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Information Today – Zoho Debuts Two Online Tools for Businesses

Information Today

June 6, 2013

Zoho Corp. Pvt. Ltd. recently introduced two new business productivity tools: Zoho Vault for managing passwords and Zoho Pulse for the social network.

Zoho Vault stores businesses’ passwords in a secure central repository. It features a one-click login to websites and password sharing between colleagues. Users can log in to outside websites by clicking on the connection to the desired site from inside Zoho Vault. Colleagues who share passwords can decide on each person’s level of access, and those settings can be changed to add or subtract new members. Other features include password grouping, the ability to transfer password ownership if a user leaves the company, and secure access to saved passwords while offline.

“Organizations are drowning in a sea of passwords … because passwords are still the dominant form of user authentication,” says Raju Vegesna, Zoho evangelist. “Zoho Vault solves these password problems” because it is simple and secure. Submitted passwords are encrypted, and the password used to access Zoho Vault is stored on a separate server so that all of the information exchanged is private.

Zoho Vault is available for the iPhone as a free personal edition for one user and as an enterprise edition for unlimited users at a monthly subscription rate.

Zoho Pulse is a private social network for businesses that want to improve collaboration. It is accessible online and as an app for iPhones and Android phones.

Having a private, companywide source for interaction can “serve as a virtual water-cooler and keep employees informed,” says Vegesna. Zoho Pulse has the features of typical social media sites: a main newsfeed for topic discussions (called an activity stream), a notification center, group discussions that can be restricted to specific members, user profiles and contact information, private messaging, and the ability to follow others’ posts. In addition, users can access other Zoho applications such as Zoho Docs directly from the social network.

Zoho Pulse is available as a subscription, which includes the app purchase and 500MB of file storage per user. The free edition does not support groups.

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