In the wake of major security news (like Ed Snowden’t take on Apple’s new commitments to privacy), it’s more important than ever to be up to date on how to protect your files. Here are some things to know about the different kinds of file transfer services that are available to you.
For an easy file transfer experience, most people rely on an Email file transfer. While easy and convenient, most email providers can only support up to 10 MB of data, so you may need to consider FTP.
What is FTP? File Transfer Protocol is the name of both a method and a program. (i.e. “FTP it to me” and “Send the file using FTP.”) FTP is the precursor to HTTP, now know the most common way to access webpages. You can access FTP servers from your PC’s web browser, or your direct Windows Explorer program, to “put” (send) or “get” (receive) transferred files.
When using any of the different kinds of file transfer services, it’s a good idea to look into encryption. Encryption uses algorithmic schemes to turn plain text information into cipher-text, a non-readable format. This allows you to disguise your info as it’s transferred, so if it does get picked up by any unwanted entities, it is nearly impossible to read without the original symmetric encryption keys. Symmetric encryption is recognized as the oldest and best-known technique for protecting files, and allows you the added security (in the event of interception) of necessary decoding.
It’s a good idea to study up on the processes behind file transfer services, so as to better familiarize yourself with where your information is going, and how it’s being protected.