Books
Sugarsync
Google Play Music
Google+ Hangouts

Top 10 Whitelisted Apps: iOS Devices

iBooks
Adobe Reader
Google
Citrix Receiver
Numbers
Dropbox
Pages
itunes U
Keynote
WebEx

Top Whitelisted Apps: Android Devices

NITDroid
Adobe Reader
Lookout
Google
Skype
Citrix Receiver
Android Translator
Antivirus
ZXing
Google Maps

David Needle is Editor of TabTimes and based in Silicon Valley.
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  • audreychu
    1 year 2 weeks ago

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  • alexjones
    1 year 3 weeks ago

    Looking at the list, I can understand blacklisting Facebook, Pandora and Angrybirds, but some of the apps that are blacklisted have valid security features. IT departments are going to have to do more than just blacklistings apps, they are going to have to listen to users and what their needs are and respond by getting secure apps for them to use. Our IT department did this when they found our doctors violating HIPAA compliance by text patient info to admin, they got everyone TigerText which allows for HIPAA texting. This is just an example, but a great IT department will find app that allow the users to get the full benefit of BYOD without the security issues.

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