One thing we've all learned over the past 2-3 months, is that physical communications is crucial not only to allow you to continue to work, but also for the sake of our mental health and well being.
Imagine what lockdown would have looked like 20 years ago when all we had was 14.4kbps dial up modems; remember them? If you do, you'll also remember that mobile phones were almost the size of house bricks, and battery life was virtually non-existent!
I heard a statistic today that blew me away: the number of users of zoom.us has risen from 700,000 in February this year to 14 million now; that's just staggering!
I think it's fair to say we'll all do business a little differently in the future, but stop to consider something else for just a second: security.
With all of the extra time we've been spending on line on our various devices, how much consideration have we given to security? It's fair to say that most people pay it only lip-service at the best of times, which is why cyber crime is now one of the most prolific and profitable forms of criminal activity.
I think we're all better at securing our laptops and desktop PC's with known anti-virus and anti-malware tools, but what about our other smart devices. Apple is more secure by design, at least that's whet we're told, but Android has always been plagued with security issues, and the stigma of that has never really, fully gone away.
So what can we do to address this? Well here's one option. This won't be for everyone by any means, but those of you out there looking after HNW and UHNW clients may want to give this a look, along with those of you who are fed up carrying around two or more devices, one for work use and one for personal use.
Bittium specialises in the development of reliable, secure communications and connectivity solutions, leveraging over 30 years of expertise in advanced radio communication technologies.
Their latest offering, the Tough Mobile 2 provides one of the most secure ecosystems I have ever seen. Data is protected at all times with multi-layered security, integrated in hardware and source code.
It boasts next generation tamper detection for preventing data theft and spying and a hardware based privacy mode that will disable microphones, cameras and Bluetooth and reduce the sensitivity of other on board sensors.
The Tough Mobile 2 can come with or without the Google suite of products, and has completely separate areas for work and personal data. In fact it is possible to have multiple different workspaces with Bittium's Multicontainer technology. Swipe into one for work and another for your personal and domestic use. Both are completely separate and totally secure.
So who needs this device? The answer is:
"anyone who values the security and integrity of their data"
The price point for this device puts it on a par with the high end Samsung and Apple offerings, but the Tough Mobile 2 has security features arguably more advanced than either of those devices.