The cloud may be the next frontier but we’ve seen how vulnerable it is, and how easily personal files can become available to malicious attacks. As the consumer cloud in particular becomes more relevant, so too becomes the need for secure services.
Addressing the matter head on is CodeTwo, the award-winning provider of MS Exchange and Outlook-based software solutions. This week they debuted CodeTwo Public Folders 5 that introduces a new way of file sharing and file syncing with “direct link.” This allows business professionals to share Outlook items such as calendars, contacts, tasks, notes, email and any Windows file across a local network or via the Internet without using external servers.
Traditional business cloud software solutions have several disadvantages, such as high costs, and often require I.T. knowledge and/or network administrators to implement and maintain. But with CodeTwo’s Public Folder 5, it delivers a safer “direct link” solution and bypasses external servers and stores, shares, and syncs encrypted data only on local computers.
“CodeTwo Public Folders 5 meets our customers’ need for a faster, easier, and safer way to share Outlook content and any Windows file,” said Szymon Szczesniak, marketing manager at CodeTwo. “Whether across a local network or via the Internet, users can share and sync files and data quickly and safely. The end result is increased productivity for individual colleagues, teams, and companies at-large.”
CodeTwo Public Folders allow users to create and share public or personal folders, provide real-time automatic syncing, sync Outlook custom forms and views, and manage access rights, backups, licensing or restore removed items from the convenient admin panel. The best part is that it’s fast to set up and easy to use – no need to learn new software, and no servers or high-level technical expertise required.
The service uses direct link to safely sync Outlook or Windows files, as data is only stored and synced on local computers, providing better protection from loss or unauthorized access. It also features File Sharing App so any Windows file can be shared over the Internet without storing files on external servers; Shared Data Encryption so synced files are always fully encrypted when traveling between computers; Improved Security via native password authentication; Sync public folders with iCloud; and it features new Outlook icons and admin panel windows.
CodeTwo isn’t the only one thinking outside the cloud, as SugarSync recently introduced a revamped service. With the cloud, data or files are readily available for users, but many are still intimidated by it because they think it’s so complicated. SugarSync’s overhaul provides a new user interface that makes it easier to use, plus it’s more social. SugarSync will allow one user to share a file, even if the receiver doesn’t have enough storage and needs to upgrade, and the receiver still has full access to it.
The cloud is certainly gaining appeal. Since Microsoft released their sync apps for SkyDrive about six months ago, users have already doubled the amount of storage being used. The sync apps allowed users to view and manage personal SkyDrive from the File Explorer in Windows and Finder in OS X. Aside from the ability to select what to sync, Microsoft also added the ability to share files and folders right from Window File Explorer as well as released updates for SkyDrive apps for Windows Phone and Android which improves accessibility of files across various devices.
“We’re both humbled and excited by this pace of growth,” said Mike Torres
Group Program Manager of SkyDrive apps. “While many of you have told us that you love being able to have everything in one place and access it from anywhere, you’ve also said that sometimes you want to be more selective with the files you sync to each device.”