Silo just got even better. And now there’s a version for you.

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Every week we seem to learn of a new online breach or privacy overstep that exposes our information. Typical post-breach advice ends up being a banal and impractical list of things that most users ignore. But a shift seems to be underway. The regularity of malicious exploits coupled with revelations of unreasonable activity tracking has sparked renewed interest for a practical way of securing online accounts and maintaining privacy.

Silo for Teams

So far, we’ve targeted our Silo browser at businesses. Silo for Teams provides a secure browser in the cloud for business users to access the most sensitive company accounts. I was talking to a CFO recently who put it like this; “Silo addresses the elephant in the room when it comes to cloud apps. My users have the URLs and logins for all our online accounts. They can come in from any browser on any device over any network to access them. So protecting my data is a fools errand. Essentially there is nothing I can control in this equation”.

That’s the beauty of Silo. It’s the missing link for controlling web apps across a team. The browser is built from scratch in a secure sandbox in the cloud. Users login securely using any device over any network to see sensitive web content running behind a pane. Web apps are isolated from exploits and all web code is contained within Silo. Administrators can centrally manage login details to provide secure single-sign on, as well as control use by setting browsing policies, access restrictions, data download rules and more. We’re seeing adoption across a wide variety of segments including financial services, healthcare, legal and manufacturing.

But the Silo story doesn’t end there. And the past few months have been a realization of this fact. In the process of selling to business customers, we kept hearing a common question at the end of meetings. Is there a version of this for my personal use too? The answer was yes — but the experience didn’t quite speak to the individual user. So we decided to fix it.

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Silo for Individuals

We are launching Silo for Individuals, a version of Silo that’s geared for you and me. At it’s simplest level, using Silo makes it easy for users to do the right things when it comes to web security:

  • A freshly built cloud browser ensures an always sterile environment for your key accounts.
  • A custom protocol and encrypted connection removes the risk of data compromise whenusing public hotspots at coffee shops, airports and elsewhere.
  • A central password store makes it practical to have unique and complex passwords for each account.

There’s also a privacy angle for those times when you value anonymity on the web. With Silo, your device isn’t exposed to the internet at all. Websites you visit can’t see your IP address, and your device remains free of any browsing history or cookies. Session information lives only temporarily on our servers while you browse, and it’s completely destroyed at session end.

Over the past year, we’ve had thousands of individuals from around the globe sign-up for Silo. From today — these users will get a more focused and streamlined experience. Silo for Individuals will be offered starting at $10 per month. What’s more, both versions have been designed to dovetail. Within Silo for Individuals, you can click on the Teams icon at at any time to reveal the group management capabilities.

If you’re an existing user, here is a roundup of the changes plus a video of the product highlights. You can also read our press release.

If you’re new to Silo, signup up for a 30-day, risk-free trial at www.authentic8.com/get.

Ramesh Rajagopal - Ramesh is Co-Founder and President of Authentic8. Before, he was VP Corporate Development at Postini, heading up strategic planning and business development until its acquisition by Google in 2007.

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