Posts Tagged ‘web seminar’

RHUB: Web Conferencing That Works

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Not so long ago it would have seemed like science fiction. Web conferencing makes it straightforward to arrange a meeting with your potential customers in Shanghai, and to exchange data is as uncomplicated as if you were all sitting around the same conference table. This has important implications for a company’s bottom line. Business travel expenses for most companies have been slashed, because why travel when arranging an international conference isn’t any more difficult than making a phone call? Web conferencing is one of the most important tools in any business’s toolbox.

Too bad, then, that the potential savings of web conferencing sometimes go unrealized. It’s happened to the best of us. The conference is just getting started, our pens are poised, ready to take those first notes, but we can’t make a connection. The next fifteen minutes are taken up with desperately punching buttons and opening and closing browser windows, punctuated by intervals of dead silence.

At RHUB, we pride ourselves on avoiding most glitches that will ruin a meeting. For view-only attendees, there is nothing to download. This means firewalls and antiviruses won’t block attendance. Missing or incorrect Flash installations won’t translate to confused and frustrated would-be participants. The only requirement to join a meeting is the ability to access the Internet.

With RHUB, it takes just seconds to connect to the meeting, and view-only attendees can access a meeting from Linux or Unix browsers, not just Windows or Mac software. Meetings can even be joined via iPhones, iPads, or Android devices. Attendees who are also presenters need only download a meeting manager.

How does it work? With RHUB, you buy an appliance, a piece of equipment that looks something like a router. You have a one-time fee, instead of steep monthly charges. We estimate that buying an RHUB appliance is equivalent to paying monthly fees for 3 to 10 months for most other options.

The RHUB appliance uses a floating license with no limit on the number of users, so the more employees there are using RHUB in an organization, the more economical it is compared to other options.

Installation is simple. Setup only needs to be done once for hosting, and it takes less than 30 seconds. Setup is only necessary for hosting; view-only attendees never need to do any setup. Anyone within your organization can host meetings without incurring any extra expenses.

It’s great for on-site meetings. Internal meetings are secured by your firewall. Screen refreshes take place at local network speeds, so everything is lightning fast. And it’s great for meetings with clients. It’s brandable and can be integrated with your website.

Each appliance comes loaded with six applications: web conferencing, which can be used for demos, classes, and sales presentations; remote support, a useful application for technicians; audio conferencing, for VoIP-based conferences; video conferencing, for webcam-based conferences; remote access, which permits access to a home computer while traveling; and web seminar, which is excellent for presenting online classes for view-only attendees.

Questions? Give us a call at 866-758-0984, and learn more about the pleasures of using web conferencing that’s economical, and better yet, that actually works.

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Why Webinars?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

If there is one thing we are all short of these days it’s time. It is one thing to think about upgrading your skills and increasing your value in the job market. It is quite another to juggle that with work, children, community involvement and anything else you can add to this list.

Often our jobs may require that we attend seminars or training sessions of some type. Web conferencing has made the prospect of meeting and training significantly cheaper. In fact it has become such an attractive option many companies now see it as their first choice. Advantages of web seminars over traditional training seminars are many. Some of those that readily come to mind are:

  • A reduction in travel costs
  • Employees don’t need to leave the workplace to attend, so they can still be engaged at work
  • There is no need to print information as everything can be viewed onscreen
  • Webinar and conferencing sessions can be recorded and saved for later viewing
  • The ability to stream video or audio makes for compelling content

Webinars are made even more interesting by the use of streaming video, audio feeds, annotations, whiteboards, and video broadcasting with a webcam – all common web conferencing features. These usually help to enhance the presentations and keep participants engaged. Partner this with interactive collaboration and you a very powerful tool.

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Hemorrhaging Data with Your Web Conferencing Solution?

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Everyone is familiar with the story of the Dutch boy who saved his country from flooding by plugging a hole in the dike with his finger. (If not I inserted the hyperlink just for you.) Modern day data leaks may not have any of the inspirational undertones, but the allegory is a good reminder that leaks of any kind must be plugged somehow.

Data leaks can cost money, and in the context of the current economic climate the consequences can be damaging for any company. Industrial espionage may not be talked about as much as it used to be, but there are still other ways to lose data. Environments such as open meetings and webinars can present an open invitation to hackers.

Web conferencing, like so many computer related technologies allow companies a greater level of freedom. This comes in the form of accessibility and the ability to move information and generate feedback at a rapid pace. Think of it as a highway, which allows for rapid transit, but which at certain points can be blocked off to prevent unauthorized access.

A Breakdown in Security

The two main areas of concern with web conferencing security are transmission security and access security. With transmission security, the aim is to protect the information while it is the process of being moved from one point to another. The latter is related to preventing unintended parties from being to gain access to a meeting or webinar.

Generally, passwords are issued to those invited to take part in a web conference or remote support session. The obvious danger is that passwords or IDs can be cracked, leaving the appliance vulnerable to attack. Some services offer a secondary password which only enforces the idea that using passwords is not a reliable form of security. If the hacker cracks the first password, why wouldn’t he be able to crack the second? It is always best to generate irreversibly encrypted passwords and to integrate it with the use of your own firewall.

Web conferencing data that is being transmitted is stored temporarily on a server. While this also presents an opportunity for hackers, security protocols such as Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption usually prevent stolen information from being read.

How Your Appliance Can Protect You

To prevent data theft, choose a web conferencing option that utilizes the first line of defense against attacks, namely your own firewall. Internal meetings can be held behind the firewall thus preventing outside access. DMZ deployment is also another effective security feature of web conferencing. With this option you can control access by determining whether internal or external parties will be involved in the meeting. In this way anyone who tries to gain access from outside the firewall will be rejected.

If you have concerns about the possibility of data loss during web meetings examine the security features of your conferencing solution. Even if the information is not of a highly sensitive nature you still have the right to be protected. If you have already fallen victim to data loss it may be time for you to consider other options.

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