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Is the Cloud Safe?

To Cloud or Not to Cloud - Or Both!

Does uploading your photos, documents and (perhaps) sensitive business and personal information to a "Free" cloud leave you feeling exposed?

Dropbox is a cloud service offering filing sharing and backup, but it is not safe from hackers

Do you feel exposed with sensitive data in the cloud

Do you feel exposed with sensitive data in the cloud

who have illegally accessed documents. According to MacObserver, last May IBM banned the use of Dropbox due to security concerns and IBM’s requirements that data be stored on secure servers. In July 2012, Cnet reported that Dropbox admitted client data had been hacked and offered assistance to the victims.

With TappIn you can access and share data from your own computers, network devices, servers, Salesforce accounts and cloud storage. You gain flexibility, mobility, but most of all - security.

Based on the report, WP-Appliances vs The Cloud, despite growing numbers of cloud users, many IT establishments are reluctant to place their full confidence in cloud solutions, and so have held back on internet security solutions relying on cloud. The security concerns include:

  •  Lack of proven security effectiveness
  •  Inability to physically access critical data
  •  Account access vulnerability
  •  Unavailability of security audits

On the other end of the security scales are security appliances conforming to proven standards. Here is a comparison of how appliance and hybrid solutions perform in the areas of efficacy, mobility, scalability and reliability:

1. Reliability
a. Appliance based – Requires manual labor and all associated overhead
b. Cloud based – Global coverage – 100% uptime possible

2. Manageability
a. Appliance based - Fragmented visibility and control
b. Cloud based - Centralized visibility and control

3. Efficacy
a. Appliance Based - Protects against last known threat
b. Cloud based - Protection based on last real time request

4. Mobility
a. Appliance Based - Internet connection via IT managed devices
b. Cloud Based - Secure Internet Connection over any network

5. Scalability
a. Appliance Based - Solutions are complex
b. Cloud Based - Global coverage with 100 % uptime availability

The above comparison paints a very rosy picture of hybrid cloud based security. Hybrid solutions such as TappIn, provide secure, reliable and flexible configurations and are definitively a promising way to go.

TappIn provides a service that allows you to access files residing on computers, servers or the cloud. You have access and can securely share files from a web browser or mobile device including Android devices and iPhones. This type of instant and secure data access is crucial to conducting business in today’s geographically disparate world. This is a Dropbox alternative providing both secure mobile access and secure file sharing. Providing the best service for online file sharing, TappIn has advantages of cloud accessibility together with data security.

Best Software Tools for The Mobile Workforce

Many of today's top professionals spend very little time in the office. The smartphone and the laptop have both made it easier than ever to take any job and make it mobile.  That's what a lot of companies are doing to stay in front of their customers in a highly competitive marketplace.

When your business depends upon your mobile workforce "Road Warriors", the information they have access to is just as important as a personal visit.  Who wants to be the Account Exec that delivers a presentation with an outdated pricing model? (Not me!)  There are lots of different ways to be sure your mobile workforce has the most up-to-date information, From phone calls to mail, great but time consuming, so we put together a list of some of the top software your business can use to keep your mobile workforce moving forward with the right information.

Here are some must-have software tools for the busy mobile pro:

1. iCloud
If you carry an apple tablet or phone, iCloud is pretty convenient as it puts everything you need right there in the cloud where you can get it whenever you need to.

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2. TappIn TappIn is really your best bet for accessing your files from anywhere in the world. It's not really a cloud server, it's more like a window into your home PC from anywhere you are. No sync, no upload info, just login and get what you need.

3. Cloud2Go 
Another good cloud app. Though not as powerful as iCloud or as direct as TappIn, Cloud2Go nevertheless receives positive reviews and will get the job done.

4. Google Drive
Google Drive is a tool that you can use for free with your Google account. Whether or not you like it as much as, say, TappIn, you probably have a client or partner who loves it, so learn it.

5. DropBox 
Think of DropBox like a self storage unit for your files. It's not as easy and direct as some of the other apps listed here, but it has a good, straightforward interface.

6. SugarSync
The big upside with SugarSync is that it doesn't put you through the annoying process of automatically syncing every single file on your cloud, which can be time consuming. You can select which files to sync and which to leave as they are. Very convenient.

Working on the road can be stressful, but these apps are sure to make any trip a little easier.