Family iBoard Press Release - May 30, 2012

 iBoard Unveils Family iBoard, First Private Social Network for Families – Securely Connecting Families For All Generations
“No advertising” model protects privacy, security

PENNINGTON NJ – May 30, 2012 – Privacy, security, no advertising – these are the hallmarks of a social network whose time has arrived.

Consumer trust issues with public social networks make a strong case for private networks where data and content is truly private. For many people, family personal data, content and communication is meant for family only -- not to be shared or sold to outside companies.

Offering the chance to share information strictly with family, The Family iBoard®, launching today, is a first-of-its-kind desktop, and soon to be mobile application, that provides families with a truly private social network to share digital content with family members only. Designed specifically for family-oriented sharing, the Family iBoard features and functionality help family members better communicate, share and preserve content with other family members and loved ones, safely and securely on a truly private and protected network.

“Until now, families have lacked a way to privately share all the kinds of information, physical items and pictures that families tend to care about most. Other social networks put this content at risk and people realize that,” said Christopher Gentile, founder and CEO of iBoard. “With the Family iBoard we’re giving family members an easy and safe way to keep in touch.”

The Family iBoard is a truly secure and closed network, with no advertising or sharing of personal data with outside companies. All content posted is under complete control of the author. Other popular social networks, even with privacy settings in place, offer no guarantee that content shared is truly private. For example, a photo that is shared with an approved “friend” can be easily saved by this friend and then shared within and outside the network.

Security and Privacy
The Family iBoard encrypts all content, making it viewable only within the password-protected Family iBoard. Only if an authorized family member specifically grants download permission can any content be saved.  The Family iBoard even disables the "print screen" function to further prevent family items from being shared outside of the family’s network. Uploaded photos and keepsakes will never be accessible or viewable by strangers. 

iBoard's Cloud Network Storage helps guarantee to the subscribers that their content will always be available to pass down from generation to generation.

All Family iBoard content is hosted by PEER 1 Hosting, one of the world's leading IT hosting providers. With PEER 1 Hosting’s global 10Gbps FastFiber Network™ that is safe and secure, Family iBoard users will have access to their Family’s private network anywhere, anytime -- and fast.

How Families Communicate, Generation to Generation
The Family iBoard lets family members personalize each network according to the content they want to share. 

  • The Family Calendar keeps track of all of your family's events from weddings to birthdays to spur-of-the-moment gatherings.
  • The Family News section lets family members create news articles to share with family no matter where they are in the world.
  • The Family Gallery is the ultimate family scrapbook for your entire family no matter where in the world they live, with the confidence of knowing your private content will never be accessible or viewable by strangers. 
  • Uniquely, the Family Library is a “digital safe” to store and share family keepsakes, recipes and stories, to be handed down from generation to generation.  The library contains a true history timeline feature. The timeline feature documents a family member's personal history, based on information and content uploaded into the Family iBoard. Any member of the family’s network can add timeline data for content they upload, and it will be included in the timeline of each family member "tagged" in that content.

The Family iBoard is available via a free 30-day trial. After the trial period, there is a one-time Private Family Network set-up fee of $19.99, which includes 15 GB of storage and an additional 10 GB for every active member in the network.  The yearly membership cost is $7.99 for each Family iBoard member.

iBoard technologies have been in use since 2004 by over 5.5 million users, and utilized by many companies such as Lexus, Ameriprise Financial, MTV Networks, Honda, DirecTV, Best Buy Target, all of the major record labels, and many more.

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About iBoard
iBoard Inc. desktop and mobile applications represent next generation social network platform, bringing true privacy and security for both users and data while delivering custom features and functionality to meet each specific market and client needs. iBoard® products include proprietary and patent pending technologies that improve user functionality, interaction and customization, while maintaining high levels of security and privacy.

The iBoard array of applications includes Custom iBoards® which are designed and licensed for business, organizational and consumer use. Business to Business  iBoards® have been utilized by Lexus, Ameriprise Financial, Country Music Television and others for communication, content distribution, training, production and creative. Consumer iBoards® have been utilized for ongoing B2C communication by companies, such as MTV Networks, Cablevision, DirecTV, Best Buy, Comcast, and Bell South, to deliver and distribute exclusive content to promote viewership and the acquisition of new products.



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