Gone are the days where most of our required files could be thrown onto a handy floppy disk. We are sending and receiving bigger and bigger files, many of which are now too big for our email clients and instant messaging software to handle. But what other ways are there for sending and receiving large files?
Below are the best ways individuals and companies can get around issues with handling large files.
Use a Large Files Sharing Service
There are already services available that are dedicated to helping people overcome issues with dealing with large files. They are mostly targeted at enterprises, but anyone with the need can find help from these services. They can provide their customers with customizable file-sharing platforms that also allow for team collaboration and communication, too.
These file-sharing businesses are based in the same countries as their customers, and thus offer more secure solutions that don’t present as many security risks as using some overseas alternatives, while at the same time offering a global service. Furthermore, these services give a more comprehensive solution to those who need an end-to-end product that secures, shares, encrypts, and protects sensitive information at all points that it is being shared within that ecosystem.
Use Free File Sharing Services
If you don’t have the resources to pay for a professional-grade customizable platform, then you could always use a more mainstream platform like Dropbox. These kinds of platforms can be useful since many of them market directly to consumers as well as to businesses, meaning that staff members are likely already familiar with how they work, which makes staff training much simpler.
One drawback is that if you conduct international business, some of these platforms might be blocked or inaccessible in other countries where you are doing business. A notable example is China, where Dropbox, Google services, and many other platforms are blocked.
Use Cloud Storage Solutions
For businesses and individuals without a budget or perhaps without the scale to justify a third-party dedicated service, using mainstream cloud services like iCloud or Google Drive make a great alternative. They’re mostly free to use, easily accessible via computers and smart devices, and have generous standard capacities before you have to start spending money to get more. Even when charging customers, they are demonstrably affordable for small businesses and individuals.
Use USB Flash Drives
This solution is a little more “old school” but it’s tried and tested and in many ways a more secure alternative to online options. USB flash drives are perfect for individuals sharing information with each other, for people working in coworking spaces or shared offices, and for those businesses where the threat of cyber attacks makes storing things in cloud storage a concern.
The USB flash drive is the modern “hard copy” solution, requiring any would-be thief or hacker to physically steal the drive in order to get their hands on the information. The downside of course is that it requires physical presence to share the information. The memory of even small flash drives has certainly kept up with demand, however, with consumers able to buy 1-2 TB of storage for very cheap prices.
Engage a VPN
A virtual private network (VPN) is a great solution for people who are worried about masking their location and IP addresses in the name of security and privacy. If they are worried about snoopers and hackers, a VPN is a great solution and easy to install and use on multiple devices. The main drawback with a VPN is that it can be a little slow when sending very large files such as large video files.
There are many great options out there, and individuals and businesses just need to take time to evaluate all their choices before selecting a route.