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Video: Watch how SecureForm Makes Form Processing Easy and Secure

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014


LuxSci SecureForm is an easy way to add or enhance security and functionality to online forms you use to collect important information.

With a few clicks and a change of only 1-2 lines of your forms, you can receive the form data via secure email in a wide range of formats, save it to a LuxSci Documents WebAide (encryption optional) for future access, upload it to your own FTP or SFTP site, and/or send it directly to a MySQL database. You can even receive notifications via email or text message when new submissions arrive!  SecureForm has many other great features such as Ink Signatures for contract signing and Spam blocking.

Find out how it works in just a few minutes:

Watch Video: SecureForm Overview


Simplified FTP/SFTP Management of WordPress, Joomla, and other CMS-based web sites

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Most modern content management systems (CMS) for web sites, like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc., are PHP-based.  So, when these sites are run by the web server, they generally run with as the web server server for maximum speed/performance.*

This is all well and good, and LuxSci supports easily bulk assigning ownership of your site files to the “web server” so that these content management systems, running as the web server, can upload new files, modify files in your web site file space, etc.

It all works well and easily …. until you want to also manage these files via FTP or SFTP.  In general, when one uses FTP or SFTP to connect, your session is owned by the user that you are logging into FTP or SFTP with … and that is not the “web server”. This causes problems:

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Protect your LuxSci Account with Two-Factor Authentication and Other Barriers

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Two-Factor Authentication (supposedly patented by Kim DotCom)– using a password plus “something else” to gain access to your account and to prevent lost, stolen, or guessed passwords from impacting you — is finally becoming fashionable.

First, it was a cool idea, then some places such as LuxSci started supporting it, but it was rarely used due to people not wanting to bother with an extra step to login to their accounts.  Now, with Twitter adding 2-factor authentication to help stem the tide of account compromises, security is now fashionable.

This turn about is really fantastic as it brings security consciousness much more into the mainstream — so much so that popular Radio hosts are talking on the air about how to secure accounts.  This can only be good for the adoption of better security practices overall and a decrease in compromises due to laziness … and in cases like HIPAA, laziness can be a terrible thing.

In this post, we’ll go over how to secure your LuxSci account against intrusion using Two Factor authentication and other methods.

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If you are using FTP, you should really stop!

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

FTP, the “File Transfer Protocol” has been around almost since the inception of the Internet.  As anyone with a web site knows, it permits files to be easily uploaded to and downloaded from servers.  It is built into every kind of web site authoring software and even into most web browsers.

Unfortunately, FTP suffers from the same design flaw that pervades the basic usage of email services like POP, IMAP, and SMTP.  If used in its default form, all data sent between your computer and the server is sent unencrypted, in “plain text”.  This includes your username, your password, and all file data.

Essentially, if you are in a wifi hotspot, anyone there can likely get your username and password and read your files.   Similar things can happen even though your direct or or office network connections …. connecting via FTP is like walking down the hall with your username and password taped to your forehead.  Any one (or any hidden camera) can see it and use it.

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What’s Happening With My Account? – Account Status Reports

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Customers often want to know what is happening and why – and rightly so!

Many of the Support requests we receive involve tracking down information in logs and determining why certain things happen the way that they do.  Invariably, there is no real “issue”, just a need to clarify what is happening and why so that email filters, program settings, web site marketing, and other factors can be adjusted properly.

Over the years, LuxSci has frequently added self service reporting tools to its user and administrative interfaces.  Customers are empowered to determine for themselves on their own time schedule many things that were previously the purview of senior Support.

In this article, we review many of the reporting options available to customer accounts … as most people, even existing long time customers, may not be aware of the full scope of what is actually available to them.

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