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How Secure is Browser Based Rental Software?

Posted by Adam Zippin on Nov 21, 2013 3:57:00 PM

Browser based, the cloud, web storage, and more are words that seem to paint the picture of a secret file cabinet hidden by location, not security.  Barefoot boasts a browser based vacation rental software system as one of the main selling points and recently, the question of security has come from a few prospective clients.  It’s time to set the record straight and assure you that browser based software is very secure and does not need questioning.

Keyboard Security ButtonWhy am I so sure about this?  Several reasons and I will detail them for you in this blog.  First off, the location of your information is worth discussing.  With traditional software, your information is stored on your laptops, desktops, or other physical devices.  These devices are much easier to steal, or simpler, misplace than a web storage platform.  Our browser based software is hosted by QTS, a company who makes it their sole job to securely store your data.

Mentioning QTS brings me to my second point.  Security.  What is security like at your office? I assume you have some alarm system to prevent theft but if someone wanted your items (i.e. computers, phones, and tangible goods) your data would also be lost.  Web storage adds another layer to the protection of your data, a layer that itself is very well secured.

Taking your items one step further, we must mention disasters like fire or flood.  Any of these could easily wipe out your systems.  Now floods and fires don't happen frequently enough, but power outages do.  If you have a traditional software system and a power outage, business effectively stops.  Our clients can run their business from anywhere with internet access.

Now that we have affirmed that your data is secure, let’s dive into some other benefits of browser based software:

Updates- Your system can be updated constantly because there is no physical piece needed.  

System Install- Imagine never needing to install software or programs again but instead just enter a url.  Every computer you could purchase will now come pre-loaded with your system.

Accountability- Using accounts and passwords, it is easy to log who has logged in, made changes, or edited the system.  This means more security and accountability with your staff.

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If in the end you still feel some unwavering questions about the security of a browser based system just look at businesses today.  Sites like Google, Barefoot, and many many more all use the web based systems they preach.  These companies have as much at stake with the system as you, the user do so trust in them.  They are there with you using the same system and ensuring the same level of security for any and all users.  If you have any more questions about the security of a browser based system, please reach out to us and we would be happy to discuss it further.


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