Secure Spaces allows you to create areas (Spaces) on your Android device to keep your work and personal accounts, apps and data separate. You can create as many Personal Spaces as you want. You can initiate the creation of as many Work Spaces as you need. Work Spaces will be approved and managed by your company IT administrator. Be assured that your IT administrator cannot see any other Spaces on your device. There is also an Open Space where you can place apps that you may want to share with other users of your device. The apps and data in one space cannot be access by the apps and data in another space.
Secure Spaces will be embedded on your Android phone or tablet either by the manufacturer or your mobile operator. Look under Settings to see if Secure Spaces is listed. Contact us for a trial.
No. Secure Spaces is only available for Android 4.3+ devices.
You can create as many Personal Spaces as you want and you can have as many Work Spaces as needed. There is only one Open Space on a device. Personal Spaces are created and managed by you. Work Spaces are initiated by you but approved and managed by your employer. Your employer cannot see your Personal Spaces.
Work Spaces are a Secure Space where you have delegated management to your employer.
You initiate the creation of the Work Space from your device – it is your choice and you can always delete the Work Space. Your IT Group will activate the Work Space and set the policy. They can control things such as password length, complexity and duration, data encryption, the allowed Apps in the Work Space, plus WiFi , VPN, email and contacts settings. If the company uses an MDM solution some device wide things such as camera control, network access, etc may be controlled by your IT. Once the Work Space is on your device it will be managed, over time, by your IT group. They can update the policy and wipe the Work Space should you lose your device. Because Secure Spaces are isolated from each other your IT Group cannot see the existence of, nor anything inside, your Personal Spaces or an Open Space.
Most people use Open Spaces for Apps they want to be able to access quickly and/or do not contain sensitive data. The idea of an Open Space is to allow temporary sharing, but you can configure it anyway you want. Our studies show that users typically keep their accounts (Gmail, Facebook, credit card, Google Play, etc) in their Personal Space. They put their kids games, various “free” Apps in their Open Space so that they cannot perform in-app purchases or access contacts or other permissions that many of these apps request. They put maps and browser access in their Open Space for the purpose of sharing.
Some of our user separate their various accounts (email, gaming, facebook) into different Personal Spaces. This allows them to tailor a Space to certain activities, messaging and/or isolate their on-line personas.
You can create your own name for each Space under Settings -> Secure Spaces -> then select the Space you want -> then select “Name” and enter a new name. We will be adding more customization options soon.
Secure Spaces is built into the operating system, so the security is much better than just an application-level approach. All the data files are segregated into different directory and permissions enforced so that Apps in one Space cannot access data in another Space regardless of the permission they requested during install. In addition, Secure Spaces leverages something called Security Enhanced Android, or SE Android, which was adopted by Google in Jelly Bean (4.3). This further ensures one Space cannot access another Space, except by pre-approved mechanisms. It also protects your whole device from malicious software and root kits, which means you can surf and download without worries of your identity or personal data being stolen.
No. You can use the Open Space and Personal Spaces without registering. If you do register, you can find your device or wipe your Spaces remotely if your device is misplaced or stolen. Creating a Work Space does register that Work Space only, which is necessary because your IT will be managing the Work Space.
Most Android phones have a Google Account. We use an authentication protocol called OAuth which is supported by Google, Twitter and others. This means we don’t actually store your passwords. If you change your password with any of these accounts you can access Secure Spaces with the new password. This is better for you, more secure and simpler for us!