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Secure file transfer software

Get files from here to there with less work and more data protection.

  • Understand the differences between secure, FTP and free.
  • Get the same protection for files during transfer as online banks.
  • Keep your data and your clients’ data safe when you click ‘Send.’

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Discover a better way to handle secure file transfer

When it comes to how you store or share files, you know that you need security, but what’s the best way to get it? It can be a challenge to find tools that offer the right balance of security, simplicity and professionalism.

Securely transferring files from point A to point B requires a few basics: encryption protocols, accredited data centers and proven infrastructure. And that’s true whether you are sharing files internally with co-workers or externally with clients and customers. But what does it all mean?

Let’s compare how different file-sharing tools meet your secure file transfer needs:

secure file transfer across all devices

1.  Email

    Email is universal these days, so you are comfortable using it. With a business email address and a well-placed signature, it’s also professional. So email hits the ease of use and professional check marks, but is it really the right tool for secure file transfer? When you send a normal email, there’s no encryption for the message or any attachments, which means as the data flows from your server or device to your recipient, it’s completely visible to any prying eyes.

    If you work in a regulated industry, this could mean you aren’t complying with laws or guidelines governing how you handle data. And for any industry, regulated or not, you could potentially damage your reputation by putting client or customer data at risk.

2.  FTP

    There’s a reason “As easy as FTP” never caught on as a commonly understood phrase. FTP is secure, sure. But it’s complicated and cumbersome - not just for you, but also for your clients, customers and vendors. What’s the point in having a secure solution if nobody wants or knows how to use it?

    FTP requires you have an FTP server, an FTP client downloaded on your device and on your recipient’s device. If you need to make changes to a file you’ve sent, you have to re-upload it, and the recipient has to re-download it. FTP is a manual, time-intensive process that can become a bottleneck in day-to-day work.

3.  Free, consumer services

    Free is enticing and alluring. The entry cost is so low, well, it’s free. But do you want your accountant sending your tax returns using the same tool she uses to send pictures to her kids? Do you want your physician sending your personal health records with something that’s available to just anyone?

    Business appropriate, secure file transfer is different, and it should be different. In this day and age, it takes a lot of work from a lot of people to keep your data safe, and that quality and reassurance is worth some investment. But it doesn’t have to cost and arm and a leg to get the right balance of security, professionalism and ease of use.

4.  ShareFile

    When it comes to secure file transfer that’s as easy as email, as secure as FTP and is still affordable, there’s only one solution - ShareFile. ShareFile provides industry leading security - the same tools, protocols and infrastructure an online bank uses - without requiring any downloads or complicated software. It works with the tools you already use, so you can transfer files securely right from your inbox. It’s just like email, except the body of your message and any attachments are automatically protected. It’s customizable without being cumbersome, and it’s the solution 99 percent of the Fortune 500 trusts.


Ready to get started?

ShareFile offers a 30-day, no obligation, free trial for any business looking to try it out. We even offer a personalized demonstration if you would like to see some of the most-used features by other companies in your industry. And secure file transfer isn't all that ShareFile does, we also make it easy to acquire e-signatures, let you access files anywhere with desktop sync, and help you send big files without worrying about email attachment size limits. Try it free today!


Further reading:
ShareFile Knowledge Base: How to share a file
ShareFile Blog: Five ShareFile security features you might not know about

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what our customers say

Businesses across the globe use ShareFile

Secure file transfer takes center stage

"With ShareFile’s granular folder-level permissions, we’re able to customize security settings, enabling specific users to have access to specific files. Security was also a major issue, since we handled a lot of confidential information with our clients."


Scott Petinga, worldwide chairman and CEO, AKQURACY


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