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Better than an FTP site: an easier way to transfer files

Use the functionality of an FTP site without the hassles

  • Access your ShareFile account anywhere, anytime
  • Enhance your security with bank-level encryption
  • Set up and manage accounts with ease - no downloads required

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Get everything you want from an FTP site without the drawbacks

File Transfer Protocol, or FTP, enjoyed a long reign as the default method by which businesses transferred files over the internet. Though they are widespread, using an FTP site has never been ideal. Many find FTP difficult to use, and for businesses, it requires a dedicated server, and a substantial investment in infrastructure and security.

Despite FTP being a complicated, outdated system, its ubiquity means that some professionals have grown familiar with it. For these people, logging into your business's FTP site and downloading and uploading files is, despite the effort involved, not an easy habit to break. For these people, adopting a new file-sharing system requires the effort and stress of learning a whole new way of doing things.

To help make it as easy as possible to use ShareFile, we added the ability to use your ShareFile account as your very own FTP site - without the hassles. ShareFile lets you send and receive large files of any size securely just like FTP, but unlike an FTP site, there are no downloads, installs or cumbersome processes required. And with ShareFile, you can also store files in the cloud, so you have a central repository for your data.

1. ShareFile offers bank-level security, unlike an FTP site

    Despite the widespread use of FTP, it features some major security flaws. For example, standard FTP transfers files and passwords in plaintext, which are easy to intercept. ShareFile adds bank-level SSL security protection and up to 256-bit data encryption, which can help protect your business from security threats. ShareFile also takes the burden of security off your organization because you don't need to worry about securing your local server anymore. ShareFile stores all your important information in state-of-the-art cloud storage, so you can leave the security to us.

2. You can set up and manage accounts with ease

    In addition to being difficult to use, FTP is also difficult for you to administer without IT support. With ShareFile it's simple to add new accounts as needed, but a traditional FTP site can make that simple task a long, drawn-out process that involves several departments in your organization. Simple tasks should be simple to do, and ShareFile lets you handle all your account administration with ease.

3. You can take the burden off your business - and your clients

    Potentially the biggest barrier with FTP is the overwhelming cost and investment it requires of your company to maintain dedicated servers, administer your account permissions and provisioning, and provide comprehensive security setup and trainings. With ShareFile, you only need to set up your account and invite the members on your team — we'll handle the technical stuff. It’s just as simple for your clients - who won’t need usernames, passwords or special software to receive or send files. And if you ever need help with your account, our friendly support team is only a chat or phone call away 24/7.


And that's just the beginning. ShareFile offers a robust feature set to help you take your business to the next level, including the ability to sync files to the cloud and access them anywhere, collect electronic signatures on important documents, and protect email communications with encrypted email


Thousands of professionals use ShareFile everyday to improve their efficiency and security. You can too- try it free!


Further reading:
ShareFile Knowledge Base: ShareFile FTP Compatibility
ShareFile Blog: How Kimley Horn Solved the FTP Problem with Citrix ShareFile

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