Category Archives: BYOD

6 Reasons Why You Should Choose TappIn over Dropbox

Dropbox is cloud storage that ‘syncs’ between your devices.  Any content you put in the Dropbox folder syncs between your devices so you always have access to that content.  After downloading the Dropbox ‘agent’ to your PC and mobile devices, you’ll be able to move content into your Dropbox folder and it will begin to copy all the content in the folder to all of the devices (and the cloud storage).

Pretty cool idea…mostly.

TappIn works differently. With TappIn you download the TappIn agent to your (PC, Mac or Linux) machine and then to your mobile devices.  And that’s it.  No copying, syncing or waiting required. You now have access and the ability to share ANYTHING, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME on your devices.

Here are 6 reasons for why you should choose TappIn over Dropbox:

 

#1 You don’t need to know in advance if you’re going to need something

This is probably the biggest advantage for TappIn.  Our agent gives you access to your entire computer, not just a folder on the computer. So, you never have to worry if you’ve ‘synced’ content.  It’s there –ready for you any time you need it

#2 You always have access to the latest version

Again, if you’ve ever put something in the sync folder you have to make sure you put the newest version (I always have new names like – document_v3, document_v4, etc.) back in the sync folder …or well...you’ll be out of sync and out of luck.  With TappIn you ALWAYS have access to your latest and greatest work.

#3 No cloud storage required

In order to make sure you have access to your content Dropbox copies your content to cloud storage – then charges you for that storage.  It’s expensive – really expensive compared to using the storage you already have on your computer or just buying an external storage device. And, it’s only as secure as your cloud storage vendor is willing to be.  Many have already learned that lesson.  TappIn doesn’t copy your content and then charge you to keep the content.  We let you leave your content safe and secure on your computer or on an external storage device

#4 TappIn lets you store and playback media including music and movies

In fact, TappIn has playlists and other features that essentially allow you to have unlimited virtual storage on your mobile device.  Think about it.  You can have Terabytes of music and movies on your home computer/server and have access to ALL of them from your phone – anytime.  You can even mix and match technologies so you can use your massive iTunes library on your Android phone...or even your Kindle!

#5 What if I’m a small business and need to share large files?

Hey, no problem.  Again, we’re not charging you for storage so just ‘share’ your files with sales people, clients or prospects.  They don’t need to sign up for an account to see your content. In fact, if you use a NAS server or you have a WebDAV storage area - TappIn works with your device!  You can’t do that with Dropbox.

#6 Great cost advantage

TappIn is $20 a year for the Standard Edition and you can access as many computers as you want using as much storage as you want as many times as you want!

Bottom line, the best way to think about TappIn vs. Dropbox (or any other sync vendor) is that with TappIn you have one place for access and sharing without having to move your content all to one place.  Simple!

 

- Doug Wheeler

Top 4 BYOD Challenges for Small and Midsize Businesses

The recent boom in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend can be credited in large part to its popularity among small to midsize businesses (SMBs). However, even though it is one of the easiest ways for these businesses to cut down on start up costs, there are risks and challenges every SMB should be aware of first.

1. Implementing a BYOD policy

It is extremely important that small and midsize businesses using BYOD implement a clear BYOD policy on their network. Unfortunately many SMBs are actively encouraging the use of these data-sharing programs and services or adopting them company-wide due to their affordability and ease of use, without putting a policy in place first.

2.  Smaller IT Departments

Having a smaller business usually means, at best, only being able to afford a small IT department (sometimes consisting of only one employee).  However, the importance of an IT department or at least having an IT professional on staff cannot be underestimated. Experts predict that small and midsize businesses’ IT spending for security services and programswill exceed $5.6 billion in 2015 (this number will grow twice as fast as small businesses’ total IT spending).

3. Facing Legal Repercussions

SMBs, particularly those in compliance-bound industries like legal and healthcare who have to comply with data security laws, should be extremely cautious when using these file-sharing services and programs or allowing employees to use them for business purposes. One security breach or inadvertent public disclosure could lead to massive fines or other legal actions taken against them.  For any SMB, fines or other legal actions taken against them can be the death nail for their business.

4. Depending on Programs and Services that are not Failsafe

One example of this is Dropbox and the major security breach the service suffered in which all user data became accessible without a password. Like Dropbox and other personal cloud solutions, as Google Drive begins to enter the business environment, it will pose particular challenges for small and midsize businesses which often have fewer IT resources to monitor and control this type of data movement. The reality is that it’s just a matter of time before another breach occurs, whether it is Dropbox or one of many other storage vendors used by businesses today.  It’s important when choosing a file-sharing service or program you take a look at their security features first.

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How Secure is Your Mobile Access?

IDC estimates that more than 1.3 billion mobile workers will exist in the market by the end of 2015.   As of 2010, there were more than 105 million mobile workers in the US alone.  

These staggering numbers clearly demonstrate the paramount importance of mobile technology and access in our lives.

A by-product of self-empowered BYOD’ers, many consumer technologies are now entering the enterprise.  The most notable example of this BYOT (bring your own technology) trend are popular cloud-based file sharing services like Dropbox and Box.  By putting content in a cloud repository, these services enable mobile users to access their content anytime, anywhere.

As this market continues to grow businesses need to take proactive steps to stay ahead of the trend by classifying data and then procuring both storage and mobility solutions commensurate with the security requirements of that data.  Without this planning BYOD could prove to be a big problem for IT departments.

Cloud storage solutions like Dropbox do offer mobile access features, but at their core, they are just storage solutions that focus on making storage convenient, not making data access secure.

Customer information, personnel files, financial data, and strategic planning data, however, might be better kept “on site,” under the careful supervision of IT.  In this time of unfettered cloud storage and the mobile content access that comes with it you must consider how the programs you use to access your data, protect it.

Different data requires different security considerations for both storage and access.

Businesses cannot afford to risk everything on one endeavor and rely on a single vendor for all of their storage and access needs.

What sets TappIn by GlobalSCAPE (formerly HomePipe) apart from other mobile access services is that this secure content mobility solution gives you the freedom to choose where information is stored, without limiting mobile access.  Moreover, businesses can leverage existing storage solutions without sacrificing the access their BYOD empowered employees now demand.

Data stored on internal servers is accessed just as easily as data stored in the cloud, without incurring the additional security risks of storage outside the firewall.

 

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