Magpie Tech Tips

May 30, 2012

Choose a File Sharing Service that's Secure Top-to-Bottom

"If I don't trust online storage sites, what should I use instead? What's the most secure way to share files outside my network?" For most files, sites like Dropbox are OK. But if you want secure file sharing, here are 3 suggestions.

"Magpie, if I don't trust these online storage sites, what should I use instead? What's the most secure way to share files outside my network?"

While online storage is great for most files, intellectual property requires more security.  Encryption at all stages, locked-down servers, stringent password requirements, and so on.

The most secure file sharing methods we know are:

  1. Private File Share. This can be in-house, or hosted through a secure datacenter (preferably local!).  Anchor is an example of private file sharing (and we host it right here in Silicon Valley).
  2. Box.com.  It is an online storage site, but Box takes pains to keep all its files secure.  Private File Share is better, but Box is a close second.
  3. Microsoft OneDrive. Included with Office 365 accounts. In our experience, the most secure of the 'Big Three' file sharing services (the others being Google Drive and Dropbox).

If you must transfer intellectual property (IP) outside the network, use one of these options. It'll keep your information as safe as possible.