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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.

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.

Sign Up for the Webinar Today!

  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.

 

Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage Means Security for Small Business Data

Nearly two-thirds of American companies are using cloud computing for some aspect of their business, according to a survey by Avanade, and that number is increasing by approximately 19 percent each year. If your company hasn’t embraced the cloud yet, or if you have yet to use cloud storage, you’re missing some of the big-company features cloud storage can offer small businesses. The most important of these is security.

How cloud storage means security for small businesses

In addition to being convenient, storing your data online can keep your sensitive client and business information secure for even the smallest business. What can cloud storage offer:

  • Secure access to all digital files. When you store your data on a server or hard drive, your information is subject to hackers and unauthorized access. What’s more: if your computer is stolen or destroyed, your data goes with it. With cloud storage, your data remains intact and your can access it from any computer.
  • Secure mobile access. Mobile devices are notoriously easy to hack. While storing your sensitive sales and client information on your iPad or other device many be convenient, it’ also leaves your company information largely unguarded. Cloud storage offers security AND convenience.
  • Secure file sharing. Unless you’re a one-person business, you likely have sensitive sales data and other information that you share with your mobile sales force or other principals in the company. Security can be an issue with many file-sharing services. With cloud storage, all authorized users can access the information quickly and securely.

Cloud storage offers several levels of security. If your lap tap or company computer system is lost or destroyed in a fire or other accident, your data remains. In addition, your data is protected by a team of IT security professionals, something that is beyond the means of most small businesses when the owner wears multiple hats.

Tappin offers a secure and affordable Dropbox alternative. We feature a variety of cloud storage solutions designed for small businesses, and we use the same high-level security encryption that is used by banks and financial institutions for their Internet transactions. We also use a one-way hashing algorithm that can’t be reversed to protect customer passwords. Content safety is the most important aspect of Tappin products. To learn more about how Tappin solutions can help your business, visit Tappin.com or call our sales department at 210 308-3267.

 

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.

 

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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TappIn Offers Predictions for Cloud, Mobile, Social in 2012

The French had Nostradamus, TappIn has, Parvez Anandam, our CTO. We figured that with 2012 right around the corner, we ought to put Parvez to the test. Specifically his predictions regarding cloud computing, mobility, and social media in 2012. So take a look, leave some comments, questions, or see Parvez in person on Dec. 7th as panelist for the upcoming TiE Seattle event.

Predictions for Cloud, Mobile and Social in 2012

1. The IT-ization of the Consumer. 2011 was about the consumerization of IT. 2012 will be about the IT-ization of the consumer. The consumer is adopting an increasingly complex array of technologies for their personal use – smartphones, tablets, cloud infrastructures in addition to laptops and computers. Consumers are effectively mini-IT departments and are in desperate need of a way to securely access their digital lives strewn across all their devices.

2. Mobile and Data Security Goes Mainstream. In 2011 there were several high-profile mobile and cloud security breaches, such as DropBox’s significant security failure that exposed users’ content. These, coupled with increasing consumer savvy around mobile security, will result in increased scrutiny of application- and device-level security, from automatic sign-out features to malware scanning software.

3. Personal Cloud Services Go Professional. The personal cloud has exploded over the past year as consumers increasingly demand enterprise-class access solutions, with Apple’s iCloud offering leading the charge. In 2012, we expect to see a new class of professional super-users in the personal cloud space – those who use a single personal cloud service offering to converge their personal and professional lives into a master repository. These professionals will demand heightened security and streamlined access, opening new opportunities for players in this space to create a top-tier “prosumer” offering.

4. Data Stewardship Will Matter. As the world increasingly entrusts all digital content to a few companies, the reputation and ethical behavior of these companies will become of paramount importance. The reverence with which these companies approach end users’ content will determine which of them wins big in the end.

5. Social Gets Smart on Security. Social media has become a pervasive part of our lives. While there have long been admonitions about how to protect your privacy when using social media sites, the omnipresent exposure resulting from the interconnectedness of social with everything from search to shopping to news will give even the most cavalier users pause. In 2012, we expect to see a greater push for social privacy and security – around personal photos, etc. – while still enjoying the huge benefits of social networks.

Not So Sunny When It’s All In the Cloud

How to BackUp Gmail and head-off another Glitch with Anytime, Anywhere Backup File Access—

Recently over 150,000 Internet users found their Gmail inboxes, contacts and chat conversations gone–vanished. According to Google, the issue was caused by a storage software update that introduced an unexpected bug. Google has begun restoring data from tape backups, explaining in a blog post that while it maintains several electronic copies of every email sent through its system, this particular glitch destroyed every electronic copy of affected emails, and retrieving them from tape backups could be a long process. Although Google’s Gmail service temporary data loss won’t make the history books, it does serve as a reminder that no matter how reliable some cloud-based services are, none are infallible.

The “cloud” is a popular term for computing, and file sharing and storage from remote data centers. Many rely on cloud services, like Google Gmail, Flickr or Yahoo! Video to safely send, share and/or store files. Yet recently Yahoo! Video announced it was closing, leaving thousands of video sharing users in the lurch. Other cloud services are expected to follow suit. And, now with the Google Gmail glitch, people are asking whether it’s smart to put your complete trust in the cloud.

As 97.3 KIRO-FM host Dave Ross put it, “When I saw this story, it confirmed all my worst fears about this idea of cloud computing — that is, trusting your sacred data to this collective electronic entity somewhere in the ether.”

So what’s the solution? Simply, backup your data that is stored in the cloud. As Google proved, the cloud is not a solid fortress so don’t take any chances. Here are a few ways to backup your Gmail account:

1. You can simply setup Gmail to forward all your emails to another email account, but that’s just distributing the risk and really isn’t a foolproof solution.

2. Gmail Backup is a free Windows-only service designed to backup and restore your Gmail mailbox. After installation, simply type in your credentials and it will download your emails, allowing you to restore them to your account should Gmail encounter another snafu. Files are stored in your local directory.

3. For $20, Gmail Keeper will back up Gmail messages and any other data from your Google Apps as a zip file to a local disk. It supports multiple accounts and even stores labels associated with each message.

There are other solutions, but most involve moving your data from one cloud to another. So distributing the risk is not really solving the problem as you’re still relying on the “collective electronic entity in the ether.” So the most reliable way to backup your Gmail is to your hard drive or and then copy and then save to a DVD or external drive if you want to backup your backup.

If Gmail has another glitch, you’ll be covered—if you’re down the street or halfway around the world. Remember, with HomePipe you can always access your files from anywhere, anytime on any Internet or broadband-connected device. In minutes, you can retrieve your backup files and get back to business.

So to protect your data, start backing up your Gmail and all your other cloud computing and storage accounts to your hard disk or an external drive. Use HomePipe to ensure anytime, anywhere access in case one of your “clouds rain on your parade” and goes down with all your data. HomePipe takes seconds to download and it’s free so why wait? Try HomePipe today.

 

 

“Careless Computing” and The Cloud: Richard Stallman Warns Against ChromeOS

Thought provoking article from Richard Stallman that makes you wonder if/how/when will the day come, when we all wake up with all our stuff in the cloud?

http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/14/stallman-cloud-computing-careless-computing/