Linoma Adds Outlook Plug-In to MFT Software
August 7, 2012 Alex Woodie
If you know how to use Microsoft Outlook, then you can send a document over the Internet in a secure manner. With last week’s release of GoAnywhere Services version 2.8, Linoma Software has added an Outlook 2010 plug-in within the Secure Mail component of the managed file transfer (MFT) solution.
Linoma launched Secure Mail earlier this year to provide a quick and easy way to access its MFT capabilities, particularly in ad hoc scenarios. The software, which is a component of its GoAnywhere Services MFT solution, allows users to send documents securely through email.
Secure Mail works by stripping out documents attached to an email and replacing them with an HTTPS link (featuring randomly generated text in the URL). To open the attachment, the recipient clicks on the link, and is taken to a secure Web page where he can download the document; optionally, the user can be required to enter a password. The slick part about the software is it keeps a full log of activity on the MFT server, while preserving email-specific functions, like read notifications and distribution to multiple recipients.
The email functions get slicker with the Microsoft Outlook 2010 plug-in that shipped last week with GoAnywhere Services 2.8. Previously, Linoma offered generic support for SMTP, POP3, and IMAP email protocols. With the plug-in in play, the integration between the popular email program and Linoma’s MFT gets deeper and the product gets easier to use.
The new plug-in presents the Outlook 2010 user with several buttons to control functions, such as attaching files and sending secure mail. Administrators can also configure the software to automatically send any email with large attachments via Secure Mail, even if the user just presses Outlook’s regular “send” button.
The updated Secure Mail also allows Outlook users to monitor the progress of their file uploads from the “secure mail outbox” folder. After the file has been transmitted to the GoAnywhere Services server, a receipt is returned and stored in Outlook’s Sent Items folder. As in the first release of the product, all activity from the Outlook plug-in is logged in the GoAnywhere Services audit logs.
Linoma Software’s chief architect Bob Luebbe says the feedback the company has received since Secure Mail launched earlier this year has been “overwhelmingly positive.” “They’re relieved that the Secure Mail module gives them more security and better auditing related to ad-hoc file transfers, especially in industries where compliance regulations are strict. Adding the convenience of the Outlook plug-in is big plus for these users.”
Linoma’s GoAnywhere products run natively on a number of platforms, including IBM i, Unix, Windows, Linux, and Linux for z/OS. The products support an array of protocols (FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, SMTP, POP3, and IMAP); support encryption capabilities; queues jobs for execution on servers; and keep an audit trail of all activities.
Secure Mail is available with GoAnywhere Services, one of two primary versions of the GoAnywhere line. GoAnywhere Services was developed to give organizations an easy way to allow their trading partners to initiate file transfers on their own, through a simple Web browser interface. The more-expensive GoAnywhere Director product offers some additional capabilities not found in GoAnywhere Services, including support for PGP and AES encryption, file conversion capabilities, and the capability to do direct database connections.