Smartphones and tablets are rapidly taking over tasks previously performed by desktop PCs or laptops. This is great for businesses, as employees with mobile devices can remain connected and work from just about anywhere. However, there’s one problem with the mobile revolution that all businesses must consider: These smartphones and tablets are very easy to lose.
As smartphones are used for more and more business-related tasks, we increase the risk of losing important data. What happens when your smartphone falls out of your pocket on the train? What happens when you accidentally leave it at a restaurant? Any data stored on that device is at risk.
What’s the answer?
It’s simple: Take the mobile web app approach. Unlike their native counterparts, mobile web apps don’t store data on the device itself. Instead, they access data stored in your database, behind as much security as necessary. For instance, if data is confidential, you could place that data behind a secure sign on page and force users to log in every time. Because nothing is stored on the phone, a lost/stolen phone poses no risk. Just a phone replacement.
If your company is considering mobile apps, make sure you read this free guide entitled, “The beginner’s guide to building mobile apps for your business.” As the title suggests, it provides you with all the information you should know before you start your project. If you want to learn about a new way to create mobile web apps that allows one web app to look and feel native on any device (smartphone, tablet, or PC), check out this blog post.