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How to Rely on iPads Without Risking Your Business

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By Deanne Katz, Esq. on September 20, 2012 6:46 AM

Almost all businesses rely on a laptop, iPad, or other computer in some way or other. It's useful for storing customer data, office productivity, store inventory, you name it.

The reason to have your own office computer is simple: it provides an added level of security. Most businesses have information on customers and employees that they need to keep private. They also want to protect themselves from malicious software and viruses

But that computer is pretty bulky. Can a smaller device provide as much security?

Tablet devices like the popular iPad are in essence a mini computer. That means you can protect it just like you would a desktop or laptop.

Any company that stores consumer information is bound by consumer protection laws. Among other things, that includes a duty to keep personal information safe from prying eyes.

To avoid liability, it's important to keep personal information safe such as names and addresses, social security numbers, and financial information. Password protecting a device is a good first step to store the data safely.

Encrypting the information may also be appropriate depending on where the device goes and what information is on it.

If you're thinking about using an iPad to augment your business, talk to your attorney about how to keep information safe and protect yourself from a potential lawsuit.

The kind of use you're interested in and the information you want to store will dictate what level of care you need. An attorney can help you figure out the best strategy for your business.

Not sure what you'd use it for? We have a few suggestions:

  1. Remote access to stock and inventory
  2. A restaurant menu
  3. Presenting a sales pitch for cars or real estate
  4. An electronic concierge for inns and B&Bs
  5. Entertainment in a waiting room
  6. A customer database
  7. Paper free liability waivers
  8. A cash register
  9. An appointment book
  10. A POS system for restaurant staff

Using an iPad or other tablet can give your business a competitive edge but it can also expose you to liability for consumer privacy issues. Get the edge without the risk by keeping that information safe.

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