From the early days at SmartFile we saw the power of help videos. Most of these lived in our help section of the application. We found that users were more likely to press play than to click on the text documentation. The only problem was that our feature set was constantly evolving and the time to make these videos became increasingly difficult. The other issue was finding a quiet space to record. This wasn’t as much of an issue working out of our houses, but after moving into an office finding a place to record (without hearing everyone talk) was difficult.
Recently we moved into our fourth office, and one of my requirements was having a place to record videos. Unfortunately downtown office space comes at price, so our recording studio couldn’t take up much space. The first time I opened the door to our then utility closet, I didn’t see just a water heater, but a bona fide recording studio. So after making many adjustments we finished the studio, but not without wasting some time and money. Below is what we used and how did it on a budget.
How do people recognize your company online? There are multiple influences of branding that can increase customer recognition and awareness. A clever company or product name alone can get some brands over the hurdle of remaining relevant in customers minds. Other companies have brilliant logos and design that help mark their territory in the eye of the consumer. Brand awareness is what every company strives for and continues to try and improve.
Here are 3 simple ways to improve your brand awareness online:
1 – Stand Out and Stay Consistent
This sounds simple but it’s getting tougher to do everyday. Companies must stand out any way they can; great website experience, clever logo design, great content marketing, clear product value, prompt customer engagement, or unique sales promotions. Any way that a company can stand out in a crowd, their brand awareness will increase. Make sure your company is always striving to differentiate itself.
One of the big benefits and features of SmartFile is the ability to access your files through FTP or securely through FTPS, FTPES, or SFTP. SmartFile users can easily connect through any of these methods using their existing site URL, username, and password. I will walk you through how to connect to each through FileZilla. It’s very simple, so let’s get started!
1. When logged in thru FileZilla, select the site Manager icon in the far upper left hand of the toolbar.
2. Click ‘New Site’
Beware of dog. POODLE is no longer the nice puppy you want to pet, rather it stands for “Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption”. This is a new security attack that makes SSLv3 dangerous by potentially allowing someone to steal your cookies, which is bad and could be taken advantage of by bad people. The flaw in SSLv3 is at least 15 years old and is used by most all ancient browsers (Internet Explorer 6 in particular) and some modern browsers and servers. Those affected will see an SSL connection error.
Does SmartFile support SSLv3?
Not anymore. SmartFile has stopped taking SSLv3 connections. Older browsers (IE 6 users on Windows XP) will not be able to use SmartFile, as well as API users that are trying to connect with old or insecure API clients. Contact us if you think you’re affected by this bug and you’re having trouble using SmartFile now.
Did you know about the all the new features inside SmartFile? We’ve recently released a lot of new features that improve our web application and API. Three of them you should know about right now are password protected links, expanded file previewer, and file thumbnails. These are features that customers have requested and now we’re delivering them to everyone! Read more about them below and try them out today.
Password Protected Shares – In the advanced options of your shares, you will now see a password field. Add extra protection to your files by enabling a password protected share. Click here to read more about this feature.
There is a new bug in town, it’s name is Shellshock. Remember Heartbleed? It might be worse than Heartbleed, so you should probably be aware of how it might affect you. You probably won’t understand all of the specifics and technical details of the bug, so we’ll try and lay it out in a less technical explanation.
What is it?
Shellshock exploits the Unix system Bash command shell by remotely executing code. The Bash command is one of the most common applications in popular UNIX systems like Mac OS X or Linux (Windows is safe from this bug). It’s actually been around for 22 years, but it was recently discovered by Akamai Technologies security researcher Stephane Chazelas.