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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.

Top Ten Reasons to Use TappIn

There’s no doubt that the Cloud can make things easier, but easier doesn’t “always” mean better.  Beyond the convenience of being able to access your content wherever and whenever you want to, there are also additional security and backup measures to consider that you would never have to give a moment’s thought if you were simply storing data locally.

TappIn is a technology that allows for the convenience of the cloud with the safety of local data storage. Once installed on your home or work computer, all your content can be accessed from any mobile device or web-enabled computer – not just the content you remembered to upload to the cloud.

no-cloud-neededHere are ten reasons you may want to switch over to TappIn:

1. No Cloud Required: For starters: there’s no Cloud in use when you use TappIn, so all the worries that come into play when using the Cloud simply disappear.

2. A Secure Connection: TappIn works by giving you access to your own files from wherever you are, so you’re not storing your files on someone else’s insecure server, but on your own home computer.

3. No Sync Needed: Syncing with the Cloud can be a tedious, time consuming process. You have to sit there and wait for the sync to be completed when you’d rather close your laptop or turn your phone off and be done with it.

4. No Storage Fees: You don’t have to pay anyone to host your content with TappIn, since you handle that part of the deal.

5. Deep Compatibility: Some Cloud services demand that you use a specific OS, TappIn lets you access from any web-enabled device.

6. No File Transferring: If you want to listen to your MP3′s through the Cloud, get ready for a night of file transferring. With TappIn, you can tapp right in and start listening.

7. Access Anytime: Cloud servers go down frequently, your home computer doesn’t have to handle such a big workload.

8. Built in Media Capabilities: TappIn is specifically built with media playing in mind, so you can load up any media library you like.

9. Direct Sharing: You can share directly from your computer to your Facebook page, email or other outlet. It’s up to you. There are Cloud hosts that make this a little more difficult.

10. Share Any Size:  Easily share through texting and messaging with TappIn. This isn’t true of all Cloud hosts.

TappIn works a lot like a traditional Cloud, but it removes some of the risks and expenses involved so that you can save and share with little worry.