BYOD Policy: Security Implementation Guide

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When I was a child, I wanted nothing more than the tablet device that Penny, the character in Inspector Gadget had. You could read on it, use it as a computer, the functionality was limitless. Fast forward to current, I now have that device and it scares the living daylights out of me. How did Penny not get hacked? Did she put tape over the webcam? What OS was that device running to never be affected from outside communications? What protections were or are in place and how can the security holes and threats be mitigated?