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When Should I Be Encrypting Cloud Files?

  • Published: 09 September 2012

At Viivo, we live, sleep, eat and breathe security. It’s just what we do. We understand, however, that not everybody does the same, and so we also understand that it can be confusing to know when and how to take the extra steps to making sure your Cloud is secure.

Here are a few ideas of when you might want to start encrypting Cloud files.

  1. When you’re hosting sensitive personal information. Expense reports, taxes, legal files, and other sensitive stuff should all be kept encrypted and safe from prying eyes. If you’re not sure about where your files fall, just think “Would I be uncomfortable with a stranger seeing this?”
  2. When you need to protect sensitive client files. Clients come first to your company, whether you’re a lawyer, a CPA, creative agency, or likewise – so their security should come first too. Besides, you get the boasting rights of saying “Oh, don’t worry, I protected your file with Viivo”. That makes you look good. Really good.
  3. When your Dropbox has already been hacked. It’s a sad truth, but Dropbox has had a tough year keeping user files safe from hackers. Consider it to be a form of insurance – one that assures that in the event of an intrusion, you’ve got the home-alone-esque security system to keep your files safe and secure.
  4. Anytime. For some of us, we just like a little extra piece of mind. Maybe you’re not hosting litigation documents in your Dropbox, but maybe others don’t need to see our high school reunion photos, or our vacation pictures with the bathing suit we’re just not proud of.

Remember. Viivo was created by PKWARE, the authority in Data Security. PKWARE has been at it for over 20 years making sure the world’s data is secure – so your files are safe with Viivo. Start the registration process and download Viivo for free!

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Dropbox Security Breach Means Time to Hunker Down

  • Published: 05 September 2012

Earlier this year, we saw a Dropbox security breach that allowed everyone to access everyone's account, regardless of what password they used.  Then, in July, Dropbox users witnessed their email addresses, even the ones they created ONLY for Dropbox, being filled with Spam.  Dropbox insists that they do not sell email lists or account information, therefore - bingo.  Another security breach.

Regardless of whether or not your files and folders are shared, by putting your personal data in the Cloud, you're giving all of your trust to that Cloud provider.

So what happens if there's another breach?  Dropbox will do everything they can to fix the situation right away (and you'll probably get a little extra storage out of it). But how do you protect Cloud files in the future?

One of the reasons that PKWARE created Viivo was to assure that your most critical data is safe at all times, from all prying eyes.  In the event of a Dropbox security issue, Viivo keeps your documents, files and folders behind red tape from anyone who doesn't have your unique encryption key.

That's why we say, if you share it on Dropbox, you can secure it with Viivo.

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Viivo: The Solution to Your BYOD Cloud Security Concerns

  • Published: 04 September 2012

As more and more SMB's (Small-to-Medium Businesses) integrate their organization into the Cloud, so too are employees, on their own personal devices.  Laptops, tablets and mobile phones are being used by employees to access company information on their private devices, raising a host of Cloud security concerns. Ultimately, while it can be helpful to the employee and the organization to allow the employee to use their personal device there are security implications that arise from "too much" freedom.

Most public Clouds can regulate user privileges, and, ultimately, remove users from the folder altogether.  But if those files are cached on their device, then what?

To us, the most likely and effective solution to the problem is to immediately restrict who has access to what.  However, sharing a folder is just like giving your housekeys to someone - who's to say they're not going to make a spare and give it to a friend?

With Viivo Cloud encryption, you're basically putting a Mission Impossible-esque identity scanner on your files and folders.  It identifies whether or not you've provided that person with the encryption key to see your sensitive information. They're not able to share that key with anyone.

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Vivo - Cloud In Confidence!

  • Published: 30 August 2012

Welcome to the official Viivo blog.  We created Viivo to ensure that the way you work, share and play in the Cloud is secure.  Built by PKWARE-leaders in encryption and file security - Viivo has been built to easily encrypt your Cloud files.  Please make sure you come back regularly to read about the latest and greatest from Viivo, so that you can Cloud in Confidence!

Viivo - Cloud in Confidence!

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