The Benefits of Digital File Transfer
When the internet was first introduced it was a slow, unreliable network of servers that would often go down for periods of time. That was 25 years ago and what was then unpredictable is now one of the largest (if not the largest) platforms on the planet. With over 3 billion users worldwide and more than a billion websites currently online; the World Wide Web has come on leaps and bounds when compared to its early establishment.
Many users don’t actually realise just how many purposes the internet really serves. From being usable throughout the world, all the way to allowing the transfer of files and data – the network is nothing short of a miraculous marvel of engineering. Gone are the days where the only way to transfer data from one location to another would require expensive tools and hardware; these days, the web makes it easy to share, send and receive files of all sizes at the click of a button.
How does file transfer work?
When a person logs into the internet (either via Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi), they will be entering a global platform shared by millions of users. Whether they are keen to send a photo to a relative, or share an important work document with a colleague – the ability to do so via email, a messaging service, or a third party tool (such as DropBox) can be very beneficial.
There are times where an individual may wish to keep their files confidential and away from prying eyes. Although this is a preference, due to the open nature of the web, many users won’t even realise that their data has been encrypted. Platforms like Gmail will automatically encrypt the data that their users send, as will many websites that accept online payments.
Although encryption is best suited to protecting information in transit, it can also play a major role in securing the integrity of files. FTP, or as it’s technically referred to: File Transfer Protocol, is one of these security features. It works by encasing all files sent and received in a temporary binary code and this can help to ensure that data reaches its destination unhindered.
An alternative file transferring resource is known as Secure File Sharing, or SFS and unlike FTP that can be used when transmitting data across a multitude of platforms (such as Skype, Facebook Messenger and so on), SFS is an actual piece of software that can be programmed into a server. By doing so, it becomes possible to transmit data securely, and without affecting speeds to allow for a seamless file sharing experience, the likes of which millions of users take advantage of on a daily basis.