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FTP: Many Problems, One Obvious Alternative

An FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server is high on maintenance, low on security and tricky for clients to navigate. The results are often twofold: poor user experience and a longing for something better. Fortunately, there is a cloud-based file-sharing solution that serves as a much-needed alternative to FTP.

Citrix ShareFile: The clear alternative to FTP

Efficiency and security are paramount in today's fast-paced and highly sensitive business world. Let's take a look at how FTP stacks up against the alternative option of ShareFile in a number of pivotal areas.



FTP: None.

ShareFile: AES 256-bit — the same coding level used by the U.S. government for top secret files.



FTP: Open access to just about anyone.

ShareFile: Customized password settings including multi-factor authentication, account lockouts, file activity trackers and download alerts are just a few of the ways ShareFile dictates who accesses a file.



FTP: Build the site, update the site, debug the site, answer questions and complaints about the site.

ShareFile: No installation, nothing to maintain, no need for an IT team.


Remote Access

FTP: Typically requires special settings, if mobile access is even available at all.

ShareFile: iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, smartphone, tablet — take your pick.



FTP: Size limitations for both storage and transfer of files.

ShareFile: Unlimited storage capacity and an ability to share files of up to 100 GB in size.

One of the common alternatives to FTP is to utilize TLS (Transport Layer Security) or SSL (Secure Socket Layer) protocols. ShareFile already does just that

Given the shortcomings, particularly surrounding security, it's no surprise many companies are seeking out alternatives that can better serve their needs. Try an FTP alternative free for 30 days under no further obligation with a trial of ShareFile.

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