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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Secure FTP File Sharing
Martin Horan

By: Martin Horan on August 7th, 2015

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Secure FTP File Sharing

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secure FTP file sharingFile sharing has exploded in popularity in the last several years across a wide range of different industries. By allowing you to quickly share even the largest of files between any two points using an active Internet connection, the possibilities regarding your own productivity are practically limitless. It is now possible to be just as productive at home as you can be in the office. These benefits should not come at the expense of security, however, which is why secure FTP file sharing is so important. 

User Access

One of the major benefits that secure FTP file sharing brings to the table is one of user access. From the moment you start using it, you are provided with granular access rights for all of your users that are easily enforced with the click of a button. You can deny permissions to certain files based on employees who shouldn't have access to them in the first place, allowing you to make sure that this sensitive data doesn't fall into the wrong hands - even if those hands are within your company.

Logs and Analytics

Another important feature of secure FTP file sharing has to do with the logs and analytics you can instantly generate. You can see who is uploading files, who is accessing files, what changes they're making, when they're making them and more - allowing you to get a deeper level of understanding regarding how your employees are using the service.

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Encryption

Another option that secure FTP file sharing brings with it is one of encryption. Data is essentially scrambled before, during and after transportation, making sure that a device without the right authentication key won't be able to access it. Even if a malicious user does intercept a file while it's being sent over the Internet, they won't be able to gain access to the mission critical data hidden inside.

Secure FTP vs. the Cloud

Though FTP and cloud-based file sharing operate on similar principles, they are actually quite different in many ways. FTP allows you a much deeper level of security, for example, allowing you to deny permissions based on things like IP address, country of origin and more. Typical cloud file sharing, on the other hand, actually allows one recipient to give access to another recipient. There is too much control in the hands of the end user and not enough control reserved for IT administrators. If someone shares a file with another person, all of that information is essentially compromised.

These are just a few of the many reasons why businesses all over the globe are switching to secure FTP file sharing solutions. It's a decision that brings with it the peace of mind that only comes with knowing that your digital presence is well maintained and protected at all times.

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About Martin Horan

Founder of FTP Today and an expert in secure file transfer and Internet protocols. A software and IT geek since a young age, Martin has successfully led his companies through the digital age by spotting market niches and filling them with quality IT services.

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