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Cloud security, privacy and compliance


What you should know about EU-US Safe Harbor and the new Privacy Shield Framework

[fa icon="calendar'] April 26, 2016

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This past October, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled to invalidate the long-standing Safe Harbor pact between the United States and the European Union. The Safe Harbor pact was established in 2000, and gave U.S. companies the right to transfer and store EU citizen's data stateside. The ECJ's decision was likely driven by recent revelations regarding data surveillance efforts by U.S. government organizations like the NSA. In light of this development, the European Commission and the United States recently agreed on a new framework for governing transatlantic data flows: the EU-US Privacy Shield.

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Does Your Law Firm Need Email Encryption?

[fa icon="calendar'] April 16, 2016

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The practice of law is constantly evolving. As with most businesses, email has become the most common method for exchanging information with clients. As a legal professional, you have an ethical duty to take reasonable measures to protect client information from exposure to un-authorized access. If you accidentally send a document to the wrong person, or if your email gets hacked and leaked to the public, the ramifications could not only affect your clients but your practice and potentially your future.

The American Bar Association published a formal opinion entitled Duty to Protect the Confidentiality of E-mail Communications with One’s Client. In it, the ABA outlines several common scenarios where one must consider the risk of using electronic communications that third party may gain access to. Fortunately, there are many easy to use email encryption technologies that allow you to secure sensitive emails and attachments without sacrificing ease of use.

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SendSafely Selected as a Finalist for the SC Magazine Awards

[fa icon="calendar'] March 28, 2016 posted in Press

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We are thrilled to announce that SendSafely has been named as a finalist in the SC Awards 2016 Europe for outstanding products in information security. SendSafely has been recognised in the Best Cloud Computing Security Solution category, which acknowledges superior products and services that help customers address the most pressing cyber-security threats. The winners will be announced at the SC Magazine Awards Europe ceremony to be held in London on Tuesday June 7, 2016 at Old Billingsgate on the Riverside of the Thames.

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Email Privacy: 5 Tips to Emailing Smarter

[fa icon="calendar'] March 16, 2016

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The standard for communication in the business world these days is email and instant messaging. Recently, instant messaging like Google Chat and other services have taken the role of primary communication for everyday issues and problems while email is used for more formal communication and things like sending files.

The heavy reliance on instant messaging has made many less formal in their emails of late, and has also made many less cautious when emailing. Less formal language, unsecured email platforms, and risky file transfers have flooded the email world and it’s time for you to take a stand to protect yourself and your colleagues from potential email disaster. We here at SendSafely have come up with some tips to improve your email safety.

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Encryption Tips for CPAs and Tax Professionals

[fa icon="calendar'] March 10, 2016

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It’s that time of the year again, tax season. Un-arguably the most hectic time of the year for any CPA or tax professional. During this busy season, it is important to remember that the security and privacy of your client’s tax information is of the utmost importance, and securely communicating with co-workers and with clients is a vital part of keeping this information secure. To meet the security needs of your clients and your business, you need a solution that can securely encrypt sensitive emails and attachments. 

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Reasons why your business needs a secure FTP alternative

[fa icon="calendar'] February 17, 2016

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The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) has been around for a very long time. In fact, for years FTP has been the go-to network protocol for transfering large files. While many business users have come to know and love the simplicity and ease of use of FTP, changes in the security landscape are causing more and more businesses to abandon this tried-and-true protocol for a more flexible alternative. Even its more secure older brother, SFTP, comes with its fair share of issues. Here are just a few reasons you should condider a more secure alternative to FTP for business file exchange.  

 

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5 Quick Tips for Handling TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure Changes and Compliance with ALTA Guidelines

[fa icon="calendar'] January 21, 2016

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Security and privacy are popular topics these days. In recent months, the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the new TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Rule have emphasized the need for real estate professionals to provide a higher level of security for electronic communications related to real estate transactions. Specifically, in Pillar #3 of ALTA's "Pillars of Best Practices", ALTA states the importance of protecting sensitive data of clients and recommends using encryption to ensure security of non-public information (NPI). 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has also weighed in, making it clear that lenders must provide adequate safeguards when it comes to the electronic exchange of information with clients. Of most importance is protecting information, specifically NPI that is valuable to hackers and thieves alike, such as names, income information, Social Security numbers, addresses, and other private information. Here at SendSafely, we've pulled together some quick tips on how you can maintain compliance with these new standards. 

 

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Trusted Browsers - An Easier Way to Access your Items

[fa icon="calendar'] December 15, 2015 posted in New Features

Today we are announcing a new feature, called Trusted Browsers, which is designed to simplify the process of accessing items from your frequently used devices. With a Trusted Browser, you no longer need to rely on the sender providing a secure link in order to access new shared items. You’ll still need your username and password to access SendSafely, but once authenticated you’ll be able to access any item that anyone has shared with you.  

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Secure File Upload with Marketo Forms

[fa icon="calendar'] November 22, 2015 posted in Integrations

We recently had a customer ask us for help integrating our Dropzone Widget  into one of their website forms, which use Marketo Forms 2.0. One of their requirements was that they need uses to attach a file containing sensitive information when submitting the form. Our secure upload widget seemed like the perfect fit, and it turns out integrating with Marketo was pretty easy. We’ve decided to share the code here for other Marketo customers that may want to do a similar integration.  

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Timezones that Travel with You

[fa icon="calendar'] September 30, 2015 posted in New Features

Earlier this month we released a new feature that lets you configure the timezone used for showing date and time values related to your SendSafely items.  The default setting for your account can be set from the Edit Profile screen when logged into your SendSafely account.

If you’re on the road and log into SendSafely, you might notice that we will detect any change in your local timezone and ask you if you want to automatically update your SendSafely timezone settings to match the local time. If you choose Yes then your profile will be updated until your log back in from another timezone, at which point we’ll ask you again.  

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