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PowerFolder: German Cloud integrates Malware protection from Avira

More and more companies, universities and other entities of the public sector use Cloud based solutions to protect, exchange and sync important documents. PowerFolder provides a secure European cloud hosted in Germany, under the strict German data protection law. Naturally the PowerFolder Cloud transfers and stores files encrypted to make sure that files and folders are always secure and protected by a granular permission system.

Now PowerFolder takes the next step forward and integrates the Malware Protect of Avira – for the user this results in even more security for their documents.

Many Companies and institutions have a security problem when it comes to their own IT – Their users. They bring their own USB drives / external hard drives and since BYOD (Bring your own device) has become a relevant topic – their own Smartphones and computers. Along with them often comes Malware which can in many cases spread out within the company via many ways. One of this ways is the cloud which is used for backup but also for exchange of files and is supposed to increase security but sometimes can become a risk as well.

Activate Cloud Malware Protect

And at this point PowerFolder Cloud Malware Protect can help your company to remain secure. It scans the files in the cloud before they can reach other devices, removes threats and even protects your email communication if you use the PowerFolder Outlook Add-In.

With always the latest malware definitions Avira, reliably finds and removes all kind of trojans and viruses. This way companies can follow their BYOD strategy while adding an extra layer of security with just a few clicks and no additional maintenance.

Christian Sprajc (CEO of PowerFolder):” For Powerfolder users our partnership with Avira is a big advantage, they can now rest assured that their cloud will not distribute existing malware. Beyond this private computers will not bring new malware into the company and endanger documents and computers.”

Cloud Malware Protect only costs 3.90 Euro per month and with a yearly subscription the customer can even save 2 month. Partner and resellers of PowerFolder and Avira will get an additional ten percent discount on all PowerFolder products. And early adopters can even get better conditions with a 35 percent discount on 1 TB PowerFolder Cloud products with Cloud Malware Protect.

PowerFolder infrastructure upgrade maintenance

We are upgrading our infrastructure to match the high demand of our customers in the time from 02 Sept. 2015 to 09 Sept.

In this time it is possible that our customers will have temporally restricted access to their Files which are stored in the cloud.

Private cloud installations are not affected by this.

The Files itself will be not affected by this.

We will update this post as soon as the maintenance is completed

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this

Best Regards
The PowerFolder Team

PowerFolder 10 Service Pack 3 available

PowerFolder 10 Service Pack 3 is now available for installation. Our Service Pack Releases are focusing on improvements and bugfixes to ensure that you have a secure, stable and reliable file sync and share solution. The most significant changes are:

Improvements and Bugfixes

  • Support for Windows 10 and Mircosoft Edge
  • Token based authentication denies access per device
  • File history now keeps 25 previous versions accessible
  • Many improvements for our Outlook Plugin (Beta 2)
  • Apply profiles based on organizations
  • Better support uploads of large files via web
  • Improved protection against XSS attack
  • End users can now create and administrate groups
  • Improved support for LDAP and OpenLDAP
  • Rename folders in web
  • Fixed bug in cluster synchronization
  • Fixed many minor bugs
  • Many stability and accessibility Improvements

See the full releasemotes for the Client  and Server

Download PowerFolder 10 Service Pack 3

Outlook Plugin Beta 2

The PowerFolder outlook plugin is now available in a new BETA 2 version and enables you to:

  • Send large files directly via Outlook
  • Encrypted transfer of files
  • Protect files with password
  • Limit the number of downloads
  • Set expire date for downloads
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Register for PowerFolder Security Kongress today

On 17. September 2015 we invite our customers partners to visit us on the the PowerFolder Security Kongress 2015 in Düsseldorf and discuss topics on security related to file sync and share. Legal experts and Partners will present their projects and solutions to bring security in the cloud and private cloud to next level.

Please note that the congress will be held in German

Register for PowerFolder Security Kongress 2015

Maintenance work on our cloud: 22. June 2015

We are currently extending our cloud storage capabilities therefore a few users might experience a decreased performance or will be not able to access the cloud storage.
The Maintenance will be completed around 9 AM CET on 23. June 2015.

Stored data and local data, as well as On-Premise customers will be not affected by this.
Thank you for making this extension necessary and thank you for your understanding.

Best regards: PowerFolder

D2D Connect / PowerFolder: Mobile devices create their own network for file sharing

D2D Connect / PowerFolder: Mobile devices create their own network for file sharing

How can files be shared easily secure and independent of external services and networks, between multiple mobile devices?

PowerFolder teams up with the “Workgroup for technology of social networks at the University of Duesseldorf” in a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) to find out. The goal of the Project is not only to understand the requirements and develop new concepts but also to turn those concepts into a solution. The final product will be able to create dynamic networks on the fly, independent of classical network infrastructures or internet connections and exchange files and information directly between devices.

The title of the project is D2D Connect and will have multiple phases, in the first step the goal is to provide a solution for file sync and share directly between devices. Long term the product will focus and solve problems within the industry 4.0, the automotive sector and the internet of things.

What are the advantages of direct exchange of files via self-generated connections between mobile devices?

  • It is fast and easy, even with large amounts of data
  • The transfer is independent of limiting external factors such as network-quality (for example on fairs).
  • The exchange is encrypted
  • The exchanged file exist nowhere but on the sender- and the receiver-device

Christian Sprajc CEO of PowerFolder: “Especially in companies with extreme requirements for security, a mobile file exchange between devices in a self-generated or independent network is important, since it is secure and can remove many possibilities for corporate espionage”

The new technology which is used in D2D Connect will be introduced to Apple and Android devices in the first step, but aims to provide a general solution for automatic data exchange between all kind of devices, vehicles, facilities.  This way the internet of things can become a reality even in environments in which classical network environments are not needed, not trusted, or not possible.  

 

What is the “Workgroup for technology of social networks at the University of Duesseldorf”?

Under the direction Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kalman Graffi the “Workgroup for  technology of social networks at the University of Duesseldorf” is part of the institute for computer science at the Heinrich-Heine-University of Duesseldorf and part of the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences.

The team consists of seven doctoral students and focuses on the research of self-organizing protocols and innovative mechanisms to make unreliable resources, which are available in large amounts, available as reliable, high quality infrastructure services. Target applications are, among others, decentralized data services, highly scale-able communication structures and social networks. Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kalman Graffi was honored as „Young scientist of the year 2014” by Academics.de and is member of the “Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities”.

What is PowerFolder?

PowerFolder / dal33t GmbH is a German software company, which provides “out of the box” cloud and in-house Enterprise file sync and share solutions and partly individualized on-premise services for the educational-, research-, industrial and information-sector.

The company focuses on efficient, reliable, scale- able and secure sync, share and backup solutions. PowerFolder has become the base for some of the biggest German educational cloud services and a wide range of cloud and infrastructural services for companies of any size around the world.

The on-premise solutions of PowerFolder allow companies to become independent and self-sufficient when it comes to “dropbox – like” cloud services, the collaboration with Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kalman Graffi and his team in this new BMWi project aims to create an advanced level of independence, security and reliability for PowerFolder customers.

PowerFolder 10 Service Pack 2 is ready for installation!

Dear PowerFolder User

Our next stability first release Service Pack 2 for version 10 of PowerFolder server and client together with a new mobile app for Android and Apple devices is ready for you.

Improvements in 10.2

  • Group creation and administration available for users
  • Password strength indicator and password requirements
  • Flexible LDAP mapping – adjust PowerFolder to your LDAP
  • Support for Open LDAP
  • Italian translation for web and client
  • A wide range of improvements and bugfixes

See our full release notes for PowerFolder Server and PowerFolder Desktop Client

It is important to update the clients to make sure that the software certificate is updated.
Versions for branded clients can be found in your distribution folder at my.powerfolder.com other
on-premise clients can be found here

Download the Service Pack 2 for version 10 of PowerFolder



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New version of PowerFolder for mobile devices

  • German and Italian Version
  • More stable
  • Faster and more responsive

Get the mobile apps here:

Get PowerFolder for Apple iPhone and iPad




Get PowerFolder for Android devices

 

 

 

PowerFolder 10 Service Pack 1 is available for you now!

We just released Service Pack 1 for PowerFolder Server and Client and along with this a brand new little Add-In (BETA) for Outlook to further improve your productivity.

Improvements in 10.1

  • Desktop-Sync – makes your desktop available on all devices and share files easily
  • Outlook Add-In (Beta) – send files of any size via email from Outlook
  • OS X finder integration  –  sync status of files is now visible on Mac
  • Improved XSS protection – to create a more secure environment
  • A wide range of improvements and bugfixes

See our full release notes for the PowerFolder Server and the PowerFolder Desktop Client

Get the Latest Version of PowerFolder

Get the Beta version of the PowerFolder Outlook Add-In

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Secure files with End-to-End Encryption (E2EE) using Boxcryptor

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Last week we added a new user guide to the PowerFolder Wiki on how to use Boxcryptor to add end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to PowerFolder:

End-to-end encryption is recommended for folders containing highly sensitive content. An additional encryption password is required to access its contents. The files are available on smartphones, tablets, desktop PCs and notebook.

Even without end-to-end encryption files in PowerFolder get encrypted before they leave the client. In addition all files are stored encrypted in the cloud (at rest). PowerFolder is secured through industrial security standards (AES, RSA, SHA).

Always remember: Any password based security is only as strong as your password. Adding technology does not automatically increase security if a weak password is chosen. Always choose strong passwords (Tips and Tricks).

Read the complete user guide here:

https://wiki.powerfolder.com/display/PFC/Secure+files+with+End-to-End+Encryption+%28E2EE%29+using+Boxcryptor

 

Save your precious time with highly-efficient Enterprise File Sync and Share

Today we’re gonna outline PowerFolder’s sync features to save your precious time:

  • Delta-Sync: The client analyzes the file which is supposed to be transferred and compares the latest version with the previous version. Then it transfers only the changed parts.
  • Multi-Source download: The client can concurrently download file parts from multiple sources for a single file.
  • Compressed transfers: The client uses ZIP compression when sending data over the Internet.
  • High speed UDT protocol: The client is able to connect to other devices via the UDT network protocol. The UDT protocol is optimized for high speed data transfers.
  • Direct device to device transfer in LAN or Internet: The clients directly syncs with other clients over LAN and Internet.

These features make PowerFolder extreme handy in situations with poor or no Internet connection at all.

Get started with PowerFolder’s free edition now. More documentation can be found in our wiki.

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