One of the things that can frustrate mobile users when using an iPhone or iPad for work is needing to repeatedly enter passcodes other user account credentials like a user name and password. Often because of a mobile device’s size and virtual keyboard, this process can seem more onerous than it does while using a Mac or PC in the office.
A growing number of apps and mobile management tools are becoming available that make it relatively easy to safely store business data in an encrypted and secure container on an iPhone or iPad. Realizing that security requires verifying a user’s identity when accessing specific apps or content after the device has been unlocked. Advantages to this include significant increases in mobile data security and the ability to wipe just the business data off of a device if it is lost or stolen.
The downside is the need for mobile users to repeatedly enter credentials – a downside that one mobile developer is helping iOS users sidestep
Often mobile users need to enter their credentials more frequently than they do while using a desktop PC. The reason being that a desktop PC is typically bound to a Windows Active Directory domain. That domain uses a process known as Single Sign-On that can grant users access to a range of network resources – file shares, a corporate intranet, Exchange or other email systems, and so on – without needing to provide credentials. Once the user logs in, each service knows if the user is allowed to use it without the user needing to re-enter his or her credentials.
This week, Bitzer Mobile announced that it was incorporating Microsoft’s Single Sign-On technology into its secure mobile data solution for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. That integration allows the secure container approach, which Bitzer already offers to its business and enterprise customers, to function more like a Windows PC in the office. In short, it maintains the security advantages to Bitzer’s tools but it does so in a way that avoids requiring users to repeatedly type in login credentials as they switch between apps and documents.
Source: Bitzer Mobile.