Mobile management: How iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, and the rest stack up

Enterprise-grade security and manageability aren't exclusive to BlackBerry; here's what each major mobile OS delivers

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Mobile security and management capabilities compared

Key: EAS = via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync; BES = via BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.x; 3PS = via third-party server; NA=information not available

Capability

Apple iOS 3.x, 4.x

Google Android 2.x

Hewlett-Packard WebOS 1.x, 2.0

Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.x

Microsoft Windows Phone 7

Nokia Symbian 2.x, 3.x [1]

RIM BlackBerry 5.x, 6.x

On-device encryption

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

Yes [2]

Yes

Over-the-air data encryption

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Complex passwords

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Enforce password policies

Yes [3]

EAS [4] (AOS 2.2 only)

EAS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

BES

Support VPNs

Yes

Yes

Yes (WebOS 2.0 only)

No  No

Yes

Yes

Disable camera

Yes [3]

No

No

EAS, 3PS

No

No

BES

Restrict/block app stores

Yes [3]

No

No

EAS, 3PS

No

No

BES

Restrict/block wireless LANs

Yes [3]

No

No

EAS, 3PS

No

No

BES

Remote lockout

Yes [3]

EAS (AOS 2.2 only), 3PS (AOS 2.2 only)

EAS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

No

BES

Remote wipe

Yes [3]

EAS (AOS 2.2 only), 3PS (AOS 2.2 only)

EAS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

BES

Selective wipe of business apps and data only

3PS (iOS4 only)

No

No

No

No

No

BES (BB OS6 only)

Enforce and manage policies

EAS, 3PS (iOS4 only)

EAS (AOS 2.2 only)

EAS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

BES

EAS policies supported

14

9 (AOS 2.2 only) [5]

5

29 [6]

7

NA

none [7]

Manage over the air

EAS, 3PS (iOS4 only)

EAS (AOS2.2 only), 3PS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

BES

Second-factor authentication (RSA SecurID)

No

No

No

Yes [8]

No

No

Yes [8]

Notes: [1] Some Nokia E-series and N-series devices only; [2] storage cards not encrypted; [3 ] via choice of Apple iPhone Configuration Utility (no over-the-air confirmation or auditing), EAS, and 3PS; [4] require PIN only; [5] some third-party email client applications support additional EAS policies within those applications only; [6] Exchange Server Enterprise license required for support of all 29 EAS policies, lower-tier licenses support 15 EAS policies; [7] BES supports more than 400 policies of its own; [8] some device models only.

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