The sun is setting on File Transfer Protocol (FTP). While it's been a longstanding file-sharing method, it also has some serious security flaws in addition to being a pain to use. Cloud-based file sharing is a modern way to transfer and store files easily and securely.
Why FTP security is an issue
File transfer protocol has been around for nearly 40 years and was designed during an entirely different era — before security was a major concern. As a result, FTP security is weak and outdated by today's standards, putting companies that use the technology at risk.
There are other FTP security shortfalls. FTP may require multiple connections in both directions. Sharing files this way is ugly and provides challenges to firewall security.
Services like Citrix ShareFile, a cloud-based file sharing and storage leader, are a better alternative to FTP. With AES 256-bit encryption trusted by financial institutions and medical providers, ShareFile is an upgrade over traditional FTP security.
Does SFTP solve FTP security issues?
Some may turn to SFTP as a solution to FTP security issues. SFTP uses Secure Shell (SSH) to make file transfers more secure. But there are still drawbacks. Though SFTP is safer than unsecured servers, transfer speeds often suffer. Timeouts and data loss are common. And SFTP can be complicated to use.
ShareFile allows users to transfer files as large as 100 GB quickly with the click of a mouse.
A Smarter Alternative to FTP and SFTP
At ShareFile we make it possible to securely transfer, store and manage files without the help of an IT department. Our customer support team is available 24/7. We consistently maintain a 99.9 percent uptime, meaning you will always have access to important files.
Here are some other reasons to switch to ShareFile:
- Four plans designed to fit your business
- SSAE 16 audited datacenters and high-end encryption
- Custom branding that matches your company's look and feel
- Easy-to-use software that doesn't require hardware or plugins
- Mobile apps that keep you connected on the go
Start your free trial of ShareFile today to resolve your FTP security issues. Call 1-800-441-3453 for more information.