What will I need? You do not need an expensive server. Any computer you can pick up from BestBuy for around $300-$400 bucks will do very nicely. Keep in mind that all your data, emails, email attachments and documents will be stored on this machine so a large hard drive (500GB+) is very important. You should also have a good backup routine. It is best practice to perform routine backups of the HoudiniEsq install folder and use Anti-virus software.
We suggest American made Anti-virus software. DO NOT use products developed outside the USA such as McAfee, Norton or *Kaspersky.
We suggest and trust PC Matic for Windows users. Remember, you will be storing your organization’s most critical information on this device, therefore, the host machine should have limited access to staff, apps, and the outside world. Your firm’s data security starts and stops with you. Follow best practices.
*If you are a solo practitioner (no other staff will be using HoudiniEsq) installing HoudiniEsq onto your personal computer or laptop is just fine. A good backup routine and American made Anti-virus software is best practice.
IMPORTANT: If you have staff and a multi-seat license (not a solo practitioner) and you plan on using an existing machine to host HoudiniEsq it is best practice to install a fresh operating system onto the device or wipe it completely clean prior to installing HoudiniEsq. The host machine should be dedicated to hosting HoudiniEsq and securing your data, nothing more.
If you want to connect to your instance of HoudiniEsq remotely via an iPad or your cell phone when on the go, working from home, a courtroom or from any PC outside your local network, then you should install HoudiniEsq onto a standalone PC in your office, not your personal laptop. Think 24/7 access.
Remote access will require a static IP address which you can obtain from your Internet Service Provider, an optional Domain Name from GoDaddy, and an SSL Certificate to secure the connection from a man in the middle attack (best practice) or forget all the hassles and sign-up for a secure HoudiniEsq Cloud account today and start right away. With a Cloud account, we manage everything for you including tiers of backups, security, updates and you always have secure 24/7 access from just about anywhere in the world.
Please note, although you will be using a Web Browser to interact with the product you are not going over the internet when connecting locally. All your data resides on the HoudiniEsq host computer regardless if you access HoudiniEsq locally or remotely.