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Finding the Most Private & Secure Approach to Remote File Sharing

The popularity of remote file sharing and storage services like the Cloud and Dropbox will only continue to grow as today’s workforce becomes increasingly more and more mobile. These file sharing services not only make it easier to share and access files with coworkers and customers, they allow employees to increase their productivity by making it extremely easy to share and access files from different devices.

But, while services like Dropbox continue to be used by businesses big and small, issues like the Dropbox security breach have helped highlight the need for businesses to look for and invest in more secure file sharing and file access services. The problem with finding private and secure services for file sharing, however, is that secure cloud storage solutions are expensive.

What if you could share files remotely and have access to any storage solution (online or NAS) without paying for more storage? With TappIn, you can privately and securely share files without paying for more storage, because with TappIn, what you are paying for is secure access.

With TappIn, you don’t have to save your files in a particular location or folder (as you do with Dropbox) because, with TappIn, you have access to all of your files anywhere, at any time.

While there are many reasons why you should choose TappIn over Dropbox, if Dropbox has already been widely adopted by your company and peers, you don’t need to change the service everyone else is using. Instead you can use TappIn to tap into your Dropbox. By doing this, your coworkers can continue using a program they are comfortable using and at the same time increase the security of remotely accessing those sensitive files.

Whether you’re sending large files, streaming music, or sharing pictures, security is becoming more and more important to how we access, stream, and share data. Learn more about how the TappIn Professional Edition lets you privately and securely access and share files. Or sign up for a 30-day FREE trial of TappIn Pro!

5 Ways in Which TappIn Saves Even the Worst of Days!

Have you ever gotten to class and realized you've left your homework on your computer at home? Have you ever gotten home and realized that the documents you need to do work from home are trapped on your work computer? Have you ever wanted to share a video or pictures with grandparents without having that media broadcast online?

We live in a digital age now where a majority of correspondence, work, and entertainment takes place online. People use the internet to access a wide range of different digital content from work, to pictures, to music. Whether you’re a professional, a parent, or both, life gets busy, and having access to your own digital content is something you shouldn't have to worry about.

TappIn turns your phone into a one-stop shop for all of your digital content, no matter where you have stored that content. Not sold yet? Consider these five stories in which TappIn’s remote access saved the day from being a horrible, no good, very bad one.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 1: Averted, thanks to photo sharing with TappIn!

Michelle was on her way to her best friend’s wedding. She had just pulled into the parking lot of the venue when she realized she’d forgotten her computer.  Her computer that had the slide show of the soon-to-be newlywed couple that was supposed to play before and after the ceremony.It had taken her a half an hour to drive to the venue; she had no time to go home and get her computer now.

On the verge of tears, and fearing she had ruined an important part of the ceremony, Michelle remembered that she had TappIn on her mobile.And unlike her computer, Michelle never left home without her phone.  Using TappIn, she was able to remotely access the photos she had saved on her home computer, because TappIn enables you to share photos no matter where you have saved them.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 2: Averted, thanks to Video Streaming with TappIn!

Frank had his final presentation for his video editing class in the morning. He had stayed up all night making the final edits to his short film and was trying to save it on something he could transport to class, since his PC was a desktop computer. Saving or sending the video anywhere other than his PC required purchasing expensive storage solutions. He was finally able to save it to a blank DVD, but the quality of the burned DVD was less than impressive.

That’s when Frank remembered he had TappIn. TappIn is the only video streaming solution that doesn't require you to save, upload, or send your video anywhere other than where it is first created. And because you don’t have to upload the videos to view them, when Frank got to class all he had to do was connect his phone to the projector and as soon as he pressed Play, the video began.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 3: Averted, thanks to music streaming with TappIn!

Ben is a musician, and though everyone who heard him knew he was going places, he hadn't yet made the connections he needed to quit his day job. He was dozing in and out of sleep on his daily morning bus ride home from the graveyard shift when he saw a famous local musician causing a stir outside of a Starbucks. At the next stop, he jumped off the bus and started running toward the frenzy.

Since it was early, the crowd was small and relatively calm and Ben was easily able to get the front of the group and ask the musician if he would listen to one of his songs.

“Do you have it on you?”A man standing next to him asked. Ben pulled out his phone and used TappIn to start streaming music, his own music.

The small crowd was encouraging and nodding their head to the beat, when the musician asked, “Do you have other songs?”

“Tons,” Ben replied with a smile, bringing up all of his songs on his phone.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 4: Averted, thanks to sending large files with TappIn!

Harry was in a rush to meet his newest clients, a large hotel chain that was interested in having him design the hotels for their two newest locations. In his excitement that morning, Harry hadn't noticed that the email he tried to send himself, the email with all of the files he planned to present to his clients, hadn't gone through because it had exceeded the file size limit.

He broke out in a cold sweat as he reached the clients’ offices and realized he didn't have anything on him that he could present to them. All of his files were at home on his home computer. As he planned his apologies, he remembered he had TappIn.  Using TappIn, he could access any file of any size, making sending large files obsolete.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 5: Averted, thanks to document access with TappIn!

Carlos was on his way to class after he had stayed up all night putting the final touches on his final thesis paper when he realized that he hadn't sent himself the right document to print on campus. In his exhausted state, he had sent an older version of his final paper to himself instead of the updated one. He was about to turn around and start sprinting on tired legs back towards his house when he remembered he had TappIn.

Carlos hadn't used TappIn that much. He’d downloaded it, played with it for a couple of days, and forgot about it. A couple of taps and seconds later Carlos was able to access the document (link to document access post that hasn't been posted yet, but should be posted before this piece) he was looking for and send the latest version to himself so that he could print it out on campus.

Have you ever been in a scenario like one of the above? Tell us about a horrible, no good, very bad day that was saved with TappIn!

How to Access and Share All of Your Files from Anywhere at Any Time

As more and more people use the internet to communicate with their friends, family and co-workers, many people have been asking for a simple and secure way of sharing and accessing documents online. Whether you’re looking to access sensitive work documents, or share private information with family and friends, there is only one solution that enables you to share and access all of your documents from anywhere at any time without having to save or move those documents. That solution is TappIn.

How to Access Your Files Anytime, Anywhere

Have you ever been at work or school and realized you've forgotten an important document or file on your home computer? Usually in this instance, most people chalk not having that document up to a loss, or if the document is extremely important they are required to get back home and get that document off of their home computer.

But with TappIn, once you download the TappIn app to your computer and mobile devices (including Apple iPhone or iPad, Google Android or Windows Phone 7), you will be able to quickly and securely access any and all documents you've saved on these devices from anywhere at any time.

How to Share Your Files Anytime, Anywhere

After downloading TappIn, whenever you wish to share a document, all you have to do is login, locate the file or folder you would like to share and click on it and tap “Share This File.” And because with TappIn, you don’t have to move or upload your documents anywhere else, you can relax knowing that your shared files never leave the safety of your computer.

Once you have selected “Share This File,” you can use TappIn’s one-click contact management tool to import contact information (from providers like Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail) from your mobile device and select which contacts you want to invite into your private TappIn network. Once those contacts accept your invitation, they can immediately access the documents you’ve selected to share with them.

Three Ways TappIn Beats the Competition in Document Access and Sharing

  1. No Need to Move or Upload Documents: As we've pointed out earlier, unlike other online document access and sharing solutions, TappIn doesn’t require you to store your documents in any one folder or file. With TappIn, you can access ALL of your files, folders, and documents no matter where they are saved.
  2. SecureShare Technology: For your more sensitive documents, TappIn’s SecureShare technology enables you to set authentication settings when sharing documents.  With SecureShare, you can require certain users to login before viewing the documents that have been shared with them. Permissions can also be set individually, allowing some recipients to view, edit, or download your document.
  3. TextShare: For the fastest and easiest way to share documents, TextShare enables you to share documents, files, folders with others via text messaging. With TextShare, a shortened URL (that cannot be tracked) to your document is sent to your recipients and they may access that document directly from their messages.

Not only is TappIn perhaps the easiest to use app for sharing and accessing documents, it is by far one of the most secure online file sharing options available today.

 

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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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3 Reasons Why TappIn Beats iTunes Home Sharing

The demand for internet users to be able to share pictures, videos, and large files quickly and easily online has grown exponentially over the past few years as mobile technology has advanced. As sharing media online has become more popular, so has finding easy and secure ways of sharing that media.

One proposed media sharing solution introduced by iTunes is called iTunes Home Sharing. However, we have noticed some obvious problems with iTunes Home Sharing that make TappIn a considerably better media sharing option.

There are three reasons why TappIn beats iTunes Home Sharing

1. Remote Access

iTunes Home Sharing only allows users to access iTunes libraries that are connected to the same network. That means, if you are connected to a network with your iPhone, you can only access the iTunes libraries of other computers and mobile devices that are connected to the same network.

However, as soon as you leave that network, you can no longer access those libraries.

With TappIn, you do not need to be connected to the same network to access the iTunes libraries on other computers or devices. Once you have connected your devices to TappIn, you can immediately access your iTunes libraries from wherever you choose.

2. Unrestricted Access

iTunes Home Sharing allows its users to access the iTunes libraries of other computers and devices that are connected to the same network. So that if you are in one room in your house and want to listen to music or watch a movie on a computer in another room, you can access that media content without leaving the room you’re in.

The down side is that you are only able to access the iTunes library on another computer or device on the same internet network. If you have a Word document or other files you want to access from another computer on the same network, iTunes Home Sharing cannot give you access to those.

With TappIn, you have access to ALL of your music, data, files, etc. and not just what is stored in your iTunes libraries.

3. Unlimited (Mobile) Device Connections

With iTunes Home Sharing, you can only sync up to five computers on one network to share iTunes libraries at a time. iTunes Home Sharing is also only available on Apple mobile devices.

With TappIn, there is no limit on the number of mobile devices you can use to access your music libraries. TappIn is available on Android as well as Apple devices.

See how easy it is to share media using TappIn!

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Did We Mention That We Love Working Here?

Well it’s not only our opinion, now it is a matter-of-fact. GlobalSCAPE, TappIn’s parent company, was just announced that for the second year in a row it was named to Texas Monthly Magazine’s 2012 list of "Best Companies to Work for in Texas".

Over the past year, GlobalSCAPE has been named a top place to work by three other sources: the San Antonio Express-News, the San Antonio Business Journal, and Computerworld Magazine.

Here in Seattle, we’ve experienced the same first class treatment. The GlobalSCAPE team has been great to us and we’re excited to be a part of the family.

While winning such awards as these are truly an honor and make us thankful for our place of work, it sparked a great blogging opportunity to look at some of the less fortunate jobs in years past…

In The Dark Ages you may have had this job:

The Guillemot Egg Collector: 
Farming could be unpredictable and food scarce, so guillemot eggs were an important source of protein in the Saxon peasant’s diet. The only trouble being that guillemots nest on ledges, precariously balanced on cliff sides, so collecting them meant risking life and limb hundreds of feet above jagged rocks and raging seas. And if this wasn’t dangerous enough, angry birds were likely to attack anyone trying to steal their precious eggs.” Found on the Discovery Channel online.

If you lived in The Middle Ages you could have had this occupation:

The Leech Collector: These poor unfortunates collected leeches - used for medicinal bloodletting - by wading into marshes and letting the little bloodsuckers cling to their legs. One leech is uncomfortable; imagine pulling a whole bucketful off your body! The wounds often became infected and bacteria from the leeches could cause nasty stomach upsets.” Found on the Discovery Channel online.

And finally, in the Georgian Era you could have had this job:

The Mule Scavenger: Georgian mill owners cared about profits and not about the lives of their workers - and the mule scavenger probably had the worst job in the mill. They were child apprentices, as young as eight, often from the local workhouse. They got board, lodgings and pocket money to crawl around under the ‘mules’ (weaving machines) and collect fluff and cotton. The mills were hot, humid and very noisy and mule scavengers worked 12 to 14 hours at a time, with no proper meal breaks. Concentration was everything, as they had to move with the rhythm of the ‘mule’. One slip and they could lose a finger, a hand or even their life, as they were crushed in the heavy machinery.” Found on the Discovery Channel online.

…Yeah, we’re definitely thankful for TappIn and GlobalSCAPE!

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We’d Like to Thank the Academy…

Award season has kicked off in Hollywood filled with the great tradition of red carpets and fashion statements. Despite the fact we are not movie stars, TappIn just couldn’t stay out of the spotlight. We are very excited to announce that TappIn is a finalist for the Info Security 2012 Global Excellence Awards in the SaaS/Cloud Solution category.

This is the 8th year running for the Info Security Global Excellence Awards. This year marks the second consecutive year in which GlobalSCAPE, TappIn’s parent company, has been named a Global Excellence Award finalist. GlobalSCAPE's Managed Information Xchange™ (MIX) solution won the award for the same SaaS/Cloud Solution category in 2011.

To see a list of other awards TappIn has won in the past click here. And while you’re watching all of the Hollywood awards shows this season be sure to use TappIn to share the photos of your reactions to red carpet fashion tragedies.

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TappIn Beats Dropbox

With so many options for storage of your files, it’s nice to know that you can depend on TappIn to come out on top. We believe that’s because TappIn is unique and offers its users more advantages and security than other available options. But you don’t have to take our word for it, just read PCWorld’s review of TappIn.

Here are some quick snippets from the review that showcase why TappIn is better than some other options, such as Dropbox:

“TappIn works slightly differently from remote access storage services like Dropbox. With Dropbox, you are buying storage space on the company's server and allowing others to access your files and folders there. With TappIn, you allow the app to retrieve your data from a designated folder, encrypt it, and send it to another computer or mobile device. TappIn is less expensive than Dropbox, because you are not paying for storage space, and it's faster, because you don't have to upload files.”

I know you’re thinking, “of course, TappIn has the advantage because I’m storing my files locally and not on some mysterious cloud server, but did the reviewer comment on how easy it was to safely share my files?” Yes, the reviewer addresses that wonderfully:

“It was easy to set up and use TappIn. After you sign up for an account, you browse through your files and folders and designate which ones you want to give access to. Then you enter the emails of the people to whom you want to give that access, along with a customizable message letting them know that the files are available. The sharer can require those they share with to log in to TappIn with their own ID and password or they can allow others to see the files without logging in. It would seem to be a no-brainer to require the recipients to log in with a password to keep privacy to a maximum, given how many emails get hacked these days.”

So what did they leave out? Why do you think TappIn is better than other cloud storage services? We want to hear from you! Respond to the review or this blog post. It’s 2012, if that Mayan calendar is right, you’ll be glad you supported TappIn and kept your files where you could find them.

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Last Chance to Upgrade TappIn with Promotional Pricing

Three days left until Christmas. Yes, we know time has flown by and yes of course it’s okay to wait until the last minute to complete your holiday shopping. That’s where we believe we can help.

At TappIn, we love the holidays, so much so that we’re offering a TappIn Standard Edition annual subscription upgrade for just $9.99! It’s perfect for last minute shoppers and the perfect gift for a family member, coworker, or friend.

There are great benefits to giving or upgrading to the Standard Edition including:

· Music: Custom playlists created on-the-fly
· Video: Select and play or share videos
· Devices: Install TappIn on unlimited numbers of computers and have unlimited access
· Display Ads: There aren’t any!

In addition, our new CloudCache features will be available only to Standard Edition users in 2012 – and there are more changes coming! Need to see more? Please see our pricing and features chart at www.tappin.com/pricing. When you are ready, hit the Buy Now button and get the best version of TappIn ever!

Remember, the special promotional period to try Standard Edition free and the promotional upgrade pricing for the Standard Edition annual subscription at $9.99 will end on December 31, 2011. As of January 1, 2012 all free users will be returned to the Lite Edition and the Standard Edition will return to $19.99 per user per year.

From all of us at TappIn,

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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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.