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What are the alternative network protocols to FTP?

File transfer protocol (FTP) is a time-honored way to share data across your network. However, despite its long standing utility, FTP is now vulnerable to some security risks, which can result in lost data, time, and money for your business. So, are there alternatives to FTP protocols? Yes there are, and they're found in the cloud.

FTP security issues create the need for an alternative to the protocol.

Without encryption, sending sensitive files across FTP servers is risky business. FTP was developed nearly 40 years ago, well before today’s advanced threats or security measures designed to defeat them. Some have called for businesses to seek a permanent alternative protocol to FTP.

Secure FTP and secure shell protocols still have drawbacks.

When transferring files using these secure servers, large files may be slow to deliver due to the back-and-forth nature of the SFTP protocol. File transfers are sometimes even canceled suddenly when sessions time out, leading to file loss.

Citrix ShareFile is a safe FTP alternative.

Users searching for an FTP alternative protocol can trust the 256-bit encryption provided by ShareFile. The encryption used for our file sharing and storage meets the standards required by financial institutions and HIPAA law. Cloud-based file sharing is becoming so trusted, more than 99 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on us to secure their data.

We also make file sharing easy. ShareFile transfer speeds are quicker than SFTP servers and require no additional software downloads. Our 24 hour customer service center is always available to help with any questions.

We can create a custom plan to meet your needs, from personal accounts and small businesses to large data rooms. Best of all, we offer a free trial of our products. Call 1-800-441-3453 or visit to sign up today!