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Chika C Uchendu
Last Updated October 4, 2021 8:29 am

Box.com is a secure, easy-to-use content cloud storage platform built for the entire content lifecycle from file creation and sharing to co-editing, signature, classification, and retention. Box stands out for its simplicity compared to other cloud storage platforms like Amazon Web Services, Google Drive, Microsoft’s Onedrive, iCloud, and Dropbox.

Founded in 2005, its frictionless security, third-party app integration, collaborative and file-sharing tools make it the top cloud-based storage platform for small, medium, and mega-corporations. It is used by over 97,000 organizations that cut across law, retail, healthcare, media, and more. Examples include AstraZeneca, JLL, and Nationwide. Over 68% of these organizations are  Fortune 500 companies. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with branch offices across the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Asia Pacific.

Is Box.com secure?

Box uses AES 256-bit encryption (the most robust encryption standard unbreakable using brute force) in protecting users’ files. Full end-to-end encryption—which ensures not even Box itself can access users’ file, is also available as an add-on.

Two-factor authentication adds an extra security layer, ensuring that even if somehow someone manages to get a user’s login identity, they won’t still have access to their account. All file transfers, logins, and Box app installation are tracked and logged. By offering enterprise-grade security with documents encryption in transits and at rest, Box creates an optimal balance between content accessibility and security.

Does Box support third-party integrations?

Aside from its native solutions like the Box Note, Box offers integration with a vast array of third-party apps, which can help streamline workflow and save time. For instance, Box integrates with Office 365, Oracle, ServiceNow, Google’s office suite, Slack, Salesforce, Okta, Asana, Trello,  DocuSign  and more.

Box User Interface

Although the Box’s UI tends to stay minimal and basic across its various apps, it is nevertheless polished, straightforward, and simple to use. The slickness of the software extends through to the mobile apps for both Android and iOS, offering great ease of usage and file accessibility anywhere and anytime.

Box Zone

The  Box Zone allows multi-national organizations to address data residency obligations across various geographies. Whether such organizations have customers, employees, or partners in Europe, North America, Australia, or Asia, they can raise the bar for privacy and control in the cloud. Box Zone, therefore, eliminates cloud adoption barriers so that every business around the world can leverage it and get work done.

Box Relay & Box Sign

The Box Relay is a Box-native feature that allows users to automate both simple and complex tasks. Automation saves time and accelerates workflows for standardized employee onboarding, streamlined content reviews, and accelerated content approvals. Relay also tracks progress for every running workflow and can deliver exportable audits.

Another native feature, the Box Sign, offers users an seamless e-signing experience enabling them to sign vital business documents without needing to create printed documents.

Benefits of Box

Box offers businesses multiple benefits.

  • Excellent ease of usage through its beginner’s friendly interface
  • Efficient content or file protection through cloud-native security and compliance capabilities such as classification, watermarking, and granular access control.
  • Team empowerment by offering real-time collaborative tools connecting all team members irrespective of location or device used.
  • Keep users’ businesses connected to their other tech stack through the 1,400+ in-built integration. The API and developers tool extends to meet the user’s business unique needs.