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Long Ago George Orwell Explained Why Your Online Meetings Are Not Secure

October 7th, 2013

It is a delicate balance to raise a voice of warning without sounding like an alarmist. But as George Orwell, the author of “1984” put it, “In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Perhaps quoting from Orwell is the best place to begin an article like this, for it was he who wrote these infamous words: “Big Brother is watching you.” This sentence was no doubt true, to some extent, in 1949, when Orwell first published his dystopian novel, but some 64 years later, Orwell’s sentiments have never rung truer.

This blog post isn’t
intended to be
inflammatory or to
sound like a bunch of
paranoid conspiracy
theory, but consider
another article from
August 2013, where
TechWeek Europe
reported that two
encrypted e-mail
services — Silent
Circle and Lavabit —
have “closed over
fears of requests from
the U.S. government
for their users’ data.”

TechWeek Europe’s writer Tom Brewster said the United States has pulled a number of communications providers into its PRISM surveillance program, in an attempt to have access to U.S. citizens’ personal data. (Interested readers can find out more about these matters by running some Google searches on “Edward Snowden,” “NSA whistleblower” and “PRISM surveillance program.”)

But setting aside the news headlines and any political affiliations you may have, take a moment to think about what this information means for everyday Web conferencing and remote support users like yourself. In short, the U.S. government (and we would argue — any talented hacker) could clearly gain access to any hosted provider’s database, giving them complete access to Web meeting details and all the Who, What, When, Where and How of your organization. And if this is true for stateside users, can you imagine what this means for international users?

By the way, if you find yourself feeling naively skeptical at this point in this article, take a gander at the surprisingly relevant advertisements that have been appearing on the sidebars of the Web pages you’re browsing. Ask yourself: How do “they” know so much about your interests? Lucky guesses? No. They know…

For all the reasons stated above, this is why RHUB recommends our secure appliance for all your Web conferencing or remote support needs. Unlike hosted services which leave your meetings exposed to the World Wide Web, RHUB’s appliances work from behind your firewall (not outside of it), giving you a much higher level of security. You can read a brief overview of these various setups here.

So, if you don’t want to risk having “Big Brother” or anybody else privy to your online collaborations, then we highly recommend that you visit our Web site and learn more about the peace of mind available from using RHUB.

To conclude with one final quote from George Orwell’s “1984”: “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.” And though he probably had something different in mind, one could certainly argue that Orwell’s meeting place with no darkness is RHUB. At least, we’d like to think so.

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Which Web Conferencing Setup Is Right for You?

September 23rd, 2013

Communication technology has now reached a new frontier.
There’s no need to tie your message to a helium-filled balloon or the foot of a courier pigeon.

In an instant, your organization can interact with other remotely located parties, nationally or internationally, through the wonders of Web conferencing.

And after decades of evolution, we’re happy to report that Web conferencing is secure and easy to use — even if you don’t fancy yourself as being very “tech savvy.”

Better technology means more options for the user. You have three simple choices for your Web conferencing setup:

1. Hosted Service
2. On-Premise Software
3. On-Premise Appliance

Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, so which one will work best for you? We think you will know this answer for your organization better than anybody else. So, we’d encourage you to decide for yourself. But in case you would like more information, we have provided the following paragraphs to help you understand each of the three Web conferencing options, including their pros and cons. And don’t worry! The explanations below are even easier than blowing up party balloons (and definitely simpler than tying them).

Across the Board

There are a few characteristics that all three Web conferencing solutions have in common, across the board:
— All three options give you the ability to communicate within your organization.
— All three options give you the ability to communicate with other remote organizations.
— All three options simplify the process of data sharing.
— And of course, all three options will enhance your virtual meetings.

The Fork in the Road
The three Web conferencing solutions differ in where they are used, as well as some of their strengths. So, let’s take a look at some very specific differences.

HOSTED SERVICE

Hosted Service — The Pros
Hosted Web conferencing services are Internet-based, which makes it a great, offpremise solution, meaning, if you’re not at the office and you need to hold your Web conference from your home, that’s just fine. Your organization simply subscribes to the hosted service and then accesses its application online. No sweat. The hosted solution is the easiest to deploy.

Hosted Service — The Cons
Hosted solutions are less secure, so this will be a significant consideration for you if your organization deals with extremely sensitive information. And hosted solutions are a never-ending expense, as long as you’re subscribed, because they require you to pay an ongoing cost.

ON-PREMISE SOFTWARE

On-Premise Software — The Pros
On-premise software offers you greater security. It operates behind client-company firewalls for an additional barrier of protection and support. Private clouds (within an organization) are much more secure than public clouds (the Internet), because they work over an organization’s servers and its infrastructure, as opposed to being deployed over the Internet (aka The Wild West). When compared to hosted service, on-premise software is also cost-saving over time, and it has a lot more flexibility for integration and for branding (highlighting your organization’s name during conferences).

On-Premise Software — The Cons
The problem with on-premise software, however, is its high upfront cost, and it’s rather difficult to deploy.

ON-PREMISE APPLIANCE

On-Premise Appliance — For the Pros!
As with the on-premise software described above, an on-premise appliance offers you the same great security because it also operates behind client-company firewalls for an additional barrier of protection and support. Private clouds (within an organization) are much more secure than public clouds (the Internet), because they work over an organization’s servers and its infrastructure, as opposed to being deployed over the Internet. And just like on-premise software, when compared to hosted service, an on-premise appliance is also cost-saving over time, and it has a lot more flexibility for integration and for branding.

But unlike on-premise software, the on-premise appliance has a low upfront cost, and it’s easy to deploy, which usually makes it the all-around favorite, once people understand all three options.

Full Disclosure:
In the paragraphs above, we encouraged you to examine these options and choose for yourself. You know your organization and its needs better than we do, so we warmly welcome you to compare and contrast the three solutions for Web conferencing. And if this article has helped you — and you’re happy — then we’re happy, regardless of which solution you choose.

Now, you probably noticed a conspicuous omission of “cons” for the on-premise appliance. Well, that’s because here at RHUB, we personally believe that an on-premise appliance is the very best of the three solutions. That’s why our company has created the RHUB 6-in-1 Web Conferencing Appliance, which gives you Web conferencing, remote support, audio conferencing, video conferencing, remote access and Webinar capabilities — all through one appliance. But we’re not going to give you a big sales pitch here. If you’re interested, we’d encourage you to visit our Web site to learn more: RHUB

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