While this isn’t surprising, it really gets me thinking: Mobile computing is getting a lot attention in the business world right now, but the topic of security is rarely discussed. When you really think about, mobile security is much more difficult than typical PC security.
What makes mobile security more difficult than regular PC security? First, mobile devices have all the security risks of a normal PC: They are susceptible to attacks just like any other computer. Also, users can accidentally download malicious software (apps) and compromise company data.
Secondly, mobile devices are increasingly more likely to get stolen, and very easy to lose. While a lost or stolen phone is easily replaced, it opens your business up to a data breach. The real question: How can you minimize your risks of a data breach caused by a lost or stolen phone?
The answer is simple: Don’t store critical data on mobile devices. If your company is planning on building mobile apps, this is even more important. This is where the difference between mobile web and native apps really stands out.
Native apps store data on the device itself. If the phone is lost or stolen, it puts you at greater risk of a security breach. On the other hand, mobile web apps don’t store data on the device. Instead, all data is stored securely on your database. A lost or stolen phone doesn’t pose a security risk.
That’s just one huge advantage that mobile web apps hold over native apps for business users. If you want to read more, check out this free whitepaper entitled: “Mobile web apps: The best option for business?”