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How to Create Your Own Private Cloud

CREATE YOUR OWN PRIVATE CLOUD WITH SECURE MOBILE ACCESS AND FILE SHARING

TappIn, has partnered with Scale Computing, makers of the HC3 technology platform, the first hyperconverged infrastructure for virtualization and storage. Together, TappIn and Scale now jointly provide secure, mobile access to a complete private cloud environment that is easily managed by IT departments and easily accessed by end-users.

We invite you to learn more about how this partnership can benefit your organization by attending this informational webinar on May 14th: - CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW

IT DIRECTORS WANT TIGHT CONTROL OVER LOCALLY STORED DATA….
yet employees want to access that data from anywhere, any time, and on any device.

With Scale Computing’s HC3 and TappIn, small and midmarket organizations can have both.

TappIn is an Info Security Guides Global Excellence Award winner.  Together with the HC3, TappIn makes it easy for IT Managers to have control AND give necessary endpoint access to locally stored data.

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  1. Discover how Scale’s HC3 gives your applications maximum uptime without giving your CFO sticker-shock. It’s roughly 50% less than a comparable VMWare-based architecture and much, much easier to use.
  2. Explore Tappin’s unique feature set and how it makes data stored on the HC3 highly accessible from any device.
  3. Learn how the HC3 and Tappin combination save you time and money while securing your data on-premise and delivering controlled access to your BYOD policies.

A live Q&A session will follow the presentation.

PRESENTERS

Andrew Tull
Vice President of Business Development | TappIn
Andrew Tull acts as Vice President of Business Development for Tappin with primary responsibility for the creation and execution of business development efforts focused on targeted strategic market verticals and accounts. Andrew has over 20 years of experience leading the sales and business development efforts for several organizations in the security-software, technology, and consumer packaged goods industries. He has also been involved in all aspects of account and sales team management, operations, and sales technology for companies that have included Procter + Gamble, Johnson + Johnson, and Net Nanny Software.

Patrick Conte
EVP and GM, Field Operations | Scale Computing
Patrick joined Scale from Azul Systems, where he was the SVP of Worldwide Field Operations. With over 25 years of experience in successfully launching companies into the market from pre-revenue into IPOs and major acquisitions, Patrick has consistently demonstrated strong go-to-market execution and growth strategies.

Alan Conboy
Global Solutions Architect | Scale Computing
Alan is responsible for testing third-party solutions with Scale Computing’s HC3 as part of Scale’s strategic alliance program. He also supports the channel and sales organization as a Systems Engineer. With over 20 years industry experience, Alan is well versed in the needs of the midsize IT generalist.

 

TappIn now available through the Rackspace Cloud Tools Marketplace

Tappin is pleased to partner with Rackspace to provide customers more freedom to access and share their data no matter where life takes them!

You’re moments away from a huge presentation and you’re ready to knock it out of the park. You open your tablet. You’re going to wow the audience. But, uh oh, the file you need isn’t there. It’s on your laptop, which is in the car … in your garage at home.

This may be an extreme example, but it just goes to show that when you don’t have access to all the files that you need, it can lead to frustration as well as a drop in productivity. Yes, cloud services can help with this, but even still, you may be lacking some of the necessary technology to truly make a difference.

Tappin makes it easy to access your content from any mobile device

TappIn changes that. At TappIn, we have developed a service that allows you to access files stored on any computer, server or cloud. Not only can you access and securely share files, but you can do so from any web browser and from virtually any mobile device, including the Android, iPhone and Windows phones.

“Rackspace customers look for flexibility and agility from an open cloud platform,” said Ven Shanmugam, senior manager for corporate strategy at Rackspace. “By aligning efforts with TappIn, we are eliminating obstacles that once plagued businesses by helping them leverage the cloud to gain unhindered access to their data. We’re excited to have TappIn available to our customers via the Cloud Tools Marketplace and we look forward to ongoing collaboration.”

TappIn gives customers the ability to instantly access and securely share virtually all of their files, no matter where they’re stored: on office and home computers, office servers, or OnTapp cloud storage. Using SSL encryption to safeguard content, TappIn securely allows sharing of files from any web browser on your desktop and from mobile devices and platforms, including Apple iPhone®, Google® Android™ and Windows® Phone.

“Instant access to your data from anywhere can seem like a luxury for some, but it’s a critical part of day-to-day business activities for many others,” says Bill Buie, Globalscape executive vice president of sales and marketing. “There is rarely a substitute for ‘now’ and we’re excited to help connect Rackspace customers with their data quickly and securely, regardless of where they are or where their content is stored.”

After downloading the TappIn solution, all Rackspace customers will receive a 30-day free trial of the TappIn Pro Edition, which provides seamless, mobile access to your data, access to OnTapp secure cloud storage service, direct WebDAV access to your content, and administrative functionality to support groups of users. Customers can then choose to continue using the Pro Edition for $39.99 per year or switch to TappIn’s Standard Edition for $19.99 per year.

Learn more about TappIn through the Cloud Tools Marketplace at https://cloudtools.rackspace.com/apps/719 or at www.TappIn.com.

TAPPIN GIVES RACKSPACE® CUSTOMERS ACCESS TO THEIR DATA ANYWHERE, ANYTIME AND FROM ANY PLATFORM

BYOD for Back to School – Changing How We Learn Forever

By enabling people to work from anywhere, at any time, from any personal or mobile device, the BYOD trend has already changed the way we work forever. But the BYOD trend isn’t only having an effect on the workforce. Recently, this trend has been changing how the next generation of workers (students) learn.

It’s true that there are risks with BYOD in the workplace, so why is BYOD all of a sudden the “Big man on campus”?

BYOD Voted“Most Popular”

The benefits of BYOD are too many to list here, but needless to say allowing students to bring their own device to school enables them to learn in the way they feel most comfortable.  For example, some students find it easier and more efficient to take notes in class on their computer or personal mobile device than using pen and paper.

However, BYOD’s popularity isn’t just limited to the classroom.  The devices students bring to class grant them online access to a wealth of information that cannot be contained in a single textbook.

BYOD Now #1 on Back-to-School Shopping Lists

School supply shopping used to consist of shopping for paper, pens, pencils, books, etc.  However, with BYOD, students have all of those supplies in one device.  And because your device won’t run out of ink or paper, you don’t have to continue buying supplies throughout the year.  And since students can purchase texts online, BYOD also gets rid of the need for teachers to provide, and students to haul around, heavy textbooks.

The devices students bring to class can execute a number of actions that school supplies of yesterday are incapable of executing.

Never Forget Your Homework Again with BYOD

With apps like TappIn, which allow you to remotely access your data wherever it’s saved and from any device, the BYOD trend has made it much harder for students to forget their homework (sorry, guys!).Once students save their work on their own device, they don’t have to move or save it anywhere else to share their homework with their teachers.

As more teachers use the internet to communicate with their students by posting assignments and homework online, having access to the internet, as well as your work wherever it’s saved, will become more and more important.

BYOD Helps Make Learning More Fun

Teachers are always looking for new and improved ways to teach material.As lesson plans begin to incorporate more forms of media and technology to make them more interesting for the next generation of students, students will need to be able to view those digital materials with some sort of device.If students are able to bring their own devices to class they will be able to access and experience those materials right away.

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How to Design and Implement an Effective and Secure BYOD Policy

According to a recent Gartner Survey, IT departments have listed BYOD (bring your own device) as one of, if not the top security concern they face today.  The benefits of BYOD are many and so IT departments have had to look for ways to make BYOD more secure instead of getting rid of it altogether.

One of the first steps in making BYOD more secure is designing and implementing an effective and secure BYOD policy.  But how do I write a BYOD policy?  And once it’s written, how exactly do I implement said BYOD policy?  In this blog post, we will discuss the three key steps to designing an effective and secure BYOD policy as well as the three key steps to implementing that BYOD policy.

 

3 Key Steps to Designing a BYOD policy

Clearly articulate your goals for creating a BYOD policy – What do you hope the BYOD policy will accomplish?

  1. Write easy to understand rules for your employees to follow – What devices can employees use?  What programs are acceptable for employees to use?  What security settings need to be in place?  This step requires research on your behalf, figuring out exactly what devices and programs you want to allow your employees to use with your data and/or on your network
  2. Explain the risks involved with disregarding the rules of the BYOD policy, as well as what the outcome for those employees who refuse to follow the BYOD policy are – When your employees have a better understanding of BYOD risks, as well as the potential consequences for them not following a BYOD policy, they will be more likely to follow it.

3 Key Steps to Implementing a BYOD policy

  1. Make the BYOD policy required reading – All of your employees should read your BYOD policy and understand what is in it.  Make the BYOD policy readily available and required reading by requiring that your employees either sign an agreement to follow the BYOD policy, or at the very least, sign a document that says they have read and understand your BYOD policy.
  2. Enforce the BYOD policy – Just writing a policy isn’t enough. Make sure that you are monitoring where your business’ data and files are being stored and moved to and take action against those who do not value the security.
  3. Prepare an employee exit strategy – With BYOD, employees who leave your company no longer need return company-issued equipment and may still have access to sensitive material.  Consider making all of your data only accessible through company emails that can be disabled once an employee leaves.

The importance of writing and implementing a BYOD policy for your business cannot be underestimated in this increasingly mobile workforce.  Finding secure and useful programs you can trust is also incredibly important.  For more information on tools and programs you can trust and include in your BYOD policy, visit TappIn.com.

TappIn Professional Edition Release

Tappin Ready For Business
The primary vision of TappIn is to offer people a single, secure way to access, send and manage all content, regardless of where it is stored. And with the new release of TappIn Professional Edition, we are closer than ever to making TappIn everyone’s one-stop shop for accessing all of their files anytime, anywhere.

So, what’s so special about TappIn Professional Edition?

There are three key features that come with the TappIn Professional Edition that take TappIn’s vision to the next level:

  1. OnTapp – is a 10 GB cloud storage repository that enables users to access, copy and share their stored content when their permanent storage device is off or in sleep mode. OnTapp not only keeps your content on your computer, server, or NAS device (without syncing or copying), it also allows users to set transactional parameters around that content.
  2. Salesforce Integration – with the integration of Salesforce, TappIn users can now access information stored in their Salesforce account using the same TappIn interface they’ve been using to access content stored on a home or office computer.
  3. TappIn Group Manager – is a set of administrative capabilities that enable businesses to manage groups of users. Settings in Group Manager are designed specifically for our professional users and businesses in the always growing mobile workforce.

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) revolution comes with many rewards as well as risks. With TappIn’s approach to secure file sharing, we are helping to address perhaps the biggest risk in cloud storage and BYOD — security.

More and more people are choosing TappIn over cloud storage, because it is the most secure and inexpensive solution on the market today. The BYOD movement (and its challenges) are going to continue to grow and we here at TappIn are looking forward to growing with it!

5 Tips for Safeguarding Your Content – Online and Off

safeguarding-your-content

When it comes to your content, the need for security cannot be understated. But beyond firewalls and online security programs, what can YOU do to safeguard your content?

1. Protect your wireless connection

Most people are connecting to the internet these days with a wireless connection. Connecting wirelessly is necessary for the increasingly mobile market that demands remote access capabilities, but it can also lead to major issues if a wireless connection isn’t secure.

The potential of being hacked, spied on, or even losing your content altogether gets greater the less secure the password. Beyond just picking a unique, hard-to-guess password, consider also encrypting your wireless connection with WEP or WPA type encryptions, if possible.

2. Optimize online accounts for maximum security

Most email, social media, and other online accounts have privacy settings that you can optimize to be better protected. Make sure that with every online account you set up that you set your own privacy settings and that you have a unique password.
If you don’t set your own privacy settings, then your account will likely be set to default security settings that usually work best for the website provider (sometimes giving themselves access to your content), not the website user.

Set security settings that work best for you and remember to always log out of important accounts (i.e. bank accounts, work emails, etc.) when you are done using them.

3. Make sure websites you are using are secure

The most well-known sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. are so popular and have enough users that new users don’t have to consider the safety risks of using them. However, not all sites in which content can be shared are secure. Make sure you do your research on the site to determine if a website is secure or not.

4. Get a copyright

Though most internet users use the internet to share and view shared content, that doesn’t mean they want to give over ownership of the content they share. You can’t necessarily prevent people from trying to steal your content. However, there are legal repercussions for those who attempt to steal copyrighted content.

Copyrighting your work is one of the best ways to insure that your work is protected. To copyright your work, you must file for a copyright or e-file on your country’s website (click here to be taken to the U.S. copyright website).

5. Encrypt data before sending/sharing files

If you have data, pictures, or videos that you consider sensitive (i.e. work files, pictures of your children, etc.) and you don’t feel comfortable sharing or saving that data using any online platforms, consider TappIn. TappIn enables you to keep your sensitive data on your computer and grant access to other viewers.

TappIn’s SSL encryption enables you to safely and securely access your content and file share from anywhere at any time. The SSL encryption is the same type of encryption financial institutions use to protect online transactions.

These are just the basic safeguarding tips any and all internet users can do themselves. Did we miss any?

Yes! You can “Tapp In” to Your Seagate NAS

As a TappIn/Seagate customer a number of you have seen Seagate customer announcements regarding Seagate Global Access powered by TappIn (e.g. http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/004606en  or http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/004332en ).

tapp in to your seagate nas

With Seagate’s support, we now have the ability to further explain.  An important part of the TappIn and Globalscape strategy is our ability to successfully deliver the TappIn service by integrating and delivering it with other product and service providers as their primary secure remote file access and online sharing solution.

We are pleased to let you know that Seagate, a world leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions, is offering the TappIn by Globalscape secure content mobility solution to their customers using the Seagate Global Access Service.  The co-branded TappIn service and mobile apps will securely and easily enable Seagate customers to access and share digital content from their Seagate storage products using popular mobile computers, tablets and smartphone devices.

Obviously, we are very excited to deliver this important capability to Seagate customers.

Dropbox Security Breach: You’re Only as Secure as Your Cloud Vendor

Personal Cloud And Sensitive Data Don't Mix

On Friday July 20, news of a new Dropbox security breach started to spread, and let’s just say . . . we’re not surprised.  In fact, we’ve been saying for a while now that both businesses and consumers need to seriously consider how and for what data they use personal cloud services like Dropbox.  The June 2011 security breach, in which Dropbox unintentionally left user accounts wide open, was viewed by some as a one-time thing. Now we know it’s not, and it’s time for folks to take their heads out of the sand.

TappIn’s President and co-founder, Chris Hopen, has long seen the writing on the wall about services like Dropbox and SugarSync. He most recently discussed this in an interview with TechTarget in March, during which he expanded on the challenges posed by these services:

“Insecure or insecurely used remote access technologies – mechanisms that most security teams assume pose little risk – in reality offer an abundance of options for attackers to infiltrate enterprises . . . The biggest concern is that attackers will exploit that remote access connection as a jumping-off point, a hop along the way, to get deeper into an organization.”

Of course, others have seen this coming as well. A May 2012 study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology in Germany found that the security of many cloud storage solutions is often inadequate.  In fact, none of the tested providers, including Dropbox, CloudMe, and TeamDrive, fulfilled all of the security requirements set forth by the Institute.  Weaknesses in user guidelines were commonplace, and many of the providers even lacked proper encryption.

According to Michael Waidner, director of the Institute, “Some of the services may be suitable for private users.  However, with regard to sensitive corporate data, users should think carefully about whether the security measures really are sufficient.”

IBM also recognized the potential for data security disaster stemming from the unfettered use of Dropbox for storage and access of their sensitive enterprise data.  In May, they banned employees organization-wide from using Dropbox for any purpose related to IBM.

The reality is that Dropbox and its ilk were services built for consumer use, and via the explosive growth of BYOD, have made their way into the enterprise, with or without the consent of IT.  In fairness, IT departments have already been overwhelmed by the onslaught of consumer mobile technology, but the time has come to recognize that these personal cloud services were built with consumer ease, not enterprise security, in mind.

As Network World recently put it, by allowing employees to continue bringing these services to work to access sensitive enterprise data, it’s tantamount to standing by as the inmates wrest control of the asylum.  If you didn’t see it before, this latest vulnerability should tell you – it’s time to regain control.

TappIn Now Available in SnappCloud!

snappcloud app placeTappIn by GlobalSCAPE is proud to announce that we have been selected by SnappCloud as one of the preferred secure file access and sharing solutions for all Toshiba product users and OEM partners.

With so many new apps coming onto the market everyday, it can be hard for your app to stand out in a crowd.  And so, in order for us here at TappIn to extend our reach to a larger audience, and make our app available to anyone who needs TappIn for business or for personal file sharing, TappIn is now available v SnappCloud.

SnappCloud is the leader in distributing the highest-quality, most popular apps today to the most popular laptops, tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices.  They hand-pick the best apps out there today and make them available in Android stores, web stores and Window stores so that they may reach as many app users as possible.

SnappCloud works with its partners to select and make available the best applications for their users, from productivity apps to gaming to social networking.  SnappCloud selected TappIn for the Toshiba AppPlace based on its best in class remote access security, ease of use, and ability to provide mobile access to content stored on Toshiba devices, without first requiring users to move that content to a cloud storage repository.

We here at TappIn are extremely excited to announce that now TappIn can be found in SnappCloud.  We are also offering a 30-day free trial for any users who download TappIn via Toshiba’s AppPlace.

We hope that through this relationship we are able to provide more and more people with the much needed services TappIn provides such as: safe and secure file sharing, remote access, picture sharing, and video sharing. Remember, TappIn is the one place to access your content without moving all your content to one place!

TappIn Partners with ESET!

TappIn Inc. by GlobalSCAPE is proud to welcome ESET, the newest members of its affiliate partner program!  TappIn is so excited to make this announcement as ESET’s anti-virus solutions and proactive cyber threat protections have made them one of the best anti-malware vendors in the world.

A recent study showed that 81% of workers now use personal electronic devices in the workplace.  And of that 81% one-third of respondents said that their company’s data was not encrypted, making accessing it remotely very risky for business owners.  ESET has been delivering trusted internet protection for years, but the popularity of remote access has only very recently exploded.

A Little Bit About ESET

You already know how we here at TappIn started and how TappIn works, but we wanted to give you a little bit more information on ESET as well.  With millions of users worldwide, ESET is one of the most recommended security solutions in the world.  Their products are sold in over 180 different countries and they have headquarters in North and South America, Asia, and Europe.

“ESET has long been at the forefront of computer security with industry-leading virus and malware detection that protect against a host of evolving threats,” said Chris Hopen, President of TappIn, Inc.

And now ESET users can use TappIn to safely and securely remote access file sharing, picture sharing, and streaming music, all from almost any mobile device.  “TappIn’s approach to mobile content access offers secure access and sharing, and is consistent with the caliber of security our customers have come to expect from ESET,” said Andrew Lee, CEO, ESET North America.