App of the Week: TappIn

After news of Dropbox’s security breach and PogoPlug’s device recall, cloud enthusiasts are searching for a way to access their data securely from any computer. TappIn has a solution.

For just a dollar a month, TappIn allows you to store files, photos, and even music in the cloud, allowing you to access them from anywhere. This type of content access is in high demand from users tired of carting jump drives and external hard drives around. With hardware, users always run the risk that the device will malfunction or they will misplace it, resulting in a potential loss of valuable data. By putting data in the cloud, a user can be certain that data will always be there, backed up on a corporate server and accessible at any time.

For small businesses, TappIn provides the ability to access work files from home, hotel rooms while traveling, or conference rooms during meetings. Anywhere you have Internet access, the files you’ve stored with TappIn will be available to you. But unlike other cloud file-sharing services, TappIn never automatically removes files from your computer. With SecureShare, TappIn puts your files on a secure server, with an encrypted pathway for an additional layer of security.

Even better news for small businesses—TappIn integrates with, the top software for sales and marketing professionals. This integration allows your sales team to access from home, in meetings, or while preparing for a meeting in a hotel room. With the ability to access files stored on work computers, your sales force will never be stranded without a much-needed file again.

With its CloudCaching, TappIn allows you to pre-set items to be removed from the cloud at designated times. Pin important content to the cloud to make sure it stays put. By setting up restrictions on who else can see the content you post to TappIn, you take control of your security. You can also post expiration dates for your TappIn content, as well as set up instructions for it to be removed after designated parties have viewed it.

If you’re concerned about compatibility, TappIn works with the iPhone, Android, and Windows 7 operating systems for devices, as well as the Mac, Windows, and Linux OS. TappIn supports six languages in addition to English—French, Italian, German, Spanish, Standard Chinese, and Simplified Chinese—helping TappIn as smartphone technology goes global.

With TappIn’s professional plans, you’ll have unlimited file transfers, allowing you to even transfer large files over TappIn’s network. You’ll also be able to link multiple devices on these plans.

TappIn is so valuable, it recently won the Tech Awards Circle for Best Consumer/SOHO Software. “Despite strong competition, TappIn exhibited industry excellence and placed in the top of the Tech Awards Circle,” Kevin Anderson, who coordinated the awards program, said.

Formerly HomePipe Networks, TappIn leads the industry for providing digital content for mobile users. A free lite edition with very limited features is available at for businesses who would like to try out its functionality before investing, but one only needs visit the Buzz section of this week’s App of the Week to see that the product is very well received.


About Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.

  • Grant Wickes (@gwickes)

    Hi Stephanie: Thanks for sharing this information. I have used Dropbox… has its merits. But one of the things I don’t like is having to create a separate folder to store things in before they synch in the cloud. 

    I am using many (I almost think way too many :-)) input devices (office laptop, personal MacBook Air, home desktop computer, iPad, iPhone…) and keeping all the files synched is a nightmare (and getting worse).

    I will look into this service, but do you know how the structure is setup (ie can I avoid setting up an unique folder on the devices) 

    Cheers, Grant