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Sunday, March 20, 2011

7 Things You Should Know About Mobile Security and iPad Apps for Learning

Look at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, the "7 Things You Should Know about..." series.

7 Things You Should Know About Mobile Security

Very small computing devices represent a new frontier in the computer security war. Mobile devices amplify existing security concerns while introducing a new set of risks, but most people have an incomplete understanding of the full range of threats and the measures to limit their exposure.
Large and fast-growing numbers of people from all walks of life use smartphones and other mobile devices for a widening range of activities, including conducting financial transactions and exchanging other sensitive information.
This explosion of mobile devices quickly erodes the control that institutions might otherwise have had. Mobile users also put privacy at risk when they share location information because knowing where individuals are—or where they are not—can be powerful information in the hands of stalkers, burglars, advertisers, and others. At the same time, the rising tide of awareness of security risks for mobile devices should benefit the security of all devices.
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7 Things You Should Know About iPad Apps for Learning

Applications designed for the iPad offer interactive content that takes advantage of touch-screen navigation. The iPad combines robust computational functionality with a screen large enough to serve as a legitimate replacement for printed textbooks and other course materials. Where the iPad applications have led, other tablets and their attendant applications can be expected to follow, creating a more competitive and diverse market for tools of this type. Applications that live in the spaces where education and entertainment overlap can capture the imagination, enticing students to learn on their own.