Resetting Automatically Generated Passwords

file sharing password management | | Feature Focus

SmartFile believes that you, the customer, owns the product and we make new features based off of your customer feedback! In our latest release, we added a new security feature that allows you to force users with randomly generated passwords to reset them upon log in!

When you create a new user in SmartFile, you can generate a random password for them and notify them via email. This is a great time-saver, but sometimes it works too well. The new user gets lazy and copies and pastes the password over and over again, never resetting it. So when the user loses the email, they come screaming to IT for help, who forward the user to a password reset form.

Basically, since auto-generated passwords are complex and forgettable, they often create more trouble than they’re worth, until now…

The Solution: Forcing Random Password Resets Prior to Logging In

We know that passwords can be a big headache for IT admins. To resolve that, we created a new feature that forces users with automatically generated passwords to reset them. You can find it under Admin Settings –> Web App –> Passwords.
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Creating a Virtual Data Room for Energy Companies

virtual data room (vdr) for energy companies | | Online Security

People who work in the energy industry have a unique set of needs when it comes to sharing files securely with other companies. While virtual data room companies claim they have the full solution, many lack the ability to brand and have a clunky user-interface.

This is where SmartFile Enterprise or Business can come in handy. Both options give you a great user interface and tons of security and reporting options for your virtual data room.

Ultimately, there’s a few things energy companies need for a virtual data room:

  • Granular User Permissions
  • Encrypted File Transfer
  • Encrypted File Storage
  • Protected Storage
  • Analytics
  • Logs (in CSV format) of User & File Behaviors
  • Notifications and Usage Alerts
Tools/Ease of Use
  • Fully Brandable & Responsive Browser Interface
  • Ability to Search OCR Documents (like PDFs)
  • Large File Size Limits (up to 2 TB)

While there are other features that are nice to have, these are critical elements that should be important for energy companies, especially for two individual institutions working together on a project. Let’s focus on a few areas above in which SmartFile can help you create a successful virtual data room for all parties involved…

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3 Building Blocks of IT Compliance

it compliance concerns | | Industry Thoughts

Managing your IT assets is growing more difficult and IT compliance is getting tougher. New cloud based applications, file sharing services, devices and external storage units get connected to your network all the time.

If this doesn’t scare you, it should. In fact, 63% of data breaches come from internal sources* — aka your employees or the processes and procedures they use on a daily basis. This makes IT compliance a top concern. Ensuring you have the building blocks in place to make sure your assets are secure is of the up-most importance.

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The LEGO server build

lego-build | | SmartFile News

SmartFile has done it. We’ve built a LEGO server! It took us about 2 weeks and thousands of LEGO pieces to complete this masterpiece.  Watch the video below to see the entire process broken down into minutes through a time-lapse presentation.


The concept was simple, make a working server out of LEGO. Originally we wanted the server to have rails and be able to be racked into a server cabinet…but we decided to go with a more realistic approach of having it fit on a shelf in a cabinet instead. The hardware itself is from a 2U server but the actual build is designed to be the height of a 4U server. We didn’t know what obstacles we would run into, but we were confident that LEGO bricks and server hardware could work together without too much catastrophe.

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IE11 Not Submitting My Radio Button in Label

ie11radiobuttons | | General Information

It’s a common pattern to see a radio button inside a label in HTML5. It’s a very universal way to ensure that clicking the label will make the radio button select. This is of course assuming that your “for” and “id” match.

<label for="myradio" class="btn btn-large btn-block btn-warning">
    <input type="radio" value="1" name="myradio" id="myradio">
    <span class="active-label hide-it">Selected</span>
    <span class="inactive-label ">Select</span>

It is also a common practice to disable buttons on submit, especially on payment pages. In this case, I’m using the label as the button and hiding the radio button with CSS. When the form submits the label is disabled with the class and attribute.

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The Future! Forecast for Cloud Storage in 2018

cloud-storage | | Industry Thoughts

Read the quote below and let the information sink in for a second.  The numbers are a bit staggering and difficult to wrap your mind around, but nonetheless eye opening.

By 2018, it is reckoned that a whopping 3.6 billion people will be using cloud storage, having uploaded more than a trillion items including emails, photos and documents etc. That amounts to an Exabyte’s worth of data, which is an impossibly big number and looks something like 1,073,741,824GB. In fact it is so big, it is basically what astronomers use to count stars with.

From Sebastian Bos at Business2Business

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