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Three Reasons a Reverse Proxy is Worth the Investment

Posted by Chris Vale on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 @ 07:38 AM

For any business, its data is a critical part of its functioning. This data is constantly being accessed and shared among employees, clients and staff, making secure file transfer services essential.
With the amount of information flooding in and out of company servers, there is always a higher chance of data loss during the transfer, and more importantly, a system could be hacked, and its security breached.
For this reason, many companies invest in reverse proxy services.
What is reverse proxy?
Reverse proxy is a type of server that retrieves information from one or several servers, and transfers this to the client requesting the information. This allows a company's reverse proxy to identify the source, or client, and authenticates the transmission of information without the client being aware of its origin.
Here are some of the benefits of using a reverse proxy service.
  • Security. When an internet user or client sends a request for a file transfer, the request is first sent through a firewall, and then enters the reverse proxy for authentication before retrieving the data from the internal file transfer servers. This blocks clients from determining where the information is coming from, making it harder for hackers to get through to the main servers and steal crucial company data. In fact, accidental deletion, viruses and other disasters have affected a whopping 70% of businesspeople, making reverse proxies even more critical for protective reasons.
  • File Compression. One of the main advantages of using a reverse proxy is its ability to truncate large file requests as they come in from clients. In other words, the information that enters the system is translated into smaller bits than in which it was originally requested. This decreases the loading time, because the bandwidth is reduced significantly. Consequently, when the information reaches the back-end servers, they are able to respond to the request quickly, and the reverse proxy re-compresses the information, sending back out to the client in a more timely fashion.
  • Balanced Load. At any given time, there could be a number of requests streaming in from clients who need access to data from internal servers. What a reverse proxy does is take the requests and distribute them to the appropriate servers. This also helps balance the load of requests shuffled through, so that no server is overloaded. Excessive incoming requests to a dedicated server could cause severely slow loading times. This is one of the most widely-known uses of a reverse proxy.
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JSCAPE MFT Gateway 3.0 Released

Posted by Van Glass on Tue, Jun 03, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

JSCAPE is pleased to announce the release of JSCAPE MFT Gateway 3.0.  This release is a major upgrade from previous versions adding several improvements to the clustering module, support for additional protocols, caching of HTTP/S content, and the ability to reverse proxy services without opening any inbound ports to your internal networks.

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Topics: News, JSCAPE MFT Gateway, Security, Reverse Proxy, Load Balancing

JSCAPE products not affected by Heartbleed vulnerability

Posted by Van Glass on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

The Heartbleed vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160) was recently made public and has been known to affect a large number of applications (client and server) utilizing the OpenSSL library and SSL/TLS.  This vulnerability potentially exposes sensitive information stored in memory normally protected by SSL/TLS such as private encryption keys and user credentials.

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Topics: News, JSCAPE MFT Server, JSCAPE MFT Gateway, JSCAPE MFT Monitor

What is OpenID?

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Mon, Apr 07, 2014 @ 11:48 AM

Overview

Web SSO support comes to JSCAPE MFT Server in the form of two widely accepted standards: OpenID and SAML. Earlier this month, we already talked about SAML. So now it's time to get acquainted with OpenID.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, Security

JSCAPE MFT Server Plugin for Outlook 3.0 Released

Posted by Van Glass on Thu, Apr 03, 2014 @ 12:42 PM

JSCAPE is pleased to announce the latest release of JSCAPE MFT Server Plugin for Outlook. This version (3.0) includes several improvements, the most notable being added support for Outlook 2013 and the ability to perform ad-hoc file transfers using either of the available REST or WebDAV services in JSCAPE MFT Server.

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Topics: News, Ad-Hoc File Transfers, JSCAPE MFT Server Plugin for Outlook, JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer

What is SAML?

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 @ 02:29 PM

Overview

Since version 8.8, JSCAPE MFT Server (now at v9.1) has already supported SAML Web SSO. Although we introduced SSO and its benefits in previous posts, we never went into the details of specific Web SSO standards like SAML and OpenID (another supported Web SSO). But in order to take advantage of any of our Web single sign-on features, you'll need to have at least some basic understanding of each of these two standards. Today, you can start with SAML.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, Security

JSCAPE MFT Monitor 3.0 Released

Posted by Van Glass on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 @ 04:55 PM

JSCAPE is pleased to announce the release of JSCAPE MFT Monitor 3.0. This release includes several enhancements, the most important of which is a new web based interface. The web based interface eliminates the need to install client software allowing users to manage JSCAPE MFT Monitor from anywhere using modern web browsers. Additional enhancements in this release include:

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Topics: Managed File Transfer, JSCAPE MFT Monitor

How to Perform an Android File Transfer

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Overview

In a previous post, we taught you how to set up an Android file transfer service on JSCAPE MFT Server as well as how to install and configure its client app on an Android device. However, we never went into the details of an actual upload and download process. This post should take care of that.

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Topics: Ad-Hoc File Transfers, JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, Mobile

How to Set Up a Web File Transfer

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Sat, Feb 15, 2014 @ 02:55 PM

Overview

In this post, you'll learn how to set up a web-based file transfer service using JSCAPE MFT Server. A web file transfer will allow your users to perform file transfers without having to install a file transfer client. To upload or download files, they'll just need to fire up their favorite Web browser like Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer, enter the web server's URL, and login to the interface.

This article was updated on Feb 19, 2015

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, File Transfer Clients, Tutorials, Secure File Transfer

5 Big Business Benefits of Using SSO (Single Sign-On)

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 11:44 AM

Overview

Although it's been around for quite a while, Single Sign-On or SSO has just started gaining widespread adoption. But it's spreading real fast. In fact, if you surf the Web everyday, I bet you've seen many websites inviting you to login using one of these ...

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Topics: Managed File Transfer, Cloud Computing, SaaS