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ShareFile vs. Dropbox

At first glance, Citrix ShareFile and Dropbox may seem like similar products promising the same benefits. However, although both use the cloud to store and share data, ShareFile provides features and benefits that Dropbox does not.

Below, we examine the key differences between ShareFile and Dropbox to help you choose the best file-sharing software for your needs.

ShareFile vs. Dropbox: Overview

Most businesses understand the benefits of having a mobile workforce, including increased productivity and improved collaboration. But mobile file sharing can also make a company more vulnerable to certain risks if not properly managed. Some of these risks include:

  • Lost or stolen data
  • IP loss
  • Noncompliance
  • Security breaches

Without securing, tracking and managing shared data with an enterprise-grade file sync and sharing solution, your business assets run a higher risk of falling into the wrong hands. The goal of ShareFile is to help your team easily share, sync and store large files from any device without compromising important data. And unlike Dropbox, ShareFile provides the security, visibility and access your business needs from a single cloud-based dashboard.

ShareFile vs Dropbox: Security

When shopping for file-sharing software, top-notch security is one of the first things most businesses look for. With ShareFile, all data is fully encrypted in transit, while editing and at rest — even large videos, medical images, construction plans, sales contracts and legal paperwork.

ShareFile makes security a top priority. When you partner with ShareFile, all of your data is protected by:

  • High-level encryption – ShareFile supports SSL 3.0/TLS 1.0 with up to 256-bit AES encryption.
  • Hash-based message authentication code – According to TechTarget, "There are several well known hash functions used in cryptography. These include the message-digest hash functions MD2, MD4, and MD5, used for hashing digital signatures into a shorter value called a message-digest, and the Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA), a standard algorithm, that makes a larger (60-bit) message digest and is similar to MD4. A hash function that works well for database storage and retrieval; however, might not work as for cryptographic or error-checking purposes."
  • Metadata – Translated, metadata means "data about data" and provides information about a particular resource, object or data set, including how it is formatted and who has access to it.

This ShareFile security and compliance PDF provides even more information about the security features included with your ShareFile account.

ShareFile vs. Dropbox: Control and Access

Finding a solution that will help you manage and track the data that lives on employee devices and the cloud will help you gain more control over company data and the ways in which it is stored and shared. Whether data lives on a BYO device, an enterprise-owned and managed device or within an independent cloud service, ShareFile can help you gain a clear view into your entire network.

There are several ways for people to share files within an enterprise. By utilizing ShareFile, you have a powerful solution that is managed for you and integrates with your specific IT policies.

ShareFile vs. Dropbox: Customization

For many companies, external file sharing is as important to the business as internal file sharing, and sharing files with clients requires a file-sharing platform that is as professional as your business.

ShareFile provides free custom branding that enables you to match the look and feel of your ShareFile account to the look and feel of your company's logo and colors. ShareFile also caters to the needs of several industries, including:

  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Finance and accounting
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Real estate
  • Manufacturing

ShareFile vs. Dropbox: Pricing

When evaluating costs, it's important to take into account the hidden costs of a potential breach stemming from inferior security and reliability.

ShareFile is secure, reliable and has several plans to choose from, including:

Personal Plan

  • $16 per month billed annually
  • One employee account
  • 100 GB storage
  • 10 GB max file size

Team Plan

  • $60 per month billed annually
  • Five employee accounts
  • 1 TB storage
  • 10 GB max file size

Business Plan (our most popular plan)

  • $100 per month billed annually
  • Five employee accounts
  • Unlimited storage
  • 100 GB max file size

Virtual Data Room

  • $295 per month billed annually
  • Advanced security, sharing and control for sensitive data
  • 5 GB storage
  • 10 GB max file size

All four ShareFile plans include:

  • 24/7 customer support
  • Custom branding
  • Unlimited client users
  • Mobile apps
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Desktop widget and sync
  • Activity logs and versioning
  • FTP
  • Third-party integrations

Although ShareFile is a comprehensive file-sharing solution, you can do more with ShareFile than just store and share files.

  • Check-in/check-out gives you complete control over your data by allowing you to set permissions and assign access on a need-to-know basis.
  • ShareFile sync helps you stay organized by syncing your files automatically, across several devices and users.
  • ShareFile + RightSignature helps reduce turnaround time on signatures by enabling users to sign documents electronically, from anywhere.

ShareFile Free Trial

Ready to try out ShareFile for yourself? We offer a free, no obligation 30-day trial.

When you compare the features and benefits of ShareFile to those of Dropbox, only one is reliable enough to house your company's sensitive data.

To learn more about ShareFile, check out our Resource Center or contact us directly. We'd love to hear from you!