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What Can Remote File Access Do for You? A Beginner’s Guide

With all the different ways of connecting to the internet and to each other, fast, rapid file sharing between devices is more important than ever before. These days people have more than one computer or mobile device that they use for viewing information, taking pictures and of course, browsing the web.

You might have a big presentation due that you spent all night working on. Or maybe you have a report to hand in to your boss or professor. But you left the laptop you wrote to report on or created the project on and all you have is your work computer or smartphone. Back in the “day”, you were out of luck, but now with so many options for file sharing, the file is only a few mouse clicks or finger taps away. Even better, you can share your document directly with your boss or professor by placing it into a shared account.

Or what if you took some photos of your new baby or a video of your toddler taking his first steps and want to share them with Grandma and Grandpa. With a file sharing service, it’s easy, and simple to provide your loved ones access to every precious moment. tappin-photo-sharing

There are a wide variety of unique options available. One option is to use a cloud storage service like Google Drive, which allows you to create and store documents on their online server. Depending on the settings anyone can access the files, or just a certain person or group of people can access the file. This is a good way to keep files secure, but to allow one person or multiple people to share and edit them across a wide variety of computers.

Another option is to create documents on your home computer, tablet, or smartphone and then upload it to a cloud storage space using a service like OpenDocument, SugarSync or Carbonite. This way you can create documents using whatever software you want.

But cloud sharing has some major disadvantages. Depending on the size of the file, it can take a long time to upload. And if you have multiple files to share, it can take all day. Sometimes you just don’t have that kind of time or just don’t want to use up all your bandwidth uploading them you need another alternative.

If you created the document online using a file sharing service, you don’t have to worry about upload times, but you may have to worry about download times. Additionally, the files you downloaded may not be compatible with the programs you already own. It may be hard to edit files offline, meaning that you need a constant internet connection to access and edit your files.

Tappin is a file sharing app that provides a solution to all of these problems. With Tappin, you can share all the files on any of their devices just by accessing the Tappin app. The files remain safely stored on the device you created them on, and you only share the individual files you need, when you need them.

 

Tappin at CES 2013 – A Recap

After 18 meetings in 54 hours, major product launches, celebrity keynotes, concept products and what was touted as (and certainly felt like) the largest CES show ever – one exciting trend was a stand out from this attendees’ perspective; Gadgets.

Electronic gadgets at every price point for everyone in the family or the office.  Along with that, remote access and file sharing are no longer a luxury (or something only teens know how to do successfully) it has become a must for sharing information for home or business.

One great example is in this video from the Seagate Central exhibit at CES . . .

Comparing Cloud Computing Options – Public vs. Private vs. Hybrid

When choosing a Cloud computing option, it’s important you understand that there are a few different types of clouds you can choose from. Understanding their capabilities is important to finding the right cloud service for your needs. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the differences between the three different cloud computing options: public, private, and hybrid.

Public Clouds

For a public cloud, the service and infrastructure of the cloud is hosted off-site over the Internet. A public cloud is great for collaborating online with multiple peers. However, many IT professionals are concerned over the security of these clouds as the service is hosted off-site (giving them less control), and cloud security breaches are becoming more and more common.

Private Clouds

With a private cloud, the services and infrastructure are maintained on a (usually on-site) private network. A private cloud is more expensive than a public cloud. However, it gives your IT department much more control over who accesses the cloud and how. A private cloud is perfect for larger companies that must adhere to strict security and data privacy regulations.

Hybrid Clouds

A hybrid cloud allows you to choose which aspects of the cloud are public and which are private by picking and choosing services from different providers. This is a good option for companies who are interested in using the cloud with clients, as it allows you to make some data public to those clients, while keeping the rest of the data you have in the cloud private.

No matter which cloud you choose, make sure that you are consistently monitoring the security of your data and accessing that data with secure tools and apps. To learn more about accessing data from whichever cloud you saved it in, check out our 30 day free trial of TappIn Pro.

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History of Remote File Sharing

The history of file sharing is unique in that it is a history that is steeped with controversies that have forced people to consider the legality of file sharing as a practice. One could argue that the history of file sharing stretches all the way back to the history of sharing, before digital file sharing technologies were available, and before the Internet.

However, for the sake of this blog post, we’ll be exploring the history of file sharing starting just before the birth of the Internet.

The Birth of File Sharing

During the Internet’s infancy, before it was named the “Internet” it was referred to as ARPANET, and file sharing was a practice reserved only for the most tech savvy of computer users. File sharing was also really considered more file transferring, as it usually consisted of manually transferring files with a technological medium like a floppy disc.

In 1962, a conference was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan to bring ARPA researchers together and begin to create the structure for the ARPANET.   In 1972, email was born, allowing computer users for the first time to send files to one another via the Internet.  It wasn’t until 1978, when smaller personal computers were introduced and software to connect to the Internet was created, that the Internet was made available to the general public.

Napster Introduces the World to (Illegal) File Sharing

Though it wasn’t around long, Napster was one of the first major file sharing services that was not only available to the public, but easy for everyday (non-tech-savvy) people to understand and use. Napster was a file sharing application that used a central server to organize file swapping between users.

The Napster platform was different from file sharing via email in that it served more as a gathering place for people to share music files with people/sources from around the world. Though Napster no longer exists, it had a huge impact on not only the way in which people share files, but it also had an effect on how the public views file sharing as a practice.

The Clouds Roll In

In 2002, the concept of “the Cloud” was introduced. However, it wasn’t until 2007 when Google Docs was launched that remote file sharing and file storage started to gain some momentum amongst Internet users. 2007 also saw the beginning of mobile file sharing capabilities with new and popular mobile technologies like the iPhone, and other mobile devices.

The Future of File Sharing

It will be interesting to see how remote file sharing as a practice evolves in the future. Taking a look at the cloud security trends of 2012, one can assume that file sharing will only continue to grow in popularity and evolve into a more secure practice (as more and more people use these services and demand that their data stay secure).

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Securing the Clouds [Infographic]

In this Infographic: learn all you need to know about cloud security by looking at the latest data breaches, the most common causes of data breaches, and security breaches in the cloud vs. on-premise security breaches. Follow our four tips for securing your own clouds so that you don’t become a victim of a security breach.

Securing the clouds infographic

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Generation bYod [Infographic]

We’ve crafted this Infographic to illustrate the concerns many IT professionals are currently having about the first generation of BYOD, ‘Generation Y.’ Learn all about BYOD by looking at employees’ attitudes towards it, who exactly are these BYOD’ers, and why BYOD is here to stay.

Generation bYod infographic

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How to Stream Music on Your Home Computer from Your Mobile Device

How music is produced and distributed has changed drastically over the past two decades. With the birth of digital music samplings, being able to listen to music you’ve purchased has changed from playing your records on a record player to finding a device able to access and stream music no matter where it is saved. The convenience and popularity of being able to listen to hundreds of tracks with one small, hand-held device has led the way for technologies like the iPod and MP3 players.

However, being able to stream music no matter where you have it saved is becoming far more sought-after than purchasing a device to house all of that music – as storage solutions for those devices are getting more and more expensive.

With TappIn, you don’t need to buy a device just for storing and streaming your music. Instead you can use your current mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) to access and stream your music no matter where it is stored. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open the TappIn mobile app, and select the computer or cloud you’d like to access

Step 2: Select your music folder.

TappIn music folder

Step 3: Select the library you’d like to access.

TappIn music library folder

Step 4: Select the track you’d like to listen to and well, listen!

And that’s it. With just a few taps you can stream music files from anywhere. Even if you have separate libraries for your iTunes, MP3 files and any other music accounts, with TappIn you can access all of your libraries from one place.  No more choosing between which libraries to take with you, with TappIn all of your music is with you.

To learn more about the advantages of using TappIn and to access and stream music no matter where it is saved, check out a FREE 30-day trial of TappIn Pro.

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How to Share a Folder without Uploading it Online

Sending large files and amounts of data can be difficult with so many file-size limitations that come with all email servers and online storage solutions. However, for many people, sharing large files is a part of their day-to-day business (for example, photographers, who have to share large photo files with their clients).

Finally, an easy-to-use, secure and efficient folder sharing solution is here — TappIn! With TappIn, you can share a folder — whether it be of documents, photos, or music files — much more easily and than the current alternatives available.

Here’s what you do:

Step 1: Open your TappIn desktop app.

share a folder with TappIn

Step 2: Select Share This Folder on the drop-down menu of the folder you would like to share.

share this folder with TappIn

Step 3: Next, the following pop-up appears.

share this folder with TappIn pop up

Fill in the Email(s) section with the email addresses of the people you would like to share the folder with and click Send. And that’s it! They will receive an email with a link they can click to access your entire folder without uploading any of the files in it.

To learn more about how you can easily share and access entire folders without uploading them online, check out a FREE 30 day trial of TappIn Pro!

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How to Share Photos Without Uploading Them Online

Sharing photos is becoming one of the most popular aspects of social media and the overall digital community. Within seconds after an image is posted online, it can become a viral hit that is shared with people around the world in virtually no time. However, not everyone wants to upload their photos online to share or view them. That’s where an app like TappIn comes in.

TappIn began as a private photo sharing solution. Creator Chris Hopen was looking for a way to privately, effectively, and securely share photos of his family with his in-laws. TappIn allows you to share pictures with whoever you choose without uploading those files anywhere online. With TappIn, you keep those photos on your device and grant people remote access to them.

So how do you share photos without uploading them online? It’s easy, and only takes 3 taps!

Tap 1: Open your TappIn mobile app.

TappIn mobile app

Tap 2: Select the My Pictures folder (or wherever you have pictures stored).

TappIn pictures folder

Tap 3: Select the photo you wish to share.

photos to share

Tap 4: Once you’ve selected a photo, an email message will appear, insert the email address of the person you’d like to share the photo with and click Send. They will receive an email with a link to access your photo.

sharing the selected photo

And that’s it! Come back tomorrow and we’ll discuss how to share entire folders of data in just a few simple steps! To get started sharing photos without uploading them online, check out a 30 day FREE trial of TappIn Pro!

 

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Using Free File Sharing Websites – Why the Risks Outweigh the Rewards

free file sharing websitesIf you search Google for ‘free file sharing websites,’ you’ll find thousands of results for a wide range of different file sharing sites and services. And while we’ve been trained to associate the word “free” with something positive and beneficial, when it comes to free file sharing websites, the term ‘free’ can be misleading. Let me explain.

The perceived “rewards” of using free file sharing websites:

1. They’re FREE.
2. They’re usually relatively easy to use.
3. THEY’RE FREE! (since this is the biggest, perhaps only, reward, I had to mention it twice).

The risks of using these free file sharing services:

1. Security – protecting and knowing who can access your data on these file sharing websites is much more difficult than if you were to share your file privately.

2. Ownership – terms of service agreements are often long and saturated with legalese and more technical language, making it harder for users to understand them completely. Most free file sharing and online storage sites retain rights to at least some control over your data.

3. Once it’s out there, it’s out there – there is no assurance of deletion in most free file sharing websites’ terms of service agreements. So, if you decide to take your data off the site, that doesn’t mean the site has deleted it entirely (potentially extremely risky for corporate data).

What you can do

If you decide you still want to risk it and use free file sharing websites, then it’s important that you do your research first. Make sure you are comfortable with the site’s terms of service agreements, and keep track of your sensitive data once you post it online. Or, you can avoid using free file sharing websites altogether and look into other ways of accessing and sharing files online.

To learn more about how you can get the same benefits of remote file sharing websites without using risky free file sharing websites, check out TappIn Pro.

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