File servers used to be a way for users to share information within the organization, typically within the same building. Businesses of all sizes use Windows File Server or Public Cloud Storage to meet this requirement. Times, however, have changed and the need to collaborate continues to increase encompassing more users and locations. Traditional file servers can no longer keep pace with these demands.
Traditional File Servers Are Not Good Enough
The most common file server solutions available on the market are Windows File Server and Public Cloud Storage. Both have their drawbacks.
A Windows File Server does not provide native offsite access. Forcing users through a virtual private network (VPN) to a centralized server can significantly slow down performance. In addition, this does not always deliver maximum security. Collaboration among colleagues also becomes difficult. In addition, sharing files with third parties is difficult, because email attachment has a size limitation.
Public Cloud Storage might seem like a very good idea at this point. However, such services often have a high subscription fee attached to them. In addition, there is no integration between Public Cloud Storage and Windows File Server, forcing users to maintain two copies of the same file.
Performance is increasingly a critical element in file server consideration, both to meet user expectations and the very real demands of applications that interact with network shares. The cloud, however, causes a challenge in meeting this very requirement of next-generation file servers – high performance. In addition, with any cloud storage proposition, you will be letting a third party hold all your data.
Why Synology’s NAS Solutions?
Today, you can use a Synology NAS to cure your capacity, backup, and DR pain, while meeting compliance requirements and saving IT budget. Synology’s NAS appliance delivers a wide range of features, including, ease of use and deployment, extraordinary value, and heterogeneous connectivity using common protocols.
In addition, to collaborate and share files across teams or locations while also considering data governance and privacy, Synology combines the flexibility of the cloud with the control of on-premises file services. Synology’s DSM provides fast and secure ways to share your critical digital assets.
By using a wide range of Synology’s NAS solutions, you can use up to 180 drives in total, thus creating petabytes of raw capacity. You can migrate your files along with their domain ACL privilege settings from Windows Server to a Synology NAS. Windows AD (and Azure AD) and LDAP are supported to seamlessly work with mainstream directory services.
Quick and Easy to Setup:
Synology’s QuickConnect service allows you to easily access your NAS without the hassle of setting up DNS, IP or port forwarding. You can also access your files with mainstream browsers, mobile devices, or via FTP, WebDAV, and SMB.
Synology’s NAS solutions let you keep control of the storage capacity of shared folders by configuring user quota. System operations are well logged with the visual display of historical logs and an advanced search engine to quickly identify an event.
You can save time by letting employees recover accidentally deleted files by themselves with built-in snapshot technology and file versioning. You can also install Directory Server for Windows Domain and turn your NAS into a mixture of file and directory server.
Easily Share Files Across Multiple Platforms:
With File Station, you can share files on your Synology NAS to anyone, and customize access permissions for optimal security. File Station makes it easy to share files across multiple platforms — whether it’s Windows, macOS, and Linux computers or mobile devices.
With File Station, you can:
- Share files easily and safely: With one link, you can share files or request file uploads from others. This customizable link allows you to share it to specific users, set a password, and specify its validity period.
- Access files from anywhere: Explore and organize files using a mobile phone or tablet (Android, iOS and Windows Phone support). Files can even upload to your DiskStation or download to your devices directly.
- Centralize file access: With remote folders and public cloud storage (Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive) mounted to File Station, you can access all remote data as if stored locally.
Comprehensive Support of Networking Protocols:
Synology’s DSM comes with comprehensive support of networking protocols — FTP, SMB2, SMB3 (encrypted), AFP, NFS, and WebDAV — and provides seamless file sharing across Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. The Recycle Bin feature supported on AFP, SMB, File Station, and WebDAV, allows you to flexibly decide when to permanently remove the files, according to the different rules. With the in-depth integration of macOS Finder, you can use Finder to quickly search the content of indexed documents, photos, and more within mounted folders on your Synology NAS.
Transfer of Massive Files Made Easy:
You also get the ability to use Presto File Server for your file serving needs. Presto File Server transfers massive files through a long distance in high-speed by making the best use of your purchased bandwidth, transforming your Synology NAS into a speedy file transfer portal.
The Presto File Server offers the following advantages:
- Speedy: The SITA technology ensures maximum usage of Internet bandwidth by minimizing the impact of high latency and packet loss rate have on file transfer.
- Secure: Presto protects your credentials with TLS/TCP and secures file transfer with AES-128 encryption.
- Simple: Presto features intuitive user experience with the full support of Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms.
The Universal Search feature provides fast, accurate, and global search into your Synology NAS. With one click, it searches through your multimedia files, DSM applications, help articles, and file contents in Synology Note Station and Synology Office, offering a quick preview of matched items at the same time.
All businesses nowadays face a high demand for fast, global, and stable file exchange with customers and work partners. DSM is your ideal file server solution that provides unified support of FTP, WebDAV, CalDAV, and CardDAV services.
Synology has worked with a wide range of companies to help them handle and store their data in a much better way. One of Synology’s happy customers includes the South Africa Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity. Synology worked with SAIAB to equip them with Synology’s NAS solutions. This solution allows SAIAB to avail self-service backup and restore features, which maximises data and services’ availability. Overall, the intuitive and easy-to-use user interface greatly reduced the training required.
Andrew Grant, the IT Systems Administrator at the South Africa Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity, said, “Synology Drive introduced an unprecedented level of flexibility and control to our everyday file access. A single set of files can be retrieved via mapped network drive, sync client, web portal or mobile app. Most of the employees are in and out of the office all the time, yet they can rest assured that their data is accessible and up to date. All of these come with Synology’s scalable storage systems without subscription fees.”
How to Start?
If you are looking to switch over to Synology’s NAS solutions for your file serving needs, click here to get in touch with the company’s distributors and retailers. If you have any questions about Synology or its products and solutions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Best Vlog Phone of 2022: Here’s Why the HONOR 70 is a Content Creator’s Delight
Smartphones are slowly replacing cameras as the main equipment for videography and photography for vloggers and content creators. This is because of their compact form factor and exceptional features. It’s no secret that vlogging is a surging trend today and hence, a wide range of social media apps are available for sharing videos. Vloggers are thus constantly looking for smartphones that come packed with features that allow them to shoot the best content.
HONOR understands the requirements of vloggers and content creators today, and hence its new HONOR 70 features a whole range of new features specifically aimed at them. Read on to find out why the HONOR 70 is the Best Vlog Phone of 2022.
Solo Cut Vlog Mode
The HONOR 70 comes with the industry’s first Solo Cut Vlog Mode. This mode produces portrait vlogs that track a specific person in a group video and at the same time record two high-definition videos. This is perfect for content creators who want a full-frame video and at the same time create a portrait video focusing on one particular subject to be used on their social media channels.
The HONOR 70 features a curved Dual-Ring design that highlights the axisymmetric camera setup, drawing inspiration from the craftsmanship of jewellery design. The smartphone is very thin, sleek, and stylish, as it measures just 7.91mm in thickness, and weighs just 178 gms.
The phone also features a 6.67-inch OLED 58° Curved Display for a great viewing experience. The display supports 1.07 billion colours. It also offers a refresh rate of 120Hz, a 93.3% screen-to-body ratio, and a brightness level of 107.4 cm2. The display also offers a resolution of 1080-by-2400 pixels, an aspect ratio of 20:9, and 395-PPI of density.
Featuring a 54MP main camera sensor, the HONOR 70 debuts the Sony flagship 1/1.49-inch IMX800 camera sensor. This sensor has been designed to capture more light for brighter and more detailed pictures, especially in low light and night scenarios. The HONOR 70 Series is also equipped with a 50MP 122° Ultra-Wide camera which also doubles as a Macro Camera.
There’s also a 2 MP depth sensor offering an aperture of f/2.4. With these sensors, you can shoot 4K videos at a frame rate of 30fps, and 1080p videos at 30 or 60fps. On the front, you get a 32MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.4 for all your selfie requirements.
The HONOR 70 Series also has a best-in-class Triple-Main Camera system featuring industry-leading Computational Photography. This is powered by AI and HONOR’s proprietary imaging solution called HONOR Image Engine, which delivers stunning and high-definition images and footage in a unique and consistent style.
Under the hood, the HONOR 70 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G Mobile Platform for superior communication, gaming, audio, and more. You also get 8GB of RAM which can be further expanded by up to 2GB, thanks to HONOR’s RAM Turbo feature. In addition, there’s also 256GB of storage space onboard.
The HONOR 70 comes packed with a 4800mAh battery which also supports 66W HONOR Super Charge technology. So you don’t have to worry about running out of battery while shooting a video or producing content. You can quickly charge up the HONOR 70, thanks to the 66W HONOR Super Charge.
The Best Vlog Phone of 2022
Apart from the brilliant Solo Cut Vlog Mode, you also get a multitude of camera modes including Aperture, Night, Portrait, Multi-Video, Slow-Mo, Super Macro, Story, and more. With so many capabilities, features and strong specs, the HONOR 70 stands out from the crowd as the Best Vlog Phone of 2022.
Eight Common Facebook Marketplace Scams and How to Avoid Them
Written by Phil Muncaster, the Guest Writer at ESET
Last year, Facebook Marketplace passed one billion global users. In so doing, it’s become a giant of the consumer-to-consumer space, allowing individual Facebook users to buy from and sell to each other seamlessly. It has surpassed the popularity of Craigslist for several reasons. It’s also free and simple to use, as most people already have a Facebook account. It allows users to search for listings from their local area, making pick-up much easier. And because people can view sellers’ profiles, they feel more assured of safety and security on the site. Unfortunately, this is often a false sense of security.
One recent survey revealed that one in six (17%) respondents had been defrauded on the site. Of course, much of the commerce on this “classified-ad section” of Facebook is legitimate, but like any other online marketplace, it also attracts plenty of scammers. It’s little wonder then that the social network is having a hard time stopping the fraudsters, sometimes over-zealously blocking legitimate users while inadvertently allowing scams to slip through a combination of automated checks and human reviewers. With fake listings extending to apartment sales and car purchases, the stakes are pretty high.
That puts even greater pressure on users to understand the typical tricks that online con artists use, and what they can do to stay safe. Here are the top eight scams to watch out for on Facebook Marketplace and how to spot the red flags:
1. Defective items
Sellers may advertise a product that looks fine from the photograph they posted. But once it has been delivered, or you get it home, it turns out to be broken. It’s particularly tricky when buying electronic items, because you usually can’t toggle through every bit of functionality before handing over the money. This is as likely to happen due to an unscrupulous seller as a professional fraudster.
2. Counterfeit items
If it’s not broken, then it may be a fake product. Designer clothes, perfume, jewelry and cosmetics are particularly common targets for counterfeiting. Like defective item scams, it’s difficult to ascertain whether they’re genuine or not just from a small photo. Everyone’s looking for a bargain. But when offers seem too good to be true, they usually are.
3. Google Voice scams
Facebook Marketplace is also used to leverage other types of fraud, potentially on other platforms. In one example, the scammer agrees to buy an item. But then after taking the conversation onto a non-monitored platform like WhatsApp, they ask the seller to authenticate themselves with a verification code. In reality, the code sent to the seller’s phone is a two-factor authentication code sent by Google Voice and initiated by the fraudster. Now they are able to create an account using the seller’s phone number, which can be used in other scams. With more information still, they could attempt to open other accounts in your name or access existing ones.
Sellers can also get scammed by fraudsters on Facebook Marketplace. In one classic example, they will claim to have overpaid for an item you’re selling, and post a screenshot apparently showing the transaction. They’ll ask for the difference to be refunded. But of course, there was no original payment, and now you’re down the refund amount.
5. Non-delivery (advance fee)
A classic trick is to sell an item and collect the money but then never deliver it to the buyer. This obviously only applies to items sent from outside the buyer’s local area.
6. Fake giveaways/phishing
One way to get that additional information is to spam out giveaway offers via Facebook Marketplace. Simply by clicking on a link and filling in a bit of personal information, the victim believes they’re going to be in line for some free luxury items, crypto or other special deals. Of course, the scammers just want their personal information to commit follow-on identity fraud or theft.
7. Insurance scams
Sellers with expensive items posted to Facebook Marketplace may also be contacted by fraudulent buyers. The latter agree to pay for shipping and send over a fake invoice to ‘prove’ that they have. There’s just one catch, they need the seller to pay a small insurance charge. It may be a relatively small amount compared to the item for sale, which may persuade the seller to go along with it.
Scammers advertise what is often a high-quality product with a very tempting price tag. When you want to grab the “bargain”, that product is “gone” and you will be offered a similar item for a much steeper price or an inferior alternative.
How to spot a Facebook Marketplace scam
As with any kind of online fraud, the key for internet users is to remain sceptical and alert. Here are 10 tips to help you navigate Facebook Marketplace safely:
- Inspect items before purchasing by only buying from local sellers.
- Always meet in a public place rather than at your home, and in a well-lit area ideally during daylight hours.
- Check buyer/seller profiles for user ratings, and stay alert if profiles have been created only recently.
- Check the original price of items and if there is a significant gulf between this and the for-sale price, be alert to the fact it may be counterfeit/stolen/defective, etc.
- Beware of giveaway deals and never enter personal details to access them.
- Only use trusted payment methods via Facebook Messenger (PayPal, Facebook Checkout) as they offer a way to dispute a payment. Gift cards, wire transfers, and payments via services like Venmo and Zelle are commonly requested by fraudsters.
- Keep your conversation on Facebook – scammers like to move the conversation to another platform where they have an easier time swindling people and possibly preventing them from disputing transactions.
- Never ship items before payment has been made.
- Watch out for changes in the listing price.
- Don’t send 2FA codes to prospective buyers.
If the worst happens and you suspect fraud, you should report the seller – here’s how. As the cost-of-living crisis bites, more users than ever will be turning to online platforms like Facebook Marketplace to get hold of goods at discounted rates. Be warned: fraudsters also patrol the platform in ever-greater numbers.
ASUS Laptops for Creators Help You Take Your Content Creation Game to a Whole New Level
With content creators in mind, ASUS now offers a full range of laptops dedicated to creators. These include the ProArt Studiobook, the Zenbook Pro, and the Vivobook Pro creator laptops. This advanced ecosystem of laptops deliver performance and features that are suitable for any level of creator, from professional to hobbyist. The ProArt Studiobook laptops fulfil the extreme performance and stability needs of professional creators, who are leaders and innovators in their respective creative industries, whether they work with audiovisual content, engineering, or science.
The innovative and stylish ZenBook Pro is aimed at highly mobile advanced creators, who appreciate the latest performance-enhancing technologies. The Vivobook Pro series, meanwhile, offers great performance and features for a new generation of aspiring creators, such as social influencers, live-streamers, vloggers, young musicians, and more, who create to explore their talent and express themselves.
4K OLED HDR Displays
The creator laptop lineup from ASUS, features superb 4K OLED HDR displays across the entire range. The laptops also offer an aspect ratio of 16:10, thus offering a larger visual workspace. The lineup also includes the world’s first VESA DisplayHDR 600 True Black certified laptop displays, and these are all factory-calibrated for colour accuracy to meet the PANTONE Validated standards, with additional ASUS-first Calman Verified certification for ProArt Studiobook models.
Eye Care Displays
You also get a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, delivering ultra-vivid colours. There’s also maximum eye protection during long creative sessions. The displays are TÜV certified for eye care. Since graphics-intensive creative applications demand powerful graphics processors, ASUS’ creator laptops are validated as NVIDIA Studio laptops. NVIDIA Studio laptops feature powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX or NVIDIA RTX GPUs with real-time ray-tracing and AI-augmented features, supported by NVIDIA Studio drivers that deliver outstanding stability, maximum performance, rock-solid reliability, and wide software compatibility required by professional creators.
These professional-grade GPUs are combined with high-end components to create platforms that can deliver all the performance professional creators need. ASUS is also partnering with Adobe to offer owners of selected new ASUS creator laptops up to a three-month complimentary subscription to the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, which includes access to over 20 creative apps, 100 GB of cloud storage, Adobe Portfolio, Adobe Fonts, and more.
ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED
The ASUS ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors (W5600) or a 3rd Generation Intel Xeon workstation processor (W7600) that make light work of super-complex, heavily multithreaded photorealistic rendering, visualization, simulation, or analysis applications.
Reliable professional-grade 3D graphics processing power is provided by an NVIDIA RTX A2000 (W5600) or A5000 (W7600) Laptop GPU that blitzes through the toughest tasks, such as complex CAD models, 3D product design, or high-resolution video editing.
ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED uses powerful AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors (H5600) or Intel Core i9 (H7600) processors, with GeForce RTX 3070 (H5600) or 3060 (H7600) graphics. For outstanding driver stability, we use NVIDIA Studio Drivers to ensure maximum performance, rock-solid reliability, and wide software compatibility.
ASUS Dial is a completely new physical rotary control that lets users interact with creative apps in the most natural and immersive way possible.
This intuitive controller gives instant and precise fingertip control over parameters in compatible Adobe creative apps, including Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Photoshop Lightroom Classic, and After Effects. The new ProArt Creator Hub app is a centralized, easy-to-use control panel that allows access to many laptop settings and customizations, including ASUS Dial settings.
ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED
Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED, the recipient of a prestigious CES 2021 Innovation Award, is a high-performance 15.6-inch laptop that introduces the new tilting ASUS ScreenPad Plus, a full-width 14-inch secondary touchscreen that works seamlessly with the main touchscreen for effortless multitasking. ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED delivers outstanding performance, with up to an Intel Core i9 processor. This is combined with professional-level up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 discrete graphics to make light work of demanding creative tasks.
ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED has comprehensive high-performance I/O capabilities including two ultrafast Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports supporting up to 40 Gbps data-transfer rates along with DisplayPort functionality. The 15.6-inch Zenbook Pro 15 OLED is powered by Intel Core H-series (UX535) or AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors (UM535) processors, up to 32 GB of RAM, and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti discrete GPU for powerful on-the-go creative performance, plus up to a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SDD for ultrafast storage.
For enhanced productivity Zenbook Pro 15 OLED (UX535) includes the latest ASUS ScreenPad, a 5.65-inch secondary colour touchscreen built into the glass-covered touchpad that allows easy interaction via the new and intuitive smartphone-like ScreenXpert 2 interface.
The up to 4K OLED HDR displays in these Zenbook models share many of the same characteristics as the Studiobook series, with PANTONE Validated colour accuracy and a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, along with TÜV-certified eye care.
Vivobook Pro 14X/16X OLED
The Vivobook Pro 14X/16X OLED is the ultimate powerhouse for next-generation creativity, giving users the speed and accuracy needed to realize their creative vision, and featuring the innovative ASUS DialPad, a virtual interface on the touchpad that puts users in full control of adjustments in compatible Adobe creative software, allowing them to stay fully focused on the task at hand.
For visuals that are beyond the ordinary, there’s up to a 16-inch 4K OLED HDR 550-nit 16:10 display or a 14-inch 2.8K OLED HDR 600-nit display and the ultrawide 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut ensures vivid colours. These are the world’s first laptops to achieve VESA DisplayHDR True Black 600 certification. They are also PANTONE Validated for professional-grade colour accuracy, and TÜV Rheinland-certified for low blue-light emissions.
Impressive creative power is provided by up to 11th Generation Intel Core i7 H Series (N7400/N7600) or AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors (M7400/M7600), up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics, up to 32 GB of RAM, a dual-fan cooling system with ASUS IceCool Plus technology, and up to a 96 Wh high-capacity battery.
Vivobook Pro 14/15 OLED is powered by the latest 11th Generation Intel H Series CPU (K3400/K3500) or the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors (M3401/M3500) with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics, a dual-fan cooling system with ASUS IceCool Plus technology, 16 GB memory, a 1 TB PCIe SSD, and an ultrafast WiFi 6. The tasteful Quiet Blue and Cool Silver color options reflect a positive and diverse outlook. The convenient optional webcam shield, fingerprint sensor on the power button, and backlit keyboard ensure uncompromised productivity.
ASUS creator laptops are now available in the market.
More details on the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED: https://www.asus.com/me-en/Laptops/For-Creators/ProArt-Studiobook/ProArt-Studiobook-16-OLED-H5600-AMD-Ryzen-5000-series/
More details on the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED: https://www.asus.com/me-en/Laptops/For-Creators/ZenBook/ZenBook-Pro-Duo-15-OLED-UX582/
More details on the ASUS Vivobook Pro 16X OLED: https://www.asus.com/me-en/Laptops/For-Home/Vivobook/Vivobook-Pro-16X-OLED-M7600-AMD-Ryzen-5000-Series/
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