Web file access - MyWorkDrive

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.

 

Configure Windows File Shares - MyWorkDrive

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.

 

VPN Security Concerns

VPN Security Concerns Reduced by Utilizing MyWorkDrive

With More and more employees working remotely VPN Security is a huge concern. Businesses have traditionally used virtual private network (VPN) technology to enable this remote connectivity, but security concerns are requiring companies to leverage new ways of enabling secure remote access.

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.  In addition MyWorkDrive allows administrators to add two factor authentication for improved VPN Security using our DUO.com integration.

Users can still map network drives using our own Mapped Drive or Mobile 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 Cryptolocker viruses, which typically rely on Windows file shares (SMB) to encrypt files, are prevented– since no Windows File Shares are exposed VPN Security is improved.

 

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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File Sharing

Lack of File Sharing Mobility in Workplace Costing Companies

A recent study done by Soonr Inc. has revealed that companies and top executives have lost data, missed deadlines, and suffer from decreased productivity because of a lack of file sharing and remote access.

According to this report, The State of Mobility in The Workplace, 40 percent of top executives for companies have reported that they have missed a deadline because they could not access files remotely with a mobile device. 30 percent say they missed a deadline because they could not edit files remotely. As a result, companies without a clear file sharing strategy in place are losing out on vital business and hurting overall efficiency and productivity.

Business owners need to think about many different administrative details, and it just so happens that how to share files securely is one of those main issues to consider. Now more than ever it is vital for a company to have remote access to files and workstations when not in the office, especially from a mobile device.

As the data from the report tells us, it can cost companies and individual workers or executive’s big time.

Here are three key benefits to having a file sharing strategy/platform in place for your business:

 

Access

Depending on which file-sharing platform you use, and there are seemingly an infinite number out there, one thing is fairly constant – access.

File sharing programs offer more access than ever before, as you can access your documents stored through your desktop, through the internet and a web-based interface, and even through your phone via an app or mobile browser.

File Sharing

What would a file-sharing program be if it did not allow you to actually share your files? Rhetorical question, yes, but the best part about these file-sharing programs is the ability to share files between your business colleagues and employees – regardless of where they are located at.

Now, there are security measures built in that enable you to decide who has access to what and what they can do with files they upload and download, so you don’t have to worry about anyone going in there and messing things up. You can either have a password set up and provide access that way or provide users with their own accounts so you can track their activity specifically.

Storage Backup

Other than the access and sharing capabilities of file sharing platforms, one of the biggest benefits to instituting a file sharing strategy is the storage backup you get with it.

Not only is it paramount for businesses to have remote access to critical documents and projects, you also need to store those files and data to ensure you always have a copy other than on your physical computer. Having a backup readily available, and accessible from anywhere, can ensure your company doesn’t lose vital information again due to disaster or human error.

File Sharing and Cloud File Access

5 Business Technology Pioneers

Where would we be without technology? From the World Wide Web to the Smartphone and everything in between, technology has changed the shape of the world and has complete transformed the way that humankind does virtually everything. Now it’s possible to order a pizza while riding the subway and book a hotel room while driving.

One thing is for sure, however; technology would not be anything it is today if it weren’t for the business technology engineers who shaped it. While there are so many individuals who have helped to shape and change this industry, here’s a look at five of the most influential pioneers.

  1. Mark Zuckerberg –You can’t even buy a package of gum without seeing that iconic blue ‘F’ for Facebook. With billions of users, and millions more new users joining the social media yearly, Mark Zuckerbereg, the creator of the social media giant, is, without a doubt, one of the most notable business technology pioneers.
  2. Sergey Brin and Larry Page – The Stanford University graduates co-created the world’s largest search engine – Google. Together, the two came up with the idea to create a search engine that would provide users with precisely what they were looking for and limited the amount of time that they would have to spend looking for what they wanted to find. Today, Google powers so many facets of the World Wide Web and technology that it the word ‘Google’ has become a verb.
  3. Bill Gates – At just 19 years old, Bill Gates created one of the first software companies for personal computers in the world. At 24, he joined forces with Paul Allen, and together, the two struck a deal that was pure gold. The duo went into business with IBM and completely transformed the way that the World Wide Web operated. Today, Gates is one of the richest people in the world.
  4. Steve Jobs –His name is synonymous with Apple, the company that he created. While Apple is certainly one of his greatest achievements, it’s not his only one; Steve Jobs also changed the animation industry when he pioneered and became the chairman of Pixar. He has single-handedly changed modern music, communication and entertainment.
  5. Thomas Watson Sr and Lou Gerstner – The pair, who both came from the working class, spearheaded a company that completely changed technology. Together, they created International Business Machines, better known as IBM, a computer technology and IT consulting corporation.
Cloud File Server Remote Access

Benefits of Having Remote Access to Your Work Files

Remote access is no longer a company perk it’s a necessity. Remote access means different things to different people. It can refer to telecommuters accessing their company’s server; branch offices that need interaction with systems at company’s main office; or enable mobile employees to upload or download data from a hotel, car, or even a customer’s office.

Remote technology applications boost collaboration. Employees anywhere can access and work with files in real time—no emails back and forth with updated files attached. Better collaboration improves productivity and creativity.

Meetings go digital, enabling effective participation and communication with colleagues, partners, and customers – anytime, anywhere, on virtually any device, eliminating travel and the need for on site interaction.

What Can Remote Technology do for Business?

Access systems anywhere, anytime. With mobility being vital in today’s world, businesses need easy access to their files, calendars, and client database no matter where they are. Remote access applications are a great solution for today’s mobility requirements. Some of the best features:

 

  • File transfers: Easily transfer a file between computers without emailing files to yourself.
  • Remote printing: Send documents to the printers connected to your remote or local PC.

 

Remote technology can provide more time on the job. No more snow days or other challenges associated with absenteeism. Access and productivity are no longer issues with remote access technology. Users can log into their office desktop from home, inclement weather or a personal matter need not impact the business’s ability to continue with day-to-day operations. Remote productivity allows remote workers to perform tasks without interrupting end-users.

How Can a Business Get Remote Access?

When choosing the remote technology for a business, there are many avenues:

Remote Technology programs such as LogMeIn, grant employees access to the programs and data on their company PCs from outside locations. This allows them to work from their chosen device while leaving the actual data back in the office.

Terminal Services, or Remote Desktop Services, where multiple users connect to a single server. Applications are installed on this terminal server rather than on individual desktops.

Cloud-based, using remote servers on the internet to manage, store, and process data instead of using a personal computer.

Many methods of remote access leave your confidential data at risk. MyWorkDrive offers a solution to give you all of the benefits of the cloud and remote access, but with reduced risks.