The ways that people use the Internet continue to evolve. It used to only be possible to gain online access from the use of a computer. Because of this, businesses that needed the Internet for functions of their operation could only perform those tasks while they were physically at their place of work. Now, however, the creation of smart phones has led to businesses being able to allow their employees to perform business transactions anywhere at any time. But because the exchange of company data over mobile devices creates a new risk due to the possibility of a device being lost or stolen, businesses are needing ways to ensure that company data does not end up in the wrong hands. To assist with this, there are mobile device management software services that can provide businesses with the necessary tools to protect company data.
Smart phones are very widely used for searching the Internet now, with studies showing that a full quarter of over 1.2 billion people use smart phones to access the Internet and a surprising 25 percent of Internet users exclusive access it from a mobile device. With these studies, it was also seen that mobile searches quadrupled in the past year.
Of North American iPad owners, 67 percent take their device to the office to use. Some businesses have what are known as bring your own device, or BYOD, programs that allow employees to use their own personal mobile devices for business functions. Of these businesses, 71 percent do not have specific security policies or procedures. Mobile device management software companies can help a business implement security policies and procedures to protect company data that is exchanged over devices. In the event that a mobile device is lost or stolen, mobile device management systems can remotely erase sensitive company data.