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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.

 

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.

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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Top 4 Mobile-to-Mobile File Sharing Apps

Mobile to mobile file sharing

Recently, we wrote a blog post on the top four mobile apps that facilitate remote access for running a business and we included TappIn for accessing your data remotely, GoToMeeting for keeping in touch and telecommuting, Expensify for keeping track of expenses on the go, and FormMobi for doing work on your phone.

The amount of time people are spending on their mobile devices has steadily increased every year along with the constant expanding capabilities of mobile devices. File sharing apps specifically, allow people to share and access files of varying sizes remotely through their mobile devices, which is an important aspect of many industries.

In this blog post, we’ve named the top four file sharing apps for mobile-to-mobile file sharing. And here they are:

1. Evernote

Not all digital data is Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. In some industries (architecture, engineering, etc.), drawings are often important digital files that need to be shared. With the Evernote app, you can take pictures of your pen and paper drawings with your smartphone (or tablet) as well as share and access those files from anywhere.

2. TappIn

Disclaimer: We think we’re pretty neat. TappIn is the most inclusive file sharing app available today as it enables you to share whatever file types you choose (including documents, music, photo, video, etc.) no matter where the files are saved and from any TappIn-enabled device. TappIn is also great for remote file sharing. Because there is no limit to the access, you can even TappIn to other file sharing solutions.

3. JotNot

Operating somewhat along the same lines as Evernote, the JotNot app lets you easily copy articles, documents, and notes, quickly upload them, and share them via email or with other file sharing apps like Dropbox, or even store them in online storage solutions like the Cloud. Scan entire newspaper articles or other large documents and share them easily with your phone.

4. Dropbox

Definitely one of the most popular file sharing solutions today, the Dropbox app enables you to save files to your Dropbox folder and access those same files from another device as long as they’re signed into their Dropbox account. Even though a recent Dropbox security breach has reminded us all that we’re only as secure as our cloud vendor, with an offer of 2GB of free storage, the user-friendly Dropbox is obviously a popular mobile solution.

Mobile devices like the iPhone and Blackberry have emphasized the importance of making it easier for people to work from their phones. Each of these apps has been designed to make it even easier to access, share, and collaborate online all from your mobile smartphone.

Learn more about the release of TappIn Professional Edition and get started using TappIn for business today.

How to Transfer Files from Your Computer to Your Android Smartphone

Android phone transfer files from computerIf you have an Android smartphone, odds are you use it for more than just making phone calls. Smartphones are designed for users who access multiple types of media from their phones on a regular basis. Whether it is music, videos, photos or basic documents, smartphones are capable of accessing and displaying that data unlike other phones.

But say you’ve downloaded a media file to your home computer, how can you transfer that file to your smartphone (or vice versa)? There are a couple of different apps available to you for transferring files from your computer to your Android mobile phone:

1. Android file transfer – this app allows Mac computer users to easily transfer data saved on their computer to their Android phone. However, this app requires that you physically connect your Android phone to your Mac computer with a special USB cord. The Mac computer and Android phone must stay connected until the file transfer has completed.

2. TappIn for Android app – this app allows you to transfer, share, and access data from your Android phone no matter where that data is saved. With the TappIn app, you can access data on your Mac, PC or Linux operating systems all from your Android phone without needing to connect the phone to the computer. With TappIn, you can remotely access, transfer, and share data.

Because people are using so many different digital devices (personal mobile phone, work cell phone, home computer, work computer, iPad, iPod, etc.) on a daily basis, these days being able to transfer, share, and access data between different devices from different manufacturers is becoming more and more important.

Whatever files you are transferring, sharing, or accessing, it’s important you pick an app that will allow you to easily and securely transfer, share, and access data between devices.

Learn more about TappIn’s security features.

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