Top 5 Reasons Your Company Should Use MyWorkDrive

There are 5 big advantages to using MyWorkDrive over just about any other remote access file share methodology that comes to mind including Egnyte and WeTransfer.

1. Easy Setup & Installation

Your user community can be up and running quickly. By enabling and using already existing NTFS permissions, multiple and mobile device management is easy. You won’t be opening any ports in your firewall that you wouldn’t open for any other website with Port 80 and/or Port 443.  You can do a simple setup and have a share active with a group of users able to access it via the web in 15 minutes.  MyWorkDrive lets you share files securely inside and outside your company without wasting time on slow and complicated VPN setups.

2. Easy to Use

No steep learning curve for adopters. You’re not talking people through installing VPN clients or trying to remote into users’ BYOD equipment or sharing permissions that have to be constantly monitored. The allowed user goes to a website and logs in with their domain credentials.  Whether on a mobile device, tablet, a networked desktop computer, or laptop, all their files are there, ready to work on and easily accessible. Also, with Office Online Edit, editing documents is instant and there is absolutely no syncing required. Instant editing is available whether they have Office installed locally or not.

3. Security & Data Leak Prevention

With MyWorkDrive, you’re not exposing malware prone ports to your data subsystems.  Your files aren’t being synced or shared.  Your files are made available using the same user access rights that the user would have in the office (or even less, as you can adjust in our admin panel – but never more).  You can also configure MyWorkDrive for data leak prevention to limit external access, add watermarks, and prevent printing or clipboard access.  When using VPN, think about all the things you would have to do to harden those ports – IP Restrictions, firewall rules, MAC address locking, and more. Access and user management becomes cumbersome and complicated. When you are about to open SMB ports to remote locations there is always the worry about someone innocently plugging into an ethernet jack or connecting to WiFi and bringing a virus/malware onto the entire network. A solution like MyWorkDrive means none of those ports needs to be open/mapped to a remote site.  If a remote site gets compromised, that remote site won’t transfer anything back to the home network.  Yes, it will damage the remote site – but there’s no risk to the home office or other sites because the access simply isn’t there.

4. No SMB-related Complications

SMB Is slow.  MyWorkDrive’s web client is simpler to use than any SMB or VPN share. SMB Requires port 445 to be open, which is prone to malware including the likes of infamous offenders like Wannacry, Sasser, Nimda, Petya/NotPetya, and more. It’s a constant worry and reoccurring nightmare to think about having ports 137-139 and/or port 445 open to the internet which is why they are always blocked.  MyWorkDrive runs on port 443 – https for easy access from any network in comparison. SMB Is hard to train “open explorer and type \\…” or “open the run command and type.. ” vs “go to Share.MySite.com and login with your computer username and password.”

5.VPN Alternative

MyWorkDrive is a fast, secure VPN Alternative. In today’s global workforce and constantly connected user, there is a critical need for secure remote access especially for file editing, sharing, and collaboration. A remote desktop configuration is what is usually needed including vendors like GoToMyPC or LogMeIn that rely on network firewalls and VPN protocols to allow users remote access. Accessing remote desktops or servers this way is clunky, not seamless, and not totally secure. “Cloud VPN” screams public cloud, which means multi-tenant.  By being in a public cloud, you’ve got security and performance risks and neither of which is wanted when you’re dealing with your employees trying to work or your intellectual property and critical digital assets, the company’s crown jewels so to speak. Many companies look at cloud VPN over MyWorkDrive when considering MyWorkDrive, but decision makers need to ask themselves- are the risks justified or cost savings real?  With MyWorkDrive, you’re in a “private cloud.” It’s your physical server which is behind your locked door and your firewall sharing your files to your users.

A cloud VPN typically has some sort of user sync in order to authenticate.  How much do you know and trust the partner you’re handing your credential data too?  With MyWorkDrive there is no separate authentication database. The server authenticates users as they login directly with Active Directory.  Credentials are never synced or copied to a location you do not directly control. Connecting that to a public cloud is like taking that server and setting it outside your business on a high traffic street in a storage box you don’t control. You’re giving up a lot of security and trusting the provider to say they’ve built a strong enough door and used a big enough lock. Sure, you may not be a large enough company or in an industry regularly targeted by your competitors for industrial espionage, but look at all the companies that have been hit by Ransomware.  Malware actors would like nothing more than to compromise your cloud provider’s security and lock you out of your own files.  By joining their public cloud, you’ve made yourself a more appealing target.

With MyWorkDrive, you are not dependent on anyone’s security protocol, procedure, or system but your own.  Furthermore, if you DO have a problem, the software is running on your server.  Stop the service, stop the website, shut off the box.  You’re in control.  You don’t need to login to some cloud service, which is probably going to make killing your account and removing your data hard because they’re incentive is to keep it live (and keep you paying for it).  If you do get your files migrated back to you, then you need to hope that the cloud vendor destroys their copy of your credential library and it will be up to you to reconstruct your file share folders or metadata.

Bottom Line

There is nothing like MyWorkDrive on the market and it’s not accurate to compare it to a public cloud service of any kind or a VPN or Sync and Share or other Collaboration provider. MyWorkDrive is superior in performance, reliability and security at a lower overall total cost of ownership.