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Secure File Sharing

Originally Published on Siegemedia.com

 

File sharing is a good place to start when it comes to promoting cooperation across your team. You can select who has access to which files, and those you choose as contributors can view the data from anywhere — provided they have an Internet connection. Because of this, employees can work the same project at the same time, even if they’re across the country.

While there are many benefits associated with file sharing, such as simplicity and centralization of information, it is important to take heed of the risks.

Some online apps for file sharing require that the firewall, a security system that monitors digital traffic, be shut down. This not only leaves your network open to viruses and bugs, but could potentially lead to the physical, though likely unintentional, download of malware. Other risks include accidentally downloading copyrighted material or storing internal files in a public data house.

There are several file sharing platforms, so how do you know which service is right for your business? Jump to the infographic below for pros and cons regarding different services.

 

In addition to multiple platforms, there are also various types of file sharing:

  • File transfer protocol programs (FTP): This system allows users to access sensitive files if they have the password. Public sharing and public passwords are also available.
  • Peer-to-peer networks: Instant messaging networks provide peers with means to communicate and share files without a central server.
  • Removable storage media: While this method does require hardware other than the computer, such as a flash drive, it is still a viable way to share files.
  • Online file sharing services: This service is similar to the file system already on your computer, but it allows you to access files that were uploaded elsewhere.

 

If you’re interested in implementing file sharing in your business, this infographic from Panda Security explains 10 options and tips in addition to file sharing statistics.

 

And I also attached the infographic as a PNG, let me know if that’s okay! Let me know if there is anything else I can provide for you. Thanks so much and I look forward to your post!

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