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The U.S. Cloud Computing Industry Stands to Lose $22 to $35 billion as a Result of PRISM Exposé

The recent revelations about the extent to which the National Security Agency (NSA) and other U.S. law enforcement and national security agencies have used provisions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and USA PATRIOT Act to obtain electronic data from third parties will likely have an immediate and lasting impact on the competitiveness of the U.S. cloud computing industry if foreign customers decide the risks of storing data with a U.S. company outweigh the benefits, according to the statistics revealed by the latest report of the Information Technology and Innovation foundation (ITIF). If European cloud customers cannot trust the United States government, then maybe they won’t trust U.S.cloud providers either. If I am right, there are multibillion-euro consequences...

PRISM Exposé Boosts Swiss Data Center Revenues

The stringent laws which govern Swiss banks are derivative of the nation’s privacy legislation, and now – thanks to the PRISM scandal – the country is fast becoming the ideal location for those turning their back on the cloud. Recent leaks of the American National Security Agency’s (NSA) PRISM surveillance program have sparked growing concern over data privacy, with implications for global corporations using US-controlled cloud services, such as AWS, Azure and Dropbox. As a result, businesses are now turning to Switzerland for their data hosting needs. Swiss ‘private’ hosting companies are seeing huge growth because privacy in Switzerland is enshrined in law. As the country is outside of the EU, it is not bound by pan-European agreements to share data with other member states, ...

Novosoft Announces Release of Handy Backup 7.4.1 With Modifications of Business Editions of the Software

Novosoft yesterday announced release of  Handy Backup 7.4.1 with  modifications of business editions of the software which will improve efficiency of centralized backup of business data. The update to 7.4.1 from any edition of Handy Backup 7 is free. The news comes a few days after  Novosoft LLC  launched an add-on for Handy Backup that helps users back up PostgreSQL databases. In this release we’ve brought to life a great number of features to make the program more agreeable to customer’s needs. The updated version contains new functions designed to make the remote interaction with the program easier than before. – Aleksey Dolgushev, Business Development Head, Handy Backup. Handy Backup 7.4.1 features an  enhanced control panel of Network Server edition that allows corporate users to inst...

Dropbox Announces Invite-Only DBX, its First Ever Conference for Developers on July 9th

Cloud storage giant Dropbox will host it’s first ever developers conference  called DBX   on  July 9 at  Fort Mason, San Francisco, California. People create more than a billion memories, thoughts, and moments in Dropbox every day. We’re bringing together our community of developers and partners to build on these experiences and design the future. – Dropbox. The top priority storage provider among netizens to store files, videos, music and documents, Dropbox has announced that the conference is a connection point for developers to interact with their fellow peers and  Dropbox API engineers and designers. The sparse details revealed so far  indicate that the one day conference will be a place to learn about latest features on Dropbox’s platform,  new products that will mak...

Security Vulnerability Found in the RubyonRails framework, Heroku Applications Affected

A serious security vulnerability was  found today in the Ruby on Rails framework. This exploit affected nearly all applications running Rails including  Heroku’s. Ruby on Rails issued prompt warning  and announced  that the releases 3.2.11, 3.1.10, 3.0.19, and 2.3.15 contained  two extremely critical security fixes. The aforementioned  Rails versions were immediately  patched and deemed safe from this exploit. The users were advised to upgrade their version promptly, failing which an attacker could potentially gain access to their application, its data, and run arbitrary code or commands. If you’re one of the concerned users, please check the patched versions below (deemed safe from exploit)  and upgrade immediately. Changes in 3.2.11 Changes in 3.1.10 Changes in 3.0.19 Changes...

Heroku Fixes Password Security Issue

Heroku has resolved  a security vulnerability it was alerted to in December that would allow an attacker to change the password of a pre-existing user account and thus gain control of it. Web security has been a vital issue for the industry as recently EdgeWebHosting partnered with DuoSecutiry to secure remote access by enabling two-factor authentication and SingleHop launched an automated security service for dedicated cloud servers. On December 19, 2012, security researcher Stephen Sclafani notified Heroku of an issue in their  account creation system. Using a maliciously-crafted HTTP request, an attacker could change the password of a pre-existing Heroku user account, and thus gain control of it. This attack would not disclose the pre-existing password to the attacker. Instead of persec...

Edgewebhosting Partners with Duo Security to Secure Remote Access

Edgewebhosting Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical managed hosting services, announced it’s partnership with Duo Security on Wednesday to provide two-factor authentication service.  This authentication service provides highly secure and remote access to Edge’s managed hosting solutions. Two-factor authentication is an approach to authentication which requires the presentation of two or more authentication factors: a knowledge factor (something the user knows), a possession factor (something the user has), and an inherence factor (something the user is).  For example, when you visit a local automated teller machine (ATM), one authentication factor is the physical ATM card that you  insert into the machine (something the user has). The second factor is the PIN you enter through the ...

DropBox Updates its App For iOS

Dropbox,  online cloud storage service provider,  updated  its app for iOS platform by including Airprint support and content sharing to Facebook & Twitter. Prior to this update, sharing was possible either by email or by copying the content to the clipboard. With this update, users can share a photo directly to the social networks with additional options like Facebook Message, Post to Facebook and Tweet. AirPrint support will allow iOS users to print content directly from their device with a single tap. The update also includes support for Korean, a language that was added to the service in May. The update for the Android app of the service is yet to arrive. Dropbox was recently in the news for Two Step Authentication that provides a safer access to the Dropbox users after a few numbe...

How to Secure Your Dropbox Account

Good news for the Dropbox users!! Dropbox users can now enable 2-step verification to secure their Dropbox accounts. Two-step verification is an optional but highly recommended security feature that adds an extra layer of protection to a Dropbox account. Once enabled, Dropbox will require a six-digit security code in addition to the password whenever the account user sign in to Dropbox or link a new computer, phone, or tablet. In two step verification, users will be provided with a six digit code sent to them via text to enable secure login. The smartphones users (Android, BlackBerry, iOS or Windows Phone)  can download the Authenticator app to generate the time-sensitive  codes locally on their Smartphones. You can enable the two-step verification by following these steps: Sign in to the ...

DropBox Employ New Security Features After Security Breach

Dropbox, a file sharing service, confirmed on Tuesday about a security breach that compromised many Dropbox accounts. Aditya Agarwal, VP of engineering at Dropbox, stated in a blog post, “ A couple weeks ago, we started getting emails from some users about spam they were receiving at email addresses used only for Dropbox. We’ve been working hard to get to the bottom of this, and want to give you an update. Our investigation found that usernames and passwords recently stolen from other websites were used to sign in to a small number of Dropbox accounts. We’ve contacted these users and have helped them protect their accounts.” “A stolen password was also used to access an employee Dropbox account containing a project document with user email addresses,” said Agarwal. “We be...

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