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Why Enterprise Companies are Choosing FTP File Sharing
Martin Horan

By: Martin Horan on May 15th, 2015

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Why Enterprise Companies are Choosing FTP File Sharing

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FTP File SharingIf you are looking for an efficient way to share files with co-workers, FTP File sharing is the solution. FTP is an acronym that stands for File Transfer Protocol. It is commonly used by businesses throughout the world that need to share files between networked computers. The files to be shared are uploaded to a main server. Those who are permitted access can download these files to their computers by way of an FTP client.

Why Upgrade to FTP File Sharing

FTP is more efficient than attaching files to e-mails as it is more scalable. It is quite convenient to use the server as a hub that all pertinent parties can access to quickly download documents. FTP has a fairly easy to use design with structured folders and files that are nicely organized. When a file is attached to an e-mail, there is no way to confirm that it was successfully transmitted until the receiving party sends a follow-up message. Alternatively, when you download a file through a FTP transfer, there is no question surrounding the transmission and delivery.

Emailing attachments is also not secure when compared to file sharing with FTP. Email transfers place copies of the message and attachments on multiple mail servers. There is really no way to tell who may have access to an email message, such as mail administrators of the sender or recipient’s Internet provider.

A Safe Way to Share Information

While the older version of FTP was not very secure and allowed third parties to “listen” in on the file transfers, difficult as that may be, today's version (FTPS) is as safe as it gets. FTPS now functions with SSL-encrypted connections. Pertinent parties can share information through Transport Layer Security (TLS) and/or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocols to encrypt every single transmission. The added security measures prevent unauthorized parties from accessing your sensitive business documents. You can use FTP in full confidence, without the fear of your information falling into the wrong hands. Although there are alternative file sharing solutions on the market, none has the track record, evolutionary history or friendly user experience design that is provided by FTP. Older file transfer services and most of the modern day competitors do not meet the industry's safety standards. These programs leave users' files vulnerable to unauthorized parties who likely have malicious intentions.

Features of FTP File Sharing

FTP provides a number of service access features that other services lack.  These include service access niceties like multi-user SFTP, SFTP with key authentication, the ability to enable or disable specific protocols, user level IP address/protocol restrictions, a system wide IP blacklist and the ability to restrict access by country.  FTP also provides folder access permissions that competitors do not.  Some examples are the ability to prevent visibility of non-assigned folders, upload permission, download permission, delete permission, list directory permission and more.  FTP even out-competes other file sharing services in terms of user types and roles, event triggers, branding options and auditing features.

Conclusion

If you are still sending file attachments via e-mail, upgrade to FTP to save time and effort. FTP really is the most efficient and secure means of sending important files to multiple parties. FTP has the potential to ramp up your business's productivity and it represents the future of file sharing in the workplace.

Key Takeaways

  • FTP empowers workers to share files securely, quickly and easily.
  • FTP is a more efficient way to share files than constantly attaching documents to e-mails.
  • FTP has a convenient central hub that all relevant parties can access to upload or download important documents around the clock.

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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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