HOB Brings Home Gold, Silver and Bronze!

Posted by Tobias Eichenseer Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:43:00 GMT

Our customers always knew that our secure remote access solutions were exceptional and now we have additional accolades to prove it. At the 10th annual 2015 IT World Awards, hosted by Network Products Guide, the IT industry’s leading technology research and advisory publication, HOB won three awards for our Remote Desktop Virtual Private Network (HOB RD VPN version 2.1).

Our flagship product, HOB RD VPN (version 2.1), won gold in the “Best Security Software” category, silver in the “Best IT Software” category and bronze in the “Most Innovative IT Software” category.

The awards honor excellence in every facet of the IT industry, people and products included. Nominees went through a rigorous review process conducted by a panel of industry experts before winners were announced.  

Here’s what sets our product apart: HOB RD VPN is not your typical SSL VPN. It’s high-performance, enabling convenient, yet secure remote access to enterprise resources and data, thereby decreasing costs and administration effort while increasing productivity and enhancing IT security. Version 2.1 of HOB RD VPN improves accessibility and auto-synchronization of corporate files across different platforms and devices.

Secure remote access is a top of mind industry issue as ever-connected employees demand flexible work environments. Employers must meet this demand while ensuring that corporate intellectual property is safe. Our solution meets both sides in the middle; equipping mobile workers with the access and resources they demand, while gifting industry leaders with peace of mind, knowing that this information remains secure.

We’re extremely proud and humbled to receive industry recognition alongside some of the brightest and best in the business and see these awards as a milestone in our journey to fuse security and flexibility for all of our customers.

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5 Reasons Businesses Should Switch to VoIP

Posted by Tobias Eichenseer Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:17:00 GMT

Businesses strive to reduce operating costs whilst improving their mode of operation. Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) offers a host of significant advantages compared to Public Service Telephone Network systems (PSTN), which is why businesses are implementing convergent speech- and data networks and VoIP systems. When using VoIP, voice traffic travels on the internet or over private data network lines, rather than being channeled across conventional commercial telecommunications lines. The benefits of VoIP include:

1. Cost-effectiveness
Probably the most striking advantage of VoIP is its ability to save on expenses.
For businesses, VoIP decreases the cost for equipment and effort, reducing labor and maintenance costs. The cost of long-distance phone calls can be reduced effectively with VoIP, in contrast to public switched telephone networks, which involve expensive international calls.

2. Increase flexibility

VoIP allows for management practices, such as teleworking, which are not possible with traditional phone technology. VoIP provides service and phone mobility, since the VoIP system can be used virtually anywhere, with the same company number, given that a broadband connection is available. This means that the user is not restricted solely to a fixed workplace, but can also work while travelling, for example. Using a headphone/microphone set connected to a computer system, a laptop can also serve to receive important customer phone calls.

3.More features
VoIP provides a number of useful features, which are, in addition to the standard features, associated with a traditional telephone system. Simultaneous communication with more than two persons is possible with VoIP; therefore this allows for online conferences with numerous persons at one go, decreasing travel costs. Other features include hold and unhold calls, support of several accounts, and call transfer ability, all of which are not possible using standard telephone equipment. VoIP feature upgrades normally require only bandwidth and software upgrades.

4. Intuitive Interface
The majority of VoIP systems use a web GUI, such that working with VoIP is rendered as easy as possible.
 
5. Security
Many enterprises are opting for VoIP on their own virtual private networks (VPN), benefitting from better security and quality than those that function solely over the public Internet. SSL VPN products provide security measures that can be used to protect the data traffic from unwanted access by unauthorized persons, both accidental and malicious, for all communications that pass over the Internet.

Making secure calls using HOBPhone
HOB RD VPN offers secure, flexible and comprehensive remote access to centrally stored company data and applications. One of the key functionalities of HOB RD VPN blue edition is HOBPhone. The Java-based SIP client HOBPhone easily connects to the enterprise telephone system without intensive software installation and allows for phoning from different locations worldwide via the Internet – and is completely comfortable and reliable. It is a secure, encrypted voice communication, thus calls are unable to be tapped.

Moreover, several user accounts can be used simultaneously, with a centrally configurable telephone book. The great advantage of the HOB solution: There is no need for an installation or administration rights on the client side. Worldwide connectivity for employees can thus be achieved quickly and easily. HOBPhone supports five accounts, whereby the user can make and receive calls from these five different lines. Voice conferencing with many persons from different accounts is made possible using HOBPhone, and one has the possibility to connect with exchange server for contacts. HOBPhone can be used with a Windows, Mac, or Linux operating system.

Readers, do you think that VoIP is the way to go for establishing secure business calls? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Don’t Dig Your Car Out of the Snow! Work from Home!

Posted by Stefanie Kober Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:55:00 GMT

Large parts of the US are being paralyzed by this year’s first blizzard “Hercules” - Happy New Year! With temperatures far too cold to get out of your house and thousands of cars being buried beneath masses of snow, having to go to work can be terribly annoying. You might even end up digging out your car from the snow, only to realize that it was your neighbor’s. In order to prevent this from happening, you have three options:

1. Call in sick.

2. Take vacation and try to catch a plane to a warmer place. Maybe somewhere like Iceland or just any other place on earth.

3. Work from home, if you are lucky enough to work for a company that allows you to access your workplace from home.

 

Although options 1 and 2 seem tempting, this blog article wants to concentrate on option number three. Working from home offers a lot of benefits to employees. You can more flexibly arrange your work-life-balance, save on time commuting to and from work and avoid distractions at your workplace (also, you don’t have to deal with blizzards on your way to work). For companies, home offices help save energy costs, offer their employees more flexible working hours and can secure business continuity.

Home offices seem great, but we have bad news for you. According to a study from 2012, the chances that you are able to work from home are rather low . The study found that, even though more and more companies are claiming to offer possibilities to work from home, the proportion of employees that actually work from home remained essentially flat between the mid-90s and mid-2000s. The authors found that in 2004 only seventeen percent of the working population worked for an average of six hours a week from home. Another statistic reports that in 2011 forty-five percent of the US workforce held a job that was compatible with at least part-time telework .

The good news is that the technology to enable employees to work from home is already there and ready to be implemented. At HOB, we offer various software products that can help you set up home offices. With HOB RD VPN, for example, employees are able to connect from any computer with an internet connection to company servers or their desktop computer in the office. The access doesn’t require any admin rights or installation on the client side, which makes it perfectly easy for anyone to connect with their workplace. Thanks to Wake-on-LAN, you can remotely turn on and off your workplace computer and save energy. Remote connections over HOB RD VPN are SSL encrypted, so you don’t need to worry about security issues. Since HOB products are only software, they can be easily integrated into any existing IT infrastructure.

As one can see, there really is no point in trying to fight Hercules. Instead, companies and employees should start implementing and using remote access technology to enable home offices.

Finally, please let us know how you and your work life have been affected by Hercules and what experiences you made with home offices. We are looking forward to reading your comments!

 

Sources:

M. C. Noonan & J. L. Glass (2012): “The hard truth about telecommuting.” In Monthly Labor Review

K. Lister & T. Harnish (2011): “The State of Telework in the US.“ http://www.workshifting.com/downloads/downloads/Telework-Trends-US.pdf

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HOB RD VPN Again a Finalist at Golden Bridge Awards 2013

Posted by Sarah Becker Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:54:00 GMT

Golden Bridge Award Finalist 2013

 

For three years in succession, HOB RD VPN has been a finalist at the Golden Bridge Awards. The top-class jury has nominated HOB RD VPN in five categories as a potential winner („Access - Innovations“, „Cloud Security - Innovations“, „Network Security Solution – Innovations“, Remote Access Solution – Innovations“ und „VPN/IPSec/SSL - Innovations“).

The final winners will be announced on September 30th, 2013 in San Francisco. Till then we keep our fingers crossed!

You can find further information about the Golden Bridge Awards here: http://www.goldenbridgeawards.com/world/

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