Mobile use is not only popular among many users today – it is an expected reality. With the mobile takeover hitting the digital realm in recent years, an ever-increasing number of users are entering the workplace with a wirelessly accessible smartphone. If employees are receptive to using their personal devices for work purposes,why not make use of those implementing other authentication security measures such as two-factor tokens.

Typically, mobile apps do not authenticate directly with Active Directory – or any other local user repository. Most obile apps reference a third party - To use Office 365 on mobile, for example you validate to Office by default, not your local directory. However, there is the possibility to federate directly with on-premises Active Directory domains.

Due to the standards-based nature of Active Directory, applications such as the PortalGuard Self-service Password Reset App (Available on iTunes and Google Play) area able to allow users to reset their local Active Directory password direcfly from their smart phone.

On top of everything else, Active Directory can be configured to communicate with devices other than computers and printers, such as tablets, smartphones, e-readers, etc. Both businesses and educational industries have seen the rise of various BYOD programs,viand Active Directory has the customizability to provide accurate identity management across multiple operating systems and devices.