Admit it—you don’t believe in file sync. And why would you? You need to have
copies locally and in the cloud. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of using the cloud?
(Yes it does). After all, file storage is not the same thing as file backup, and all sync
does is provide file storage. So why not go with a more direct-to-cloud solution so
that you don’t have to store your data on your local device if you want to use the
cloud. In today’s business world, everything is about efficiency. That’s why WebDAV
is one of the best file management solutions available—you have direct access to the
cloud from what effectively acts like a local folder, without actually having to house
anything locally. You don’t have to wait around to synchronize changes; you can
make change in real time on documents that are actually housed on the cloud.
But there’s a problem with WebDAV - and that problem's name is security. But with the efforts at place within
DriveHQ, security soon will not be a problem. DriveHQ, already providing the most complete enterprise WebDAV
solution, has taken it another step up by allowing WebDAV users to use an
encrypted folder feature. Effectively, you will be prompted for an encryption key
any time you try to access data via WebDAV. With all data automatically encrypted
in transit, this will allow you to keep files at rest in the cloud to also stay encrypted.
WebDAV has always been about convenience. After all, when you map a drive,
you’re accessing the cloud through what functionally appears to be a local folder.
The one thing WebDAV has always been lacking in is security. And that’s why we’re
glad you found DriveHQ.
Our newest version of the WebDAV Drive Mapping tool will allow users to setup a
mapped drive that takes advantage of our encrypted folder feature. As of now, there
is a security feature attached with WebDAV—SSL encryption during uploads and
downloads from the mapped drive. This new feature will allow all files uploaded via
WebDAV to remain encrypted in the mapped drive folder. Currently, even with the
encryption during transfer feature, files are decrypted as they are placed in the
What really makes this technology so impressive is that this has been a longstanding
problem with WebDAV—which was not created by DriveHQ, but rather by
Microsoft. The problem, of course, being that you simply could not securely use
WebDAV in the same way that you can securely upload and download files with, say,
Why not? We are dedicated to serving the enterprise. The enterprise has always
demanded speed. WebDAV delivers that. The problem with enterprises is that many
are much older than this technology, and implementation takes time. Not to
mention, with how new this industry is, developers are working out the kinks on
many cloud related offerings. Basically, what I’m getting at is we have been in a bit
of a trial period, in the grand scope of this industry’s history, and we have
discovered something: security is very easy to get around. And that is the longer
answer to why we made the change. We’ve already optimized WebDAV to be the
fastest and most efficient method of transferring files (based on a day-to-day
workload). Now, it’s about making it even safer.
Effectively, we will be taking the security of the Encrypted Folder feature, currently
available through FileManager, and applying it to our WebDAV offering. So, what
exactly is the Encrypted Folder then? Well, it’s fairly simple. A security key is
generated on the user end, and is never transferred from the user end. That means
that your files are encrypted before they are transferred, and remain encrypted
while sitting in the Encrypted Folder. And what is the only way to decrypt them?
With the key, that is held locally. Yep, you guessed it, that means even we cannot
access your files. Colloquially, you may know this as “client-side encryption.”
Besides better security is anything really different? The answer is no. The same
WebDAV service that you have been using will not change as far as setting up the
drive, or accessing the drive. You will still be able to use our WebDAV tool or our
mapping URL if you prefer Windows Explorer.
Do you have a lot of small files that you and many other coworkers access on a
regular basis? If so, may be the solution for you. This is the most secure way of
collaborating with many other users on files with direct and easy access.