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Lessons of the Iowa Caucus: Why Is It Important to Test Software?

The Iowa Caucus is usually synonymous with launching the presidential campaign. Yet the evening of February 3, 2020 will be one that many will not forget, nor should they. Whether or not one is politically minded, there is a lesson to be learned here. 

That Monday night’s Iowa caucuses started out as a politically charged event with all the ballyhoo of political speeches and delegates making deals. Unfortunately, it will likely be associated with the mistakes that were made that led to no clear Democratic winner being declared that night. 

The New York Times reported that part of the reason behind this was a mobile app that was designed to add up and report the caucus votes of each precinct. Some questioned if the app not working was the result of hacking or sabotage. It turns out that it was a lot more mundane, and more frustrating, to boot. 

In their haste to get the app running on time, it was reported that the company that built it haphazardly put it together in two months; including not testing it properly. Furthermore, poor connectivity and bottleneck bandwidth were also to blame. To make matters worse, when several county chairs attempted to call tech support, they were on hold for upwards to two hours. NPR News reported that the Iowa Democratic Party doubled down, and refused to initially answer questions about the creator of the software or even what measures of testing, or security protocols it went through.

What Lessons Should We Learn From Iowa?

Even if you don’t require software that could decide the leader of a country, there are a lot of lessons to be learned here. One big one is that if your company is designing anything new, it’s important to make sure that proper testing and training is conducted to make sure your employees know how to use the application and minimize potential problems should they arise. 

It’s also important to make security protocols are properly being followed and allow for encryption of secure documents. Mobile and cloud content security is also crucial for any operation to run smoothly. It’s also important that such security is able to run across multiple devices. 

Finally, being able to provide a scalable support team is important in case something goes wrong on the day of launch. Improving business communication is crucial, and being able to connect your end user to a support specialist is of the utmost importance. This also allows hold times, as well as worry, to be kept to a minimum. 

DocuServe is a cloud-based digital data protection company providing services that include cloud-based document management, content encryption and distribution, and digital media replication and encryption. Contact us today to learn about our full range of solutions.


Digital Printing

Is Your Business Considering Digital Printing?

Technology has not only transformed the way we live our lives, but it has also changed the way we print. Case in point: Digital printing.

As the Xerox website explains, “Digital printing offers numerous advantages over traditional analog printing methods – such as offset printing – because digital printing machines do not require printing plates. Instead of using metal plates to transfer an image, digital printing presses print the image directly onto the media substrate.

“Digital production print technology is evolving quickly, and digital printing output quality is improving continuously. These advancements are delivering print quality that mimics offset.”

Digital printing provides the following advantages:

  • Personalized, variable data printing (VDP) – This allows such marketing materials as mailers to be personalized with the recipient’s name and other individualized information.
  • Print-on-demand
  • Cost-effective short runs
  • Fast turnarounds
  • Consistency – Every print is the same, due to not having to balance ink and water during the press run.
  • Environmentally friendly – As there are no pre-press stages, there is no need for film plates or photo chemicals.

What to look for in a digital printing company?

To get the best service and highest possible quality from a digital printing company, do your homework before making your choice. Here is what you need to look for in a digital printing company:

Check the quality they offer and deliver; research their professional reputation – Ask to see physical examples of the print company’s work – not just examples on their website. Read customer reviews and the printer’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to get an idea of their quality, reliability, etc. Also check their Better Business Bureau rating.

Check their customer service – Be sure you have good communication with the company’s owner or manager. As Canada Print Services advises, “It is vital that they should be trustworthy, professional and responsive. They should be able to take care of your account from start to finish seamlessly and efficiently. Good communication and troubleshooting skills are very important, as well. The company you choose should be able to work well with you. They should know how to listen and cater to your needs. The last thing you need is working with a digital printing company that will make decisions without your consent.”

Pricing is also important – Get a good quality-to-value ratio. Know what competitive rates in your geographic location are. While you don’t want to overpay, choosing the lowest bid may result in poor-quality results.

How can digital printing help your brand?

Digital printing can help your brand get personal and drive revenue, especially for magazine publishers. Digital publishing has revolutionized book publishing, created new forms of direct mail, and allows you to do targeted promotions. Here is what digital printing can do for magazine publishers:

Inkjet messaging – As mentioned earlier, digital printing allows you to get personal. In the United States, most magazine copies are personalized with the help of digital printing technology that allows them to inkjet each copy with the recipient’s name and mailing address. It does not cost you much to add additional inkjet messaging to the cover. It opens up a variety of messaging options for magazines that can be used to drive home their point.

Programmatic direct mail – Programmatic direct mail is a fast-growing marketing approach that announces the kind of content magazine publishers create. Programmatic direct mail is a method that is used to identify website visitors (also prospective buyers) based on their activities – such as clicks, searches and cart abandonment. Taking physical mailing addresses from the databases that link online identities, a customized mailing is digitally printed and mailed to the prospect. The mailer could be a mini catalog or a postcard.

Customized cover wraps – Sponsored or customized cover wraps can help magazines reach highly targeted audiences. For example, copies sent to the waiting room of an ear, nose and throat practice (ENT) can carry a promotional cover wrap of a hearing-aid brand. The cover wraps can also be customized to the extent that it lists the names of dealers nearby.

Print-on-Demand – With digital printing, publishers don’t need to worry about running short of copies. That is the reason why publishers of late have cut down on the number of “just in case” copies. In case of shortage, publishers can switch to digital printing and print the copy in time. It allows the publishers to save money because they don’t have to print extra copies, and they don’t need extra storage space.

The future of digital printing

So, what is the future of digital printing?

The global digital print market in 2013 was estimated to be over 120 billion USD. And, the global digital printing market is expected to reach over 225% of its total 2013 industry value by 2024. The growth in the digital printing market is phenomenal and steady. Here are some of the emerging trends in the digital print industry:

Service improvements – The biggest reason the digital print market is seeing major growth is its ability to offer superior service. Also, it allows businesses to increase their profit margins and opens up new opportunities. Digital printing has also taken personalization and versioning to the next level, which is extremely important in today’s competitive environment. Further, it allows businesses to reach their target audience more effectively. Also, the maturation of Big Data with technology allows businesses to find new pools of valued clientele. Digital printing is also expected to be widely used for packaging and labels.

Inkjet is set to overtake electrophotography – The biggest contributor to the digital print market will be electrophotography, according to a report by Smithers Pira. But inkjet will be the fastest-growing sector in the years to come. Inkjet is set to overtake electrophotography soon, and by 2024, it is expected to account for 53% of the digital print volume and 56% of the total value.

The print packaging sector will experience growth – Digital production techniques are likely to focus on metal, cartons, rigid, and corrugated structures in the years to come. The printed packaging sector is set to see significant growth, both in terms of volume and value in the future.

If you are looking for a digital printing services company, DocuServe has been in the digital printing business since 1994, and we can assure you of delivering high-quality at reasonable rates. From training manuals to catalogs and books, contact us for all your digital printing needs.


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Facebook Cryptocurrency in Trouble

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Facebook no doubt rules the social media roost, but its ambitious cryptocurrency plan, Libra, seems to have hit a roadblock.

In June of 2019, Facebook formally announced its plan to enter the cryptocurrency market with Libra. The whitepaper on Libra was released, and the currency set for a 2020 launch. You can refer to our earlier blog post – Will Facebook Change The Cryptocurrency Market? – to learn about Libra’s background.

But with G7 and G20 raising concerns over cryptocurrencies, it appears unlikely that Libra will see the light of day any time soon. So to try to determine what the future holds for Libra, we will examine the path it has traveled up to now.

The idea behind Facebook Libra

Libra was intended to provide a stable global currency and financial infrastructure to empower billions of people. The currency would have been built on a secure and stable open-source blockchain, which was to be governed by an independent association and backed by a reserve of real assets.

The aim was to create better and cheaper access to financial services for people, regardless of their financial status, region or standing. 

Facebook saw cryptocurrencies as both a threat and an opportunity. Cryptocurrencies can disrupt market dynamics – it can alter the way goods and services are bought and sold by eliminating transaction fees that are synonymous with credit cards. This could affect Facebook’s ad business, which influences purchases. For example, if Google or a start-up introduces a popular coin and starts monitoring the transactions, they could easily learn what people buy.

Once they know the buying pattern, they could have tried to influence buying decisions, which would have affected the billions of dollars annually spent on Facebook marketing. On the other hand, for a population of 1.7 billion who do not have a bank account, it would have been a perfect financial service alternative that offers them an online identity, as well. And, this is what Facebook aspires to become.

The G20 warns of stablecoins

But why has the G20 warned of stablecoins?

Recently the group of G20 finance leaders agreed to put in place strict guidelines for cryptocurrencies like Facebook’s Libra. They have warned that issuance of stablecoins – such as Libra – should not be allowed until all of the global risks have been addressed.

The agreement came after a G7 working group warned of stablecoins. Stablecoins are digital currencies that are generally backed by traditional money and other assets. The working group warned that if stablecoins are launched on a wide scale, it could disrupt the world’s monetary system and financial stability.

The financial chiefs of the G20 group did not doubt the potential benefits of stablecoins, but they said that their wider use could pose serious policy and regulatory risks.

The G20 group finance leaders wrote in a statement, “Such risks, including in particular those related to money laundering, illicit finance, and consumer and investor protection, need to be evaluated and appropriately addressed before these projects can commence operation.” 

Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor of the Bank of Japan, said that the G20 group is expected to start a debate on how to regulate stablecoins after it receives proposals from institutions like the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Financial Stability Board (FSB). A report on Stablecoins is expected to be submitted by the FATF and FSB in 2020.

What this means is that Facebook is unlikely to meet its deadline for launching Libra in 2020.

According to Kuroda, “Policymakers have expressed concerns over various risks Stablecoins pose. Until they are addressed, stablecoins should not be issued. That was something agreed by the G20 members.” 

Also, the G20 group has requested the International Monetary Fund (IMF) scrutinize the economic implications, which includes monetary sovereignty issues. 

“Some emerging countries have concerns on what could happen if stablecoins backed by a huge customer base become widely used globally,” Kuroda said.

According to Kuroda, this is not only an issue related to emerging economies, but could have a wider impact on monetary policy and financial stability.

The G20 agreement raises concern among stakeholders over stablecoins like Libra, more so when more than a quarter of its founding members left the project. It is believed that many of the Libra stakeholders departed due to the serious concerns raised by the policymakers.

Also, the Finance Minister of Germany has raised concerns about Libra, and said that the issuance of new world currency should be prevented.

Kuroda also said that policymakers are expected to debate how to make the current cross- border settlement and payments systems better. But the settlement issues are to be confined to the private sector only, and there has been no discussion on the issuance of digital currencies by the central banks. 

Facebook may not have Libra, but it has Facebook Pay

As the chorus against Libra gained momentum, it appears that Facebook is not waiting for Libra to launch, having in the meantime launched Facebook Pay.

Though not a virtual currency, Facebook Pay is a payment system that allows you to use debit cards, credit cards and PayPal.

Using Facebook Pay, users can make purchases, donations or send money to individuals. Users can utilize Facebook Pay on all the apps in Facebook’s arsenal – Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Such existing payment platforms as Stripe and PayPal will process the payments.

Facebook Pay was launched in the United States in November 2019 on Facebook and Messenger. Facebook has yet to announce a date for extending this facility on its other apps or in other countries.

With Facebook Pay hitting the market, it means that Facebook had a backup plan in place to counter the unscheduled delay of Libra.

A look at the features of Facebook Pay

You can select the apps on which you want to activate Facebook Pay. For example, you can select only Messenger, or activate it on all Facebook apps. One attractive feature of Facebook Pay is that you only have to select the preferred payment method once. For example, once you select PayPal or a Visa debit card, you don’t have to populate the payment information form every time you make a purchase or transfer money.

In the United States, Facebook Pay is offering real-time customer service to its users. Facebook indicates that it plans to gradually roll out Facebook Pay to other regions.

According to Facebook, Facebook Pay is designed to store and encrypt card and bank account numbers securely, and can detect unauthorized usage. Users can add a PIN or use their device’s biometric features (facial recognition) to transfer money. Facebook claims that it does not receive or store this biometric information.

The take-home message

Whether it is cryptocurrencies or Facebook Pay, encryption technology is more important than ever – especially in the corporate world. DocuServe has the industry experience and solutions to protect company data, keeping employees productive without risking data loss. Our eServe encryption solution provides content security in the cloud, mobile access, security at rest and in motion, encrypted data security, remote wipe and much more. Contact us to learn about our industry-leading solutions.


Platform as a Service

Five Main Benefits of Platform as a Service

Cloud computing is a growing vertical, and it offers your business many benefits. It helps you set up a virtual office, which gives you the flexibility of connecting to your business from any location at any time with an internet connection. With cloud computing in place, you can immediately access your company’s data.

And without a doubt, Platform as a Service (PaaS) is one of the most dynamic areas of cloud computing.

Platform-as-a-service offers an environment where businesses can develop, deploy and operate applications. PaaS offerings include application platforms, business analysis platforms, integration platforms, mobile back-end services and event-streaming services. PaaS also offers businesses a set of monitoring, management and deployment resources.

PaaS offerings mainly target application developers, but also have capabilities that are helpful to operators.

In the PaaS model, it is the responsibility of the cloud service provider to install, configure and manage the IT infrastructure. Businesses only have to concentrate on application development, which is a big advantage for those who want to focus on their business. With a PaaS model, you get all the functionalities in a managed and continuous process to enable immediate productivity for developers.

When you opt for a PaaS model, you can create and run applications and services to meet your specific needs. The Object Management Group (formerly the Cloud Standards Customer Council) provides a comprehensive Practical Guide to PaaS for those interested in learning more.

PaaS offers many benefits, and one of the most significant is its ability to boost a developer’s productivity. Due to continuous integration and automatic deployment, PaaS substantially improves business agility. PaaS also offers developers the broader benefits of the cloud.

  • Scalability
  • Low capital investment
  • Availability of resources on demand and reduced lead times
  • Self-service
  • Reduced administration expenditure
  • Team collaboration support
  • Minimum skill requirement
  • Allows adding new users quickly

 Let us now look at some of the specific benefits of PaaS.

PaaS allows for more time to innovate

One of the advantages of platform-as-a-service is its ability to improve business agility. The growth of the internet has accelerated the pace of innovations. If you want to remain competitive, you need to quickly convert your new ideas into real applications and make them work to meet your business and technical requirements.

It is not easy to set up a platform-level software and run applications successfully. That is where PaaS comes to your rescue. PaaS simplifies, automates and eliminates the tedious setting up process, and allows you to iterate, adapt and extend your applications quickly, thereby enhancing your productivity.

Due to automation support, PaaS allows productivity improvements and offers seamless delivery of resources. Automation and simulated development environments (test and production environment) further improves the consistency and reliability of delivery. It is this aspect of a DevOps/agile development model that is best suited for a PaaS environment.

Since PaaS services allow rapid creation and evolution of applications, the platform is capable of addressing your business requirements. It is an important consideration, especially in the context of mobile and web applications.

Scalability improves

Regardless of the size of your business operations, you need to get the right technology at the right cost. When you start your business, it is extremely difficult to keep investing in technology after every few years. You have three options if you build a platform yourself – you can optimize for your current scale, you can optimize for what you expect to achieve in a few years from now, or you build a scaling mechanism of your own. In the first scenario, you have to redo your platform and face downtime when you complete your initial set-up. In the second scenario, you are likely to waste your resources. And, in the third scenario, you will have to overspend without the assurance of the desired results.

But when you opt for PaaS, you don’t have to worry about the scaling mechanism. PaaS takes into account the growing needs of its customers. Whether you have to scale up or scale down your requirements, you don’t have to spend anything in scaling up or down your resources. You only pay for what you use.

Keep content secure

Security is another important aspect of the PaaS model. With data breaches and security threats increasing by the day, you need to ensure that you opt for a platform that offers you the best possible security. With regular updates and backups, a PaaS model ensures that your data remains safe and secure at all times. PaaS systems have built-in security and data-protection features, such as replication and back-ups.

Upgrading without the headaches

There are many components that you have to track, maintain, update and reintegrate if you deploy your application on a self-built stack. Setting up and running a platform is one thing, but when it comes to maintaining and updating your stack, it is a different ball game altogether. One mistake can ruin your configuration. And, if you have had a bad experience once, you are not likely to take the risk again. Many people continue working on their outdated stacks out of fear of ruining their system. The downsides when you don’t update and maintain your system properly are many – you miss out on the latest security updates, you miss out on new features, and it takes a toll on your productivity and performance.

But when you opt for the PaaS model, you get to deploy the best stack. Also, you get a stack that keeps pace with you over time, allowing you to run your application on the latest technology. PaaS platforms are regularly maintained and updated, so you don’t have to worry about updates and upgrades. You also don’t have to spend time and money updating the system. With the latest technology, you can focus on achieving your business goals more efficiently.

Improve business communications

How you allocate resources to your development teams goes a long way in determining your success. If you allocate multiple assets of the same type in unconnected silos, you are sure to waste your resources. And when we talk of resource allocation, PaaS helps you to share your resources across multiple development teams.

No matter which PaaS provider you choose, keeping your company’s data secure is always the first priority. DocuServe is a cloud-based digital data protection company providing services that include cloud-based document management, content encryption and distribution, and digital media replication and encryption. Contact us today to learn about our full range of solutions.


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What Can SaaS Do to Improve your Business?

Cloud technology has many opportunities for businesses in all verticals. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), or cloud solutions, are now increasingly being adopted by companies globally. It has become a viable software option for traditional on-premise installations.

However, there is still a fair bit of distance for this technology to travel. The reason for this is that companies are not yet fully aware of what SaaS is and how it can improve their business. We’ll take a look at SaaS so you’ll be knowledgeable enough to make an informed decision.

So, what is SaaS and how can it improve your business?

SaaS is a software delivery system that allows you to access data from any device through an internet connection and web browser. In the SaaS model, the server, databases, and applications are hosted and maintained by software vendors. The on-premise software delivery system, on the other hand, is different from the SaaS delivery model. With the SaaS model of delivery, you don’t have to invest huge amounts in hardware to host the software. As an organization, you can outsource all your IT needs to the vendor, as it is their responsibility to host, maintain and upgrade the service/system.

Apart from providing remote access to software applications and data, the SaaS delivery model is also different from on-premise software in its pricing structure. In addition, you need to buy a license to run an on-premise software, and you have to pay an additional amount, typically ranging from 15-to 20% annually for its maintenance and support. On the other hand, in the SaaS model, you only need to pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee. The subscription fee you pay includes the software license, maintenance and support costs.

What are the benefits of SaaS?

The SaaS delivery model offers numerous benefits to organizations, especially small and mid-sized enterprises. If you are a fast-growing company, you can use SaaS to increase your growth rates. Here are some of the major benefits of the SaaS delivery model:

No upfront investment – When you opt for a SaaS model, you don’t need to invest huge sums initially, as it operates on a pay-as-you-use basis. This is a big benefit for small and mid-sized companies, allowing them to utilize liquid cash more appropriately. 

It is a more cost-effective option – When you opt for a SaaS model, you don’t have to worry about buying, maintaining, upgrading the hardware and software. You also don’t need an IT team to manage, as it is the responsibility of the SaaS service provider to keep the system running.

It offers seamless accessibility – When you opt for a SaaS model, you don’t need to worry about accessibility because you can access your data at any time and from anywhere. All you need is an internet connection to access your applications and database.

You can get over your IT headaches – This is one of the strongest selling points of the SaaS model. When businesses opt for SaaS, they don’t have to worry about buying, upgrading, or maintaining any software or hardware because it is the responsibility of the service provider to take care of all your IT needs.

Integration is not an issue – With a SaaS model, you don’t have to worry about integration. You can keep working with the systems, applications, and software you are used to without any problem.

You don’t need to worry about security – Like everything else, security is also the responsibility of the service provider. These days, vendors take precautions to keep your applications and data secure. With automatic backups and disaster recovery, the SaaS model is safe and secure. 

It is a scalable option – When you opt for a SaaS model, you don’t have to worry about scalability. All you need to do is make a phone call to scale up or down your operations.

DocuServe is a cloud-based digital protection service that can keep your business’s documents secure. We also offer training for corporations through eServe, so your corporation can be up-to-date in the latest corporate technology trends and services. Contact us to learn more.


Cloud Storage

How Well Could Cloud Storage Perform for Your Business?

Globally, cloud computing is being embraced by businesses at a rapid pace. Cloud computing uses a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage and process data instead of a local server. The growth in the cloud computing vertical has gained traction because it provides on-demand computer system resources – such as data storage and computing power – without the bother of active maintenance and management by the user.

In addition to cloud drives, data analytics helps businesses become more effective by allowing them to store, interpret and process big data to help understand the needs of their customers. Businesses that use data analytics don’t have to resort to guesswork, because data patterns can systematically be analyzed to plan effective business strategies.

Why would your business consider cloud storage?

Data analysis helps businesses because it allows them to recognize patterns in a set and predict what to expect in the future. Referred to as data mining, it helps businesses discover patterns in data sets, allowing them to understand trends in a better way. But employees are unable to reap all the benefits of data analysis and big data due to lack of quick and reliable access to this information.

According to Gartner, around 85% of Fortune 500 companies are unable to leverage big data analytics due to lack of accessibility to data, resulting in missed opportunities to improve the customer experience.

But with cloud storage in place, employees can access company data remotely from wherever they want. It helps employees to serve their customers better, ultimately resulting in improved profit margins.

Apart from increasing accessibility and utility, cloud-powered big data analysis also allows your business to export all of your IT needs – such as hosting and maintaining servers – to the cloud service provider. Instead of investing in servers and other IT infrastructure, you can hire more staff and improve your product. In this way, cloud storage helps create a more competitive playing field for small companies.

TechnologyAdvice has published a comprehensive study – “Data Analytics in Cloud Computing” – which covers this important topic in detail. It’s well worth the time to read in its entirety.

What are the best ways to track performances?

TechnologyAdvice’s study covers four best uses of data analytics, provided verbatim:

Social Media – A popular use for cloud data analytics is compounding and interpreting social media activity. Before cloud drives became practical, it was difficult processing activity across various social media sites, especially if the data was stored on different servers. Cloud drives allow for the simultaneous examination of social media site data so results can be quickly quantified and time and attention allocated accordingly.

Tracking Products Long thought of as one of the kings of efficiency and forethought, it is no surprise Amazon.com uses data analytics on cloud drives to track products across their series warehouses and ship items anywhere as needed, regardless of items proximity to customers. Alongside Amazon’s use of cloud drives and remote analysis, they are also a leader in big data analysis services thanks to their Redshift initiative. Redshift gives smaller organizations many of the same analysis tools and storage capabilities as Amazon and acts as an information warehouse, preventing smaller businesses from having to spend money on extensive hardware.

Tracking Preference – Over the last decade or so, Netflix has received a lot of attention for its DVD deliver service and the collection of movies hosted on their website. One of the highlights of their website is its movie recommendations, which tracks the movies users watch and recommends others they might enjoy, providing a service to clients while supporting the use of their product. All user information is remotely stored on cloud drives so users’ preferences do not change from computer to computer.

Because Netflix retained all their users’ preferences and tastes in movies and television, they were able to create a television show that statistically appealed to a large portion of their audience based on their demonstrated taste. Thus in 2013, Netflix’s House of Cards became the most successful internet-television series ever, all thanks to their data analysis and information stored on clouds.

Keeping Records – Cloud analytics allows for the simultaneous recording and processing of data regardless of proximity to local servers. Companies can track the sales of an item from all their branches or franchises across the United States and adjust their production and shipments as necessary. If a product does not sell well, they do not need to wait for inventory reports from area stores and can instead remotely manage inventories from data automatically uploaded to cloud drives. The data stored to clouds helps make business run more efficiently and gives companies a better understanding of their customers’ behavior.

Cloud computing doesn’t have to be risky

Security concerns were common in cloud computing’s early days. However, ongoing improvements in security technology and protocols have earned user confidence. Today’s measures – combined with exercising proper due diligence – can provide the necessary data security. Here are some matters to consider in evaluating a cloud storage solution.

  • An excellent reputation for physical and network security.
  • Make sure that the cloud storage service offers multiple redundancies, as well as redundancy across several geographic locations to permit disaster recovery.
  • Learn how long it takes to delete a file across the redundant servers, and if it will ever be deleted from the cloud storage banks.

Also, mobile security is a concern, especially for those who don’t take adequate precautions to protect their digital content. With the trend toward bring your own device (BYOD) picking up, it is essential to keep your content safe. Our blog post – “What You Need to Know Before Your Company Adopts BYOD” – covers BYOD security best practices in detail.

Standard encryption cannot protect your data from internal theft, loss of devices or insecure personal devices that are used for business purposes. A cloud-based content security solution applicable for use on multiple types of devices is your best protection in case of theft or loss.

That is where DocuServe’s cloud-based content security solution comes into the picture. It is a document-centric cloud-based content security solution that can be used to secure a wide range of data, including:

  • Sales documents and marketing material
  • Internal training manuals and videos
  • Retail and wholesale pricing sheets
  • On-site and off-site inventory information
  • HR data and other internal documents
  • Executive-level communications

DocuServe provides automatic encryption of your documents and other rich media files. Your files and data stay in the cloud and not on the recipient’s device, making mobile security much safer for your business.

Contact us to learn more about what we can offer.

 

 


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How to Delete Data from a Stolen Laptop

With laptop thefts on the rise, businesses need to know how to keep their data safe and secure. Data breaches are a reality these days, and businesses of all sizes stand to suffer in equal measure.

There is nothing much that you can do if one of your employees loses his or her laptop. Apart from cautioning them to be more careful in the future, you also need to do something that ensures your company’s information does not fall into the wrong hands. It is vital to know how to delete data from a stolen laptop if you want to keep your company information safe. 

How secure is your company laptop?

If you are in business, then using laptops and other mobile devices is inevitable. Also, with the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend increasing by the day among companies, laptop and other mobile device security should be of paramount importance to businesses of all sizes.

Companies have to share information with their partners, suppliers, and customers, both within and outside of their offices. It is, therefore, important that businesses understand the importance of document management so that they can keep their proprietary content safe and secure from prying eyes.

Another measure that you should be using is encrypted security solutions. Encryption is one of the best ways that can ensure the security of your laptop. If your laptop uses data encryption, there are chances that your data will remain safe even if it is stolen. Also, laptop encryption tools these days are mature and readily available.

One of the most important aspects in data protection is to provide adequate training to employees on how to safely use their mobiles and laptops. Our blog post – “What You Need to Know Before Your Company Adopts BYOD” – covers the main security issues that should be addressed in establishing company policy regarding the business use of employees’ own devices.

If the worst occurs, and an employee’s laptop is stolen, performing a remote wipe before the thief can access data can help prevent a security breach.

What is a remote wipe?

Essentially, a remote wipe is a software solution or system capability to remotely delete and wipe out data on a system or device. Features like remote wipe are part of comprehensive data security management systems, which solve data breach problems that can occur due to not following BYOD policies or other security gaps in distributed company computing networks.

Data wipe is the method whereby stored data on a device gets deleted and destroyed using mobile access in the framework of mobile device management. But to protect your laptop and other mobile devices, you need to ensure that you set up remote wipe before the device is stolen so as to protect your personal and company information. Once a device is lost, it is not possible to wipe devices or deploy endpoint management easily.

Personal information data deletion is triggered once a remote erase command is executed from a remote system endpoint. The remote delete command can erase all the data on a device, or it can specifically target company-specific data.

Data and device wipe are useful techniques because when unauthorized access occurs in a device or system, it allows device administrators to initiate a factory reset easily and restores factory settings remotely.

When it comes to remote wiping, you have the option to either lock the device or erase the data. When dealing with lost devices, many businesses prefer to remote lock the device where the screen gets locked, preventing access to the device. Here the information remains on the device, but access to unauthorized users is denied. The other option is to remote wipe the stolen device. Between the two, it is always more prudent to remote wipe a stolen device rather than just locking it down.

If your laptop is stolen, you can use ‘Retire’ or ‘Wipe’ action to delete your company data and send the device back to factory reset mode. Microsoft provides a complete set of instructions on performing these actions – and others.

Wipe

When you send a Wipe command, it restores a device to its factory settings. You have the option to keep the user data on the device if you select the Retain enrollment state and user account checkbox. If this checkbox is not selected, the Wipe command can erase all the apps and data on the device.

But you need to remember the Retain enrollment state, and user account option is not available on all the Windows laptops. It is available for Windows 10 version 1709 or later. When the device connects to Intune after the Wipe command, MDM policies will be reapplied. The Wipe feature can only function if the device is on and connected.

Retire

When you give a Retire command, it removes managed app data (where applicable), settings, and email profiles which were assigned by using Intune. The device gets removed from the Intune management, and this happens when the device next time checks in and receives the remote Retire command. A Retire command does not remove the personal data of the user. The Retire feature can only function if the device is on and connected.

Three facts you need to know about a remote wipe

You need power and a network connection to remote wipe – As Wipe is a command that is given to a device, the device needs to be turned on and connected to a network so that it can receive the command. You need to know that if the device is switched off, you cannot remote wipe the device.

Remote wipe has many options – There are many options available for a remote wipe. You can remote wipe the device and send it back to the factory reset mode. Also, there is an enterprise wipe option where only the company data and application get deleted from the device, and personal data is not touched. Another option is KeepAlive, where complete device reset happens automatically if the device goes missing for too long.

It is not possible for you to opt-out of it – If your laptop or mobile device is company-owned, or even in case of BYOD, your company will have some level of erasure capability to wipe your device.

Fortunately, overcoming the challenges of BYOD does not need to overwhelm your organization. DocuServe has the industry experience and solutions to protect company data in the BYOD work environment, keeping employees productive without risking data loss. Our eServe encryption solution provides content security in the cloud, mobile access, security at rest and in motion, encrypted data security, remote wipe and much more.

Contact us to learn how DocuServe can be the ideal solution for your company’s move to the brave new BYOD world.

 


Facebook Cryptocurrency Libra

Will Facebook Change The Cryptocurrency Market?

With over two billion users worldwide, Facebook rules the social media space. But it is now setting its ambitions even higher, planning to take a plunge in the currency market.

Yes, Facebook is joining the cryptocurrency game. It is about to launch a Bitcoin-like currency called Libra. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have generated a tremendous amount of interest as well as confusion. To learn more about cryptocurrencies, refer to our blog post – “Cryptocurrency For Dummies – What is Cryptocurrency & How Does it Work?

But in this blog post, let us focus on what Facebook plans to achieve through its proposed currency, Libra.

What is Libra?

Libra

Facebook’s Libra will be a cryptocurrency, which will allow you to make purchases or allow you to send money to individuals at almost zero transaction fees. According to Libra, “Libra’s mission is to enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people.”

A Roman unit of weight, Libra in the context of Facebook’s cryptocurrency tries to invoke a sense of financial freedom. You can buy or spend your Libra online or at a grocery store near you by using third-party interoperable wallet apps or Facebook’s Calibra wallet, which the company plans to incorporate into all its apps, including WhatsApp and Messenger. Facebook is planning to launch its cryptocurrency Libra through its blockchain system sometime in the first half of 2020.

Facebook does not plan to control Libra fully. Instead, Facebook will get a single vote – just like other founding members of the Libra Association – which include Uber, Andreessen Horowitz and Visa. Each of the founding members has invested at least $10 million in the project. The open-source Libra blockchain will be promoted by the association with its Move programming language. The association also plans to enter into agreements with other businesses to use Libra for payment and give rewards and discounts to customers.

Facebook will launch a subsidiary company by the name of Calibra to handle its crypto dealings and protect the privacy of its users by not allowing your Libra payments to mingle with your Facebook data, which means it cannot be used for ad targeting. Your publicly visible transactions will not be tied to your real identity. Libra association members along with Facebook (Calibra) will earn interest on the money that users cash in, which is kept in reserves so that the value of Libra remains stable.

Facebook’s global digital currency plans to promote financial inclusion for those who don’t use banking services, and it is expected to have more privacy and decentralization. Facebook does not intend to make a lot of money immediately through Libra; instead, they want to be there for the long-term so that they can get more payments into its online domain. According to Facebook’s VP, David Marcus, “If more commerce happens, then more small businesses will sell more on and off platform, and they’ll want to buy more ads on the platform so it will be good for our ads business.”

What does Facebook want to accomplish with Libra?

As reported by Josh ConstineZuckerberg Money LibraEditor-at-Large for TechCrunch – “In cryptocurrencies, Facebook saw both a threat and an opportunity. They held the promise of disrupting how things are bought and sold by eliminating transaction fees common with credit cards. That comes dangerously close to Facebook’s ad business that influences what is bought and sold. If a competitor like Google or an upstart built a popular coin and could monitor the transactions, they’d learn what people buy and could muscle in on the billions spent on Facebook marketing. Meanwhile, the 1.7 billion people who lack a bank account might choose whoever offers them a financial services alternative as their online identity provider too. That’s another thing Facebook wants to be.”

The existing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are not properly designed to be a medium of exchange because of their uncontrolled price, which results in their erratic swings. It becomes difficult for the traders to accept these coins as payments. Also, these cryptocurrencies cannot be exploited to their full potential because there are not many places where they can be used in place of dollars, and it is not easy for the mainstream audience to deal in these coins. But Facebook can tackle this problem head-on because it has more than seven million advertisers and 90 million small businesses in addition to its user experience expertise.

Facebook now wants to turn Libra into another PayPal. Facebook is confident because it thinks that it is easier to set up Libra, it is easy to use as a payment method, more accessible to those who don’t have access to banking services, more efficient than others because there are fewer fees, and flexible and long-lasting due to developers and decentralization.

According to Facebook’s Libra documentation, “Success will mean that a person working abroad has a fast and simple way to send money to family back home, and a college student can pay their rent as easily as they can buy a coffee.” When you look at exploitative remittance services charge, which averages around 7% for the money sent abroad, totaling $50 billion from users annually, it certainly seems to be a big improvement. Libra would allow microtransactions of a few cents, which is unthinkable with the in-built credit card fees.

But it is a steep climb for Facebook ahead in the cryptocurrency market.

How does Libra work?

All you need to do is cash in your local currency and get Libra, which you can spend like dollars, with fewer transaction fees and without disclosing your identity. You can also cash your Libra whenever you want.

The Libra Association

It would have been difficult for the general public to trust Facebook in the crypto world, which is why major corporations have been assembled to form the Libra Association. This not-for-profit entity headquartered in Switzerland will overlook the development of the token, keep the reserves safe and streamline the governance rules of the blockchain.

Some of its founding members as reported by The Block’s Frank Chaparro include:

Payments: Mastercard, PayPal, PayU (Naspers’ fintech arm), Stripe, Visa

Technology and marketplaces: Booking Holdings, eBay, Facebook/Calibra, Farfetch, Lyft, Mercado Pago, Spotify AB, Uber Technologies, Inc.

Telecommunications: Iliad, Vodafone Group

Blockchain: Anchorage, Bison Trails, Coinbase, Inc., Xapo Holdings Limited

Venture Capital: Andreessen Horowitz, Breakthrough Initiatives, Ribbit Capital, Thrive Capital, Union Square Ventures

Nonprofit and multilateral organizations, and academic institutions: Creative Destruction Lab, Kiva, Mercy Corps, Women’s World Banking

Before the official launch of Libra, Facebook plans to increase its present 28-member founding members to 100.

The Libra currency

The Libra cryptocurrency will be represented by three wavy horizontal lines. To make it a good medium of exchange, the value of Libra would largely stay stable. The value of Libra would be attached to a basket of bank deposits and short-term government securities for a number of internationally stable currencies like dollar, pound, yen, Swiss franc, and euro. To keep the Libra stable, the Libra Association will maintain the basket of assets, and they can also change the composition when required to counterbalance major fluctuations.

The exact start value for Libra is still under consideration, but it is likely to be close to internationally stable currencies.

The Libra Reserve

Every time someone cashes in a dollar, that money goes into the Libra Reserve, and the person gets an equivalent amount of Libra in exchange. Should someone cash out of Libra, the Libra that is returned would be destroyed or burnt, and the person gets the equivalent value of the local currency in exchange. It means that there would always be 100% of the value of the Libra in circulation.

The Libra blockchain

All Libra payments would permanently be recorded in the Libra blockchain, which is a cryptographically authenticated database. Libra blockchain is a public online ledger engineered to handle 1,000 transactions every second. It means that the Libra transactions would be much faster as compared to Bitcoin (which allows seven transactions every second) and Ethereum (which allows 15 transactions every second). 

The founding members of the Libra Association will operate and verify the blockchain. 

Libra transactions cannot be reversed. The Libra association in case of an attack will temporarily stop the transactions and take corrective measures for future smooth operations.

The Libra blockchain currently is known as ‘permissioned,’ and here only those entities that fulfill certain requirements are admitted to a special in-group, which will control the blockchain through consensus. But as of now, the Libra association has not found a reliable ‘permissionless’ structure that is safe and secure. The goal of the Libra Association is to create a permissionless system.

What are the incentives to use Libra?

The Libra Association wants to involve more developers and merchants for its cryptocurrency project. The association plans to issue incentives, possibly in the form of coins to those who use the currency. Those who bring in more customers and keep them active for over a year will be rewarded. Traders will also receive a percentage of a transaction for every transaction they process. Businesses can keep the incentives or pass a portion of it to their respective customers.

Libra privacy concerns

Individuals can spend and own Libra through Libra wallets like Calibra and other third-party Libra Association members like PayPal. The philosophy is to make it easy for an average consumer to send money to a friend or use it wherever they want just as they conveniently send a Facebook message.

About the privacy of the Libra, Mark Zuckerberg had this to say, “It’s decentralized — meaning it’s run by many different organizations instead of just one, making the system fairer overall. It’s available to anyone with an internet connection and has low fees and costs. And it’s secured by cryptography which helps keep your money safe. This is an important part of our vision for a privacy-focused social platform — where you can interact in all the ways you’d want privately, from messaging to secure payments.”

What is the difference between Libra and Bitcoin?

There is a mixed bag of reaction for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project. Some say that it will be nothing more than PayPal with the addition of blockchain technology, while others say that it will lead to more adoption of traditional cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. 

The Bitcoin and Libra are different. While Bitcoin is a decentralized network – which is permissionless and censorship-resistant – Libra will be operated by a group of companies that will still remain answerable to the governments of the world.

There is some skepticism, though, among the lawmakers of several countries against Facebook’s attempt to create their digital currency. As regards monetary policy, Bitcoin and Libra are poles apart. While Bitcoin follows its own supply schedule, Libra is only backed by a basket of currencies that are issued by governments. Libra, unlike Bitcoin, has a face, which can be targeted by the government whenever they want to regulate it.

Also, since Libra will not operate in a permissionless manner, it is debatable for some whether it qualifies as a cryptocurrency or not. Moreover, when talking of Facebook, it is difficult for the consumers to totally forget about all their privacy-related scandals.

Libra seems to be a minor variation of the traditional financial system and is unlikely to have any significant impact on the Bitcoin price.

Will Libra change the world?

According to Facebook’s Libra white paper, the goal is as follows: “A stable currency built on a secure and stable open-source blockchain, backed by a reserve of real assets, and governed by an independent association.”

Their stated aim is to create better access and improved, inexpensive and open financial services for all people – regardless of their location or economic status. The road ahead for Facebook’s Libra project is arduous and is difficult for a single entity to achieve. That is why a consortium of corporations is coming together to helm the project.

But only time will tell whether Libra project gets the support from various stakeholders – most importantly of all – consumers.

With the great potential of Libra and other cryptocurrencies, encryption technology is more important than ever – especially in the corporate world. DocuServe has the industry experience and solutions to protect company data, keeping employees productive without risking data loss. Our eServe encryption solution provides content security in the cloud, mobile access, security at rest and in motion, encrypted data security, remote wipe and much more. Contact us to learn about our industry-leading solutions.

 

 


A robber holding a computer

How Secure Is Your Digital Content?

Data security is – or should be – a top priority for businesses both big and small. With data breaches increasing, it is imperative to implement security measures at every level. So, what should organizations do to streamline and secure their digital workplace and content? Our DocuServe team offers information about essential tools, trends and advice – especially for web developers who use WordPress.

Collaboration in the cloud – the advent of the CCP

Every business knows that a migration to the cloud is necessary. The productivity gains of going paperless and the sheer speed of a digitally-integrated workflow are only possible with a well-implemented content collaboration platform (CCP) solution.

As defined by Gartner, the CCP market covers a range of products and services that enable content productivity and collaboration. CCPs are aimed at individuals and teams, inside or outside an organization. Additionally, CCPs increasingly support lightweight content management and workflow use cases.

Why does your digital workplace need a CCP?

If you want to improve productivity and teamwork, you need to devise secure ways for content sharing and collaboration with your employees and colleagues both inside and outside your organization. According to Gartner’s content collaboration magic quadrant, 50 percent of midsize and large organizations in mature regional markets are expected to use a CCP by 2022 to improve productivity and collaboration and implement document workflows.

CCPs not only empower and connect people, but also enable a new level of productivity, collaboration and efficiency. Just as importantly, it covers security and compliance issues, in addition to helping meet business goals. As outlined by Gartner, the core functionalities of CCPs include:

  • Mobile access to content repositories.
  • File synchronization across devices and cloud repositories.
  • File sharing with people and applications, inside or outside an organization.
  • Team collaboration with dedicated folders.
  • A content repository, which can be cloud-based or on-premises, native to the CCP platform or based on other file servers or repositories.

Using these workplace apps separately and out of context of a CCP platform is difficult and trying for employees to use to perform specific tasks. Also, managers and employees perceive these workplace apps in a different light. When you opt for a CCP, you can eliminate most of these problems because they offer different levels of support for the following:

  • Data protection and security
  • Usability
  • Mobility
  • Simplicity
  • User productivity
  • File manipulation
  • Content management
  • Collaboration
  • Analytics
  • Workflow
  • Data governance
  • Integration
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Storage

What to avoid

KIssflow’s Employee Experience Survey was conducted to assess the day-to-day interactions of the employees and leaders of various industries with workplace software – and the extent to which the workplace software affects the overall employee experience. Findings revealed the following:

  • The opinion is different among employees and leaders on how much workplace software they use.
  • Employees are less satisfied with the software they use than the leaders.
  • Employees are less likely to believe than their leaders that workplace technology empowers them to do their jobs in a better way.
  • When it comes to using workplace technology to their advantage, employees face several obstacles. Some of these obstacles are inadequate training, confusing and complex interface, and lack of guided learning tools.

According to Kissflow CEO Suresh Sambandam, “We can’t build enterprises as we did a decade or so ago, but the problem is, we’ve started working for the tools we’ve implemented, instead of the tools working for us. Each time a tab is switched, productivity goes down and some momentum is tossed away.

“With a digital workplace, enterprises are providing a radically new experience so that working is easy and fun, and not a burden to fathom all the things that are going on in 6-7 different applications running as siloed tabs on people’s browsers.”

CCPs offer complete data protection and uninterrupted service, and can be extremely useful for start-ups that have small teams and need to work closely with external teams on different projects. With a CCP in place, you can communicate efficiently to complete projects which need collaboration. It keeps your business organized and help you avoid workplace silos.

Keeping your digital content secure

As previously mentioned, information security is a serious threat to organizations worldwide. Your data is a major investment – as is your website. Because 25 percent of websites are powered by WordPress, it should not be surprising that hackers frequently target WordPress sites.

Fly Plugins offers crucial tips for keeping your digital assets safe and secure.

Make sure your foundation is strong – When you talk of security, you need to ensure that your foundation is secure. And, a secure foundation starts with your laptop or desktop computer. Should the hackers compromise your device, you can’t do much by securing WordPress.

Use a strong password – Not to be rude, but you’re probably not as clever as you think you are. Don’t use a password that has a personal meaning you believe no one will ever guess, or assume that no hacker would try anything as obvious as “password 123” or “password.” Don’t keep a text file or spreadsheet of your password. Never use a sticky note on your laptop that has all of your passwords.

In addition:

  • The physical security of your laptop is of utmost importance. Make sure that you keep it in a safe place to prevent theft.
  • Always use an antivirus program – add a firewall for additional security.
  • Always use a secure Wi-Fi connection.
  • If your organization has a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, take the appropriate security measures. Our blog post on the topic covers what you need to know.  

Select a secure web hosting service – Server-level security is also of utmost importance. When you select a web hosting service provider, perform your due diligence so that you know in detail the level of security it provides.

Set up WordPress correctly from the start – Do not use ‘admin’ as the primary administrator account. Ensure that you do not begin your database table names with ‘wp.’ Again, use strong passwords for the admin account, and use multilevel authentication.

Keep yourself updated –Keep current on all security updates, as well as WordPress, themes, and plugins. Have a staging site so you can test the updates before using them on your live site.

Also, ensure that you only install plugins you trust. In most cases, the plugins available on the WordPress site are safe. You need to be careful with free plugins. It is important to go through the reviews before installing them. Never download a free premium plugin.

Secure the goods – You can install the free Sucuri plugin, which performs all the necessary security monitoring and malware detection, and has tools that harden your WordPress site. The Sucuri scan feature can clean your site, and its primary features include security activity auditing, file integrity monitoring, remote malware scanning, blacklist monitoring, effective security hardening, post-hack security actions, security notifications and website firewalls.

No matter what platform your company uses to meet its unique needs, DocuServe specializes in offering industry-leading solutions for keeping your digital content safe. Our secure document and rich media sharing app can reduce the risk of data exposure. With DocuServe, you can easily control content distributed to employees, vendors, and potential customers. Contact us to learn more.

 


Video Streaming Encryption

Can Streaming Video be Encrypted?

Our blog post – “Video Encryption – How to Secure Your Digital Content” – we covered the basics of the vulnerabilities video content is susceptible to, and available encryption techniques. With the increasing prevalence of streaming video content, a more in-depth look is now in order.

Streaming video is widely used in online education, from universities to specialty schools. Because such organizations charge tuition, videos that are used in the curriculum are school property – and as such, need to be kept out of the hands of non-students either looking for free instruction or to copy the streaming video and sell it for their own profit. The same applies to corporate training videos and webinars, which can give competitors an advantage if they gain access. And did we mention gaming?

But first, the bad news. There is no way to prevent someone with the determination and skills to access your streaming video from doing so. If videos can be accessed and viewed online, they can be stolen. The best you can do is add protective technology to make your streaming videos more difficult to steal. It’s basically the rationale that law enforcement agencies use when telling people to secure the doors to their home with more than the just the handle lock. Additional measures such as deadbolts and a security system will act as sufficient deterrents for most burglars, who’ll tend to pass up more secure homes for one that’s easier to enter.

What is video encryption?

Anthony Romero described it best for IBM Watson Media, so here it is in its entirety:

“At its essence, video encryption is the process of hiding video from unintended audiences. When working appropriately, it protects data so that it’s watched and accessed just by intended parties. Usually this goes hand-in-hand with other methods to restrict access to content, be it password protection to just placing an embed restricted version of the asset to your site. This is done through encrypting the asset in some manner in order to prevent snooping attacks where access to video could be compromised through a network tap and sniffer technologies.

“It can also include encrypting stored content, going as far as to protect assets in the event of a physical hard drive or database being compromised on location.

“There are a couple of different ways to encrypt content, and several different states that data can be in as well. For the topic of video storage, the common state for these assets is data at rest and also data in transit during delivery to an end viewer.”

What is data at rest?

Very briefly, data at rest is essentially information or assets that aren’t moving through a network. This includes content stored locally, like a video saved on a laptop, and assets that might be saved on databases.

What is data in transit?

Data in transit is information flowing over a network. In the context of video, it’s the delivery of video to an endpoint for playback. It is different from data in use, which is data that might be in the process of being generated, updated or removed.

So, how can you best protect streaming video from being stolen?

When it comes to encrypting video data at rest or in transit, one solution is by using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) – a symmetric block cipher that can be implemented in software, hardware and other processes to encrypt sensitive data. It’s the successor to DES (Data Encryption Standard), developed by researchers at IBM in the early 1970s.

How does AES work?

To safeguard assets, AES takes a key and some data (plaintext) as an input and then transforms that into something random, known as ciphertext. This can be anything from part of a document to part of a video asset. Now to get something meaningful out of that ciphertext, AES and the same key used to transform it are required to turn it back into plaintext.

In relation to video in transit specifically, the content is encrypted in a way so that access requires being decoded by authorized players in browsers where the stream is delivered using HTTPS (HTTP over SSL/TLS). This is done through symmetric-key algorithm, which again requires the same key to be used for both encrypting and decrypting the data to get something meaningful from it.

The key is actually a number, and functions as a security method because of the huge amount of different combinations that it could be. The number of combinations depends on what key length or size is used: 128, 192 or 256 bits. The naming conventions relate to each key’s potential number of combinations.

Using a true streaming server provides even greater protection. The big advantage here is that the file is not actually downloaded to the user’s computer – it is seen only as a real-time stream and there is no file left on the user’s hard drive.

A streaming media or streaming video server is a specialized application which runs on an internet server. This is often referred to as “true streaming”, since other methods only simulate streaming.

True streaming has advantages such as:

• Handling much larger traffic loads.

• Detecting users’ connection speeds and supply appropriate files automatically.

• Broadcasting live events.

There are two ways to have access to a streaming server:

• Operate you own server (by purchasing or leasing)

• Sign up for a hosted streaming plan with an ISP (Internet Service Provider)

However, Media College warns that true video streaming in any form can be an expensive business. Unless you really have a need for it, you are probably better off starting with basic HTTP streaming.
Obviously, regardless of the solution you consider, streaming video encryption is not a DIY project. DocuServe provides robust data encryption solutions for a wide variety of industries. Learn about all we offer, then contact us to keep your intellectual property secure.


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