Category Archives: File Sharing

Where Are My Files

Easy access to files over the Internet is more accessible than ever thanks to the convenience of cloud computing. However, according to Infosec Island, two of the most crucial issues with using a free cloud drive is not knowing where your files are located and who has access to them. With sensitive documents using cloud storage, may not be the best way to go because this method of file sharing and storage iffy in most situations. How do you take advantage of the increasing suitability of web-based storage while maintaining your privacy and file security? Go with an online file sharing program that offers secure file sharing, as well as secure mobile access.

TappIn - Keep sensitive files on your computer and access them from anywhere.

Using Tappin you can access your digital files from a number of platforms including iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows. Additionally, just with any cloud drive, you can access your files from anywhere you have Internet service. So what sets this file storage provider apart from other cloud storage services, such as Dropbox? You do not have to download, sync or copy your files from one device to the next. Additionally your files do not float around in the cloud unprotected. This more reliable system allows you to have immediate access to everything you have in the file sharing system, while maintaining security and professionalism.

Security Concerns

Another bonus with utilizing Tappin for sharing and storing files is the increased security offered by the program. While you can opt to put your files out in the cloud via your 10GB OnTapp account (TappIn Pro version), which is a transitional cloud, you can rest assured that your files will not stay there forever. This feature allows you to store up to 10 GB of files on the OnTapp cloud. An expiration date is placed on the cloud, and once files expire they return to your permanent repository. Since nothing is left out in the cloud indefinitely, you greatly reduce the risk of having hackers steal your important information.

Additionally, you have secure mobile access when using OnTapp. If your mobile device is stolen or broken, you are less likely to have your personal information stolen. You can rest assured knowing that anything stored on the OnTapp cloud will automatically return to your permanent file storage upon its expiration. You can also clear out your files remotely in case of security breaches using this system thanks to the remote file accessibility.

Online file sharing via a cloud drive is no longer the wave of the future. It is the power web users have now harnessed to encourage independence of technology, improved efficiency, and greater accessibility for file maintenance. Keep up with the cloud by choosing a trustworthy and affordable storage system, such as the Dropbox alternative of Tappin, as your file sharing provider.

5 Reasons Your Small Business Benefits from The Cloud

5 Reasons to Use the Cloud in Your Small Business

According to a recent article in Forbes.com, the total market for cloud services “is expected to grow from $76.9 billion in 2010 to $210 billion by 2016.” So far the numbers appear to be backing that assertion up. If you're not using “the cloud” in your small business, here are five good reasons why you might want to start.

1) Secure File Sharing and Access
This is a big deal for businesses of all sizes. Cyber-security is becoming a major risk for businesses on a global scale. Laptops and mobile devices make it easier than ever for people to simply grab the devices that contain important information that places your business and your customers at risk. Rather than storing this information on insecure devices, you can have vital information that’s stored on secured servers in the cloud while allowing access to these important documents and information virtually anywhere and at any time by users who have the right file sharing app, like Tappin.

2) Bring Down Technology Costs
Most small businesses can’t easily afford a full time IT guy (or girl) on staff. It’s an expense that would be nice, considering the vulnerabilities many companies face when it comes to cyber security. However, it’s largely outside the realm of practicality. Storing information on secured clouds means that you have the benefits of a full-time IT staff to protect your information for a much more affordable price.

3) Convenience
It wasn’t that long ago when people had to carry portable filing cabinets around to keep up with all the paperwork they were responsible for. At least that’s what it felt like after eight to ten, or more, long hours of a workday. Now all you need is a smartphone, tablet computer, or laptop and you can access all those important files at any time of the day or night. It’s much more convenient than it’s ever been in the past.

4) Disaster Recovery
Recent years have shown devastating disasters that wiped out communities. Whether it’s forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes; disasters happen at the worst possible moments. Off-site storage of information in “the cloud” ensures that when bad things happen for the sake of your business, the information you’ve stored in the cloud is protected. This will help you, and your business, get back up and running much faster. It will also give you the tools you need to get in touch with customers to update them about what’s going on too.

5) Reduce Environmental Impact
How many trees are lost to creating additional paper copies of information so that multiple people in your business have access to it? Business owners interested in adopting a more earth-friendly way of doing business will appreciate the simplicity of this step in the process.

These are just a few of the general ways businesses benefit from operating in the cloud. If you look hard enough, you’re sure to find a few ways that are specific to your business. Then you can become part of the 41 percent of growth in expected cloud use the IDC’s “Worldwide and Regional Public IT Cloud Services 2012-2016 Forecast” has predicted over the next four years.

 

Benefits of Remote File Access for Your Small Business

Remote file access is so much more than a simple backup copy of all the important documents and files your business possesses. It’s easy access to this information no matter where you or your employees may be at the time. Here are five of the benefits your small business can enjoy with remote file access.

1) Access Files while at Client’s Site
Employees no longer need to bring large, heavy briefcases full of information with them to client’s sites. Whether you’re in the construction business, provide insurance estimates, or provide home health services; you can now access important construction plans and other information, insurance files, and medical records on-the-go. All you need is the right mobile app, such as Tappin, on your mobile device or laptop to securely access the information wherever your business takes you.

2) Better Time Management
It can take a great deal of time to drive back and forth gathering the correct documentation between clients. Searching through files and folders is another time consuming process. Even worse is going back and forth between offices or cubicles in search of one elusive document that got away. Having all the information stored in one convenient location for fast access by whomever needs it is the simplest solution for everyone.

3) Automatic Backups
Wouldn't it be nice if you never needed to worry about losing important documents again? That day is here. Most businesses, sadly, just haven’t caught on quite yet. Remote file access means there’s already a secured backup of the information your small business requires.

4) Collaboration
No matter how many employees you have working on a given project at a time, or how limited or involved their roles may be, you can now allow as many employees as you need to have shared access to the same documents and information without printing out dozens (or even hundreds) of copies. This makes it easier than ever before to get the right information to the right people without any paperwork becoming lost in the transition.

5) Increased Productivity and Profitability
At the end of the day, this allows your employees to invest their talents where they are most needed, rather than on shuffling papers and packing them up for the day. You’ll get more productivity from them and that will lead to greater profits for your business.

Remote file access has a lot to offer small and large businesses alike. Perhaps the best benefit, for small business owners, is that you get the benefit of an IT department without the high costs.

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 . . .

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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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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SaaS, PaaS, & IaaS Cloud Computing Segments - Explained

SaaS PaaS IaaSWe’ve written quite a bit about how to use cloud storage, as well as what risks are associated with cloud computing. However, there are several different segments of cloud computing that we have yet to identify or explain. In this blog post, we’ve identified three important segments of cloud computing as well as what purposes they best serve:

 1. SaaS

Software as a Service (SaaS) also known as “software on demand” is when you rent software from a vendor who hosts that software on centralized network servers making it available to users over the Internet. Currently this is the most popular cloud computing segment as it allows users to access data from anywhere, in turn giving them more freedom and agility. The most common SaaS applications include services like Google Docs and most customer relationship management (CRM) applications.

 2. PaaS

Platform as a Service (PaaS) offers a development platform for developers meaning that users write their own code, and the PaaS vendor uploads the code and displays it online. Facebook is an example of one type of a PaaS “social application platform,” in that end-users can write new applications that are made available to other end-users.

 3. IaaS

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), sometimes referred to as Hardware as a Service (HaaS), manages hosting and develops online environments for users. A good example of IaaS would be Amazon.com. Users utilize the Amazon infrastructure to sell their products, and in doing so avoid the costs associated with running an online platform like that.

Understanding the differences between these types of cloud computing services should ultimately help you understand if: a. cloud computing is right for your business at all, and b. if it is, which type of cloud computing is right for your business. No matter which segment best fits your needs, consider using remote access tools like TappIn Pro, which allow you to safely and securely conduct cloud computing, from anywhere on any device.

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