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Why customers trust Google Apps with their business data(10)

posted Nov 27, 2011, 2:00 AM by Softhinker Qin   [ updated Dec 19, 2011, 11:52 PM ]

This is the final post of this Series.

10. Google Apps helps reduce the risk of data breaches

The use of laptops, smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices increases the risk of data breach if you're using traditional application which stores a local copy of your data, especially when mobile devices get lost or stolen, like what happened to Hong Kong star Edison Chen.

Google Apps can help reduce the risk of a data breach by limiting the data that is stored on your devices. When you check email or work on a document in a browser with Google Apps, the data is stored in our data centers, not on your device. That means that if your device gets lost or stolen, there is lower overall risk of a data breach. Similarly, if you collaborate with others in Google Docs, you don’t need to send them a copy of the document. You can enable and disable access to the document with a simple set of sharing controls and your collaborators access it from their browser. The document does not need to be stored locally on their device for them to collaborate on it. 

For those times when you want to access Google Apps but you don’t have an Internet connection, we recently released an offline capability for Gmail and for Google Docs. The offline capability does involve some local data storage on devices. The amount of stored data is likely to be smaller as only a limited amount of documents and email are synchronized to the device for offline access. If you decide that this local data storage poses a risk, you can easily disable offline access.

As a Google Apps Authorized Reseller, Softhinker hopes you gain confidence on Google Apps solution through this series of posts, and we'd like to hear from you for further discussion.