Resolve Business Challenges Quickly with MyWorkDrive

In today’s working world, whether your business is large or small, you require remote access to your files. You may rely on a Virtual Private Network (VPN), with syncing to do this. Regardless of the solution type, you just need to access your files from any location in a secure, reliable, cost-effective way. This is the genesis of MyWorkDrive. It allows you to work from anywhere, and access your files without the need for a VPN, or syncing files.

 

 

Why MyWorkDrive?

You need reliable, fast and secure access to your files from anywhere, without the worries about:

  • Ransomware, like Cryptolocker, that can access your network via VPN.
  • Costly sync/share solutions that expose you to data vulnerabilities if a laptop is stolen.
  • Cloud solutions with bandwidth constraints and support issues.
  • Putting all of your data in the cloud—You may just want an incremental move due to regulatory issues, or just because you’re not comfortable with this.

With MyWorkDrive, you have fast, easy and secure remote access to your organization’s files using YOUR server storage: 

  • No more privacy worries about data being stored in the cloud, or not syncing to your remote computers.
  • No more downloading and syncing all your data to access files. (This doesn’t work if you maintain a lot of data.)
  • All your files remain on your local server when large files or data sets are needed, and available at Gigabit network speeds though the same mapped drives you already use.

MyWorkDrive provides a Lightning-Fast Web Browser, Mapped Drive and Mobile Access to your work files without all the administration hassles and time wasted waiting for connections. Plus, it offers native or Office 365 integration without the need to download files to your system.

 

How MyWorkDrive Works

 

  • You simply log in to MyWorkDrive with your network credentials. Or you can opt for Single Sign On (SSO) ADFS with Two-Factor Authentication Security.

 

  • Permissions can be set for each user to designate what access they have to files. Plus, you’ll have a log of all file access for security and control.

 

  • All files remain on YOUR server, and under YOUR control.

 

  • Documents can be edited directly from MyWorkDrive without downloading them, and then saved securely.

 

  • Your employees can co-edit documents in Office 365 in real time. And when one person needs to work on a file, it will be locked until they have completed and saved their work, notifying others if they try to work on it at the same time.

 

  • Users can find files easily with an Integrated Search function and shortcuts to folders

 

  • Take advantage of Drag & Drop for file and folder uploads.

 

  • Enjoy Mobile Support for iOS & Droid with File Upload/Download and Viewing capabilities

 

  • MyWorkDrive provides Multi-Language support.

 

Both large and small organizations have benefited from increased security, productivity and efficiency with MyWorkDrive. They enjoy private and simple file access from any device. 

MyWorkDrive integration adds local server document editing in Office Online

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Latest MyWorkDrive Innovation Allows for Co-Authoring Integration for Office Online!

MyWorkDrive is thrilled to announce certification in Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program.

MyWorkDrive allows users to edit and co-edit documents in a Microsoft Online browser window, and save their documents back to the companies local file server.  MyWorkDrive is the only on premise remote access solution that enables enterprises to remotely edit and collaborate on documents within a browser window, using Office Online and keep files stored on their local server.  This allows MyWorkDrive users to take advantage of more efficient opportunities to collaborate and get work done, from anywhere in the world while saving on costly Office 365 E3 Licensing by utilizing Office 365 E1 Licenses for users who do not need full Office on their local PC’s.

The team of cloud storage innovators at San Francisco’s MyWorkDrive are thrilled to be unveiling the latest development to their software. MyWorkDrive has been officially certified with Microsoft’s Cloud Storage Partner Program, meaning MyWorkDrive clients will have access to co-authoring integration when using Microsoft Office Online. This latest development and partnership with Microsoft is a direct move to optimize the software’s capabilities for current users and businesses across the globe who are considering cloud use or migration.

MyWorkDrive is thrilled to be certified as a Microsoft Cloud Storage Provider and are eager to share the benefits of this partnership with their clients. Other cloud access systems use third-party document editors or require additional servers. With MyWorkDrive customers can integrate local files directly into Office Online. Whether a user needs to work on files based in Word, PowerPoint or Excel, efficient editing and collaboration capabilities are now central features of the MyWorkDrive platform.

The modern business world is more dynamic and fast-moving than ever before and the team at MyWorkDrive believes technology should be supportive of this demanding environment and optimize it’s potential. More and more professionals are driving a demand for universal access, storage and the ability to collaborate remotely; businesses in every industry want instant access, from anywhere and all the time. MyWorkDrive is passionate about being the premium solution to satisfy this demand and their partnership with Microsoft is an incredibly valued endeavor.

“Our team has over two decades of experience working in managed IT for business.” MyWorkDrive, Co-Founder Dan Gordon claims. “We’re excited about continually optimizing our software to better support the specific needs of modern business professionals. Our partnership with Microsoft and co-authoring integration is a huge asset to our client base. It allows them to get more done and allows for work to be accessed, edited and stored seamlessly. This is the future of modern commerce and we’re excited to be driving its development for business professionals all over the world.”

For more information on the innovative MyWorkDrive cloud storage solutions and their exciting new certification with the Microsoft Cloud Storage Partnership Program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to their team of experts anytime at (877) 705-4997 or via email at sales@myworkdrive.com

Release of MyWorkDrive 2.0 Brings Competitive Advantages to Modern Business Professionals!

San Francisco Company Thrilled to Announce Latest Version of Groundbreaking Remote Access Solution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – December 12th 2016 – The modern business landscape is fast-moving and evolves rapidly, more often demanding significant adaptability and efficiency from entrepreneurs and business staff. Rob Schenk and Dan Gordon of San Francisco IT support and consultancy firm, Intivix, set out on a mission to help respond to this increasing demand by creating MyWorkDrive. MyWorkDrive is a remote file access solution for business-owners that is poised to replace its expensive and complex competitors.

To help modern business professionals thrive, MyWorkDrive is defined by three centralizing features: ease of access, speed and cost efficiency. Users can easily access the contents of their business server remotely, without concerns about security or complexity. The entire MyWorkDrive team is committed to continually optimizing the product to best suit the evolving demands of the modern business landscape.

In light of this commitment, Schenk and Gordon are incredibly excited to announce the release of MyWorkDrive Version 2! The latest version offers product optimizations and added benefits for users including:
• Expanded localization settings that include: English, Spanish, French & German.
• Windows Server Search service integration
• Capacity to download folders/files as ZIP
• Increased support for installing on a Domain Controller
• Improved setup and integration improvements in Windows Server 2012 R2
• Support for Windows Server 2016

“We’ve had such a great response from users who absolutely love MyWorkDrive and the advantages it offers over traditional remote access solutions.” Gordon claims. “It really means the world to us because helping business owners drive productivity and competitiveness through technology is a huge part of why we started MyWorkDrive. We look forward to making continual improvements to help business owners make the most of their MyWorkDrive use.”

The entire MyWorkDrive team looks forward to continually growing with the business landscape to offer the most user-friendly, comprehensive and cost-effective remote file access solutions for every kind of modern professional. In hopes of driving increased simplicity and security, features planned for future implementation include:
• Windows Mapped Drive Client
• Office Online Editing
• Two Factor Authentication
• Post Setup Configuration Wizard

About MyWorkDrive
Founded by San Francisco IT experts Dan Gordon and Rob Schenk of Intivix, MyWorkDrive seeks to offer cost effective remote file access solutions for business owners, without sacrificing speed or efficiency. MyWorkDrive allows users to remotely and securely access organizational files and data in a way that is designed to maintain productivity and ease of use. MyWorkDrive is rooted in a philosophy of helping modern business-owners harness technology to better support business needs and help realize organizational goals.

MyWorkDrive Featured at Microsoft World Partner Conference

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This past summer MyWorkDrive was highlighted at the Microsoft World Partner Conference.   We were excited to share our cloud success with other partners!  In addition to presenting at the conference MyWorkDrive has been accepted into Microsoft’s invitation only Enterprise Cloud Alliance.   We look forward to a great partnership!

Check out the Microsoft blog article here: 
 
 
The Video is here: http://resources.wpc.microsoft.com/#key=searchTerm&value=us04 Dan Gordon, Co-Founder presented.  MyWorkDrive Presentation starts at 33:19

 

MyWorkDrive:Faster, Cheaper, Better.

MyWorkDrive is not another File Sync and Share product. In fact, it is a NEW PARADIGM for providing remote workers with faster, easier, and direct access to their work files.

The premise for Enterprise File Sync & Share (EFSS ) products is that company files are synced across managed user devices, permissions are managed outside of Active Directory, and the process of connecting to existing file shares is more of an afterthought.

We designed MyWorkDrive from the ground up to provide simple, secure, and fast web browser & mapped drive access to existing file shares—leveraging native Active Directory integration.  For example, with other Sync and Share products, even if they do have an option to connect to existing Windows file shares, users must be manually imported from Active Directory every time a new user is created. With MyWorkDrive, since we tie directly into Active Directory, there is no user management maintenance needed going forward. As users are added or removed from a group in Active Directory, they are automatically added or removed from MyWorkDrive.

From an engineering perspective, MyWorkDrive has a much stronger and secure engine that utilizes Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) as opposed to many Sync and Share products that leverage Apache. This makes it much easier to manage, patch and add your own SSL Certificates, leveraging skills your technicians already have.

With MyWorkDrive, there are no databases to manage, unlike Sync and Share products. Therefore, administrators do not need to worry about databases that need pruning, patching or backups. Furthermore, MyWorkDrive can be installed on existing servers due to the smaller footprint.   MyWorkDrive price point is also much lower than Sync and Share products—ranging from $1 – $3 per user, instead of up to $15 per user per month.

With a much lighter footprint, easy management, and fast deployment, MyWorkDrive can be setup in UNDER 30 MINUTES.  With Sync and Share on-premises solutions,  you need to setup multiple servers, manage databases, configure your own file editors, configure LDAP, connectors and numerous other items to deploy the software.   With MyWorkDrive, native Active Directory integration is included in all pricing levels OUT OF THE BOX. Therefore, ALL user and group permissions are inherited and utilized automatically.

Another big differentiator of MyWorkDrive is our patent-pending Cloud Connector. We are unique in this respect.  The included Cloud Connector option enables direct access to your MyWorkDrive server through our patent-pending integration system.  This means there are no SSL Certificates to setup, no firewall/NAT policy rules to change, nor DNS settings to adjust.  Your files remain on your server UNDER YOUR CONTROL but are made available to your users through our network in minutes.  This means you can get a Proof of Concept or long-term MyWorkDrive solution up and running quickly—all with minimal technical skills and no ongoing maintenance.

File Sharing and Cloud Services

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A review of recent internet posts on file sharing and cloud solutions reveals an ongoing demand for an easy file web access and map drive solution for existing Windows File Servers that’s not currently available in typical file sharing services.  Intivix – our MSP in San Francisco – looked for products to fill this demand and came up short. All the products assumed clients are looking to sync all their data to the cloud or users’ desktops – this is not feasible when file server storage for even the smallest client exceeds 1 terabyte. Intivix ended up designing their own product – MyWorkDrive.com – and setup a new company around it. Intivix now uses it at numerous clients and for their own secure file remote access solution.

Some of the most requested features MyWorkDrive fulfills include:

  1. 100% native windows product – easy to patch and ties into active directory (with nothing to configure) and inherits existing NTFS permissions, users and groups.
  2. File access solution – no VPN – end users utilize the file web access browser client or WebDAV to map drives, no sync clients to maintain or troubleshoot – We leave synching to whatever service the client prefers for a subset of their files – Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc..
  3. Files can be viewed on iPad’s or for power users they can utilize WebDAV to connect to shares using 3rd party apps – we recommend WebDAV Navigator for both IOS and Android powered phones.
  4. Security utilizes Windows IIS so it’s easy to scan, update and manage. Our optional free relay service allows small clients to access files through our azure service bus relay – so no Firewalls, SSL Certificates or host names to configure – meaning no open ports to servers. We regularly scan our relay servers using Qualys SSL Labs to ensure an A rating.

With MyWorkDrive users can connect to internal files & shares using any web browser, map drives over WebDAV and enjoy ease of access on any mobile device – all while providing internal access at gigabit speeds using mapped drives users already know.

With MyWorkDrive users enjoy all the benefits of cloud file web access without giving up their data!

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MyWorkDrive File Server Web Access Now Live!

MyWorkDrive.com is now live!

We are pleased to report MyWorkDrive is now available for purchase and as a monthly subscription.

MyWorkDrive let’s you “webify” your existing windows file servers in place for cloud file web access by employees.  The server can be located on premise or as a hosted virtual machine on Azure, AWS and others.  Customers are in control of their data as it remains on premise on existing servers.   Unlike clunky SSL VPN file sharing solutions, MyWorkDrive’s simple file server web access client provides a robust interface allowing users to interact with file shares as though they are in the office.   Upload, Download, Drag & Drop, Active Directory Integration, Home Drive Access and WebDAV support are enabled for all versions out of the box.

Our product has been very well received and MyWorkDrive is running on numerous firms including our own!   Having been in the IT business ourselves for many years we developed MyWorkDrive for Windows Sysadmins ( fast 10 minute setup ) and end users ( easy, fast and secure remote file access ).   We subjected MyWorkDrive to rigorous security testing utilizing it in house and at our MSP where it has been deployed to numerous clients over the past year.

Simply install our software ( active directory connects to your internal domain out of the box) configure shares and enable our cloud connector to use our relay service or install your own SSL Certificate and host name. User’s can then connect via the web client for direct editing of office documents ( no download required ), home drive access and WebDAV support for mapping drives or accessing via mobile devices.

Simple, easy and quick.  Free trial is available for download.

 

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What makes MyWorkDrive different?

What makes MyWorkDrive different?

MyWorkDrive is designed to integrate with existing on-premise Windows File Servers while providing end users with fast cloud file cloud access – all while maintaining local IT control over the data.  The server software is very lightweight – no databases or complicated LDAP requirements – and can be installed directly on existing Windows File Servers.

Server Services

Other products utilize 3rd party integration software to integrate into Window Active Directory and create error-prone, bloated databases that must be maintained, pruned, and backed up.  With MyWorkDrive, there are no databases or additional servers to maintain.   Our software components utilize native Windows components that can be easily patched as opposed to fragile open source software.  Backing up the MyWorkDrive configuration is as simple as copying a few XML files.

User Integration

Since MyWorkDrive utilizes native Windows components and runs within IIS, existing Active Directory users and groups are accessible and manageable right out of the box.  Provisioning shares is simple – the systems administrator simply points to the existing file folders (if installed on an existing file server) or share paths such as \\server1\share and chooses what user groups to allow access.  Existing NTFS permissions are supported automatically. Other products require complicated LDAP configurations and the continual import of new users & groups. With MyWorkDrive, an end user’s home drives are made available by default with no extra setup, formulas, or added configuration required.  Once the shares are set up, new users who are added to Active Directory, can login to MyWorkDrive with no additional requirements.

Web Publishing

Our optional MyWorkDrive Cloud Connector service allows the system administrator to publish the end user web file manager portal in minutes.  This means the administrator can simply choose their preferred client URL such as https://MyBusiness.myworkdrive.net and publish it to the end users without opening up firewall ports nor purchasing and maintaining SSL certificates.  Our Cloud Connector service utilizes the highest encryption available and is locked down to prevent all known threats. All files remain on the customer’s server, flowing through our encrypted relay channel as they are accessed by end users.  Unlike other vendors, we have no access to data – all data stays on the customer’s server. We regularly test our relay servers to ensure the highest rating on Qualys SSL Labs.   Self-hosted options from other vendors require significant security expertise to achieve the same level of encryption and availability with some vendors defaulting to no encryption all.  MyWorkDrive’s level of security expertise is not typically available to a small business nor is it maintained when using competing products.

Web File Access

MyWorkDrive’s Web File Manager access browser client is the most advanced and user friendly in the industry. Upon login, the user is presented with their home drive and file shares in a view similar to Windows File Explorer.  Files and folders are displayed in Detail view for easy sorting, by name and date.  Our browser client provides the unique ability to double-click on a Microsoft Office document, edit it and save it back – all without requiring the file to be downloaded or synced first to the user’s remote PC.  This unique function ensures data remains on premise and under business control.   Other vendor’s products require downloading of files and utilize an unfriendly user interface with only basic file and folder functions.

File Syncing

Competing products all assume System Administrators will maintain a file sync client on all user’s desktops.   Syncing clients generate a tremendous amount of network traffic that fills up an end user’s PC with files which creates a substantial support burden on System Administrators.  Since MyWorkDrive connects to existing file shares and the end users home drive with both a Web client and mapped drives, syncing is not needed.  It’s not uncommon for even the smallest business to have over 1TB of files on even the smallest of file servers.  Syncing that amount of data across multiple user’s desktops is unsupportable in these scenarios.  With fast Internet access available just about anywhere, error prone file syncing is not required nor desired by many businesses.

 

Remote Access VPN Security Concerns Reduced by Utilizing MyWorkDrive.com File Web Access

More and more workers are working remotely these days. Businesses have traditionally used virtual private network (VPN) technology to enable this remote connectivity, but security concerns are increasing requiring companies to leverage new ways of enabling secure telework.

The problem with utilizing VPN software to connect to work resources is that end users are creating an open tunnel between their home and corporate networks.  This method allows full remote access to the entire work network from outside the office, bypassing most firewall rules (the VPN connection is technically initiated from inside the work LAN).  In most cases, the entire corporate network is accessible to the remote worker, exposing all servers and desktops rather than just the resources needed.

In this scenario, any security vulnerability or malware present on the remote worker’s computer and network can infect the work network for the duration of the VPN connection. This includes viruses. For example, if the remote PC has a nasty virus, it can spread across the VPN to the corporate network and could bypass work firewall protections.  In addition, if the remote PC is compromised, it could be used as a conduit directly into the office LAN where hackers can exploit vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized systems access.

To reduce exposure to the corporate network, VPN users should be prevented from opening a VPN session to the corporate office (especially from unmanaged home PCs). The connection should be locked down to only what the teleworker needs to access to and prevented from leaving the connection established when not in use.  Furthermore, Network Access Protection (NAP) technologies should be enabled on the VPN access point to prevent access from PCs without firewall and current antivirus protection enabled.

MyWorkDrive alleviates these security issues and complexities because only a single port (SSL Port 443) is exposed to the remote worker’s PC and network—all other connections are blocked. This greatly reduces the surface area for attack by virus infections and hackers.

Users can still map network drives using our recommended WebDAV clients or access files using our Web File Access client—this enables the same user experience they have to come to expect when in the office.  Additionally, threats such as the Cryptolocker viruses, which typically rely on Windows file shares (SMB) to encrypt files, are prevented– since no Windows File Shares are exposed.

 

The following is a home VPN user scenario that keeps IT managers up at night:

A remote teleworker is connected to the VPN from their home PC and gets infected by Cryptolocker. At the time of infection, they happened to be mapped to a corporate network drive.  Perhaps they pay the ransom or perhaps not (maybe they don’t because they have backups of the work on their own home machine). The timer lapses and the teleworker runs a malware cleaner to remove the infection.  They’re relieved, but unaware that they’ve encrypted several files on our network drive due to the original infection. They don’t think to inform the IT department, because it’s an issue with their home PC and not “work-related.”

A few weeks pass and other workers discovers that a file on the network drive won’t open. They flag it to the IT department.  The IT team restore the file from backup, but unfortunately it turns out that only encrypted files have been backed up for the past 4 weeks… So the company has now lost the data as a result.

This situation could become exponentially worse, as thousands of network files could be encrypted and the business would never know until somebody tries to open them and is unable to do so because of the infection.

 

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Contact us today to get started setting up a secure remote access solution with MyWorkDrive – https://www.myworkdrive.com

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