Three Types of User Data Storage

The storage of user data is a critical element of delivering an excellent user experience. It contains all the data a user downloads onto their device to use an app, and must be protected against unauthorized access. Several different types of user data storage exist each with its own pros and cons. This article focuses on three options for storing the data of users such as local storage, session storage, and app data storage.

Local Storage

Locally stored information allows applications to function offline, reducing the reliance on a continuous internet connection. This kind of storage is a good option for applications that require very little data to function, like custom settings. Contrary to other types of storage locally stored data does not persist over sessions and is deleted when the user closes the application.

Session Storage

Similar to local storage Session-based storage is an excellent option for applications requiring short-term data storage. Session storage costs less than local storage, and can be used to keep data that doesn’t need to persist. For instance, login credentials or other information that is secured.

App developers can obtain customer data in three ways: by asking the user to provide it, or by inferring it based on the behavior of the user on-site or by purchasing the data from a third-party. Customers should be made aware of how their data will be used and should be given the option to opt out of the collection of their information or rectify any mistakes. It is also important to save data in a standard format to allow easy integration and exchange.