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Zip files can be an easy solution to the hassles of large file sharing, making it simple to share data with colleagues and clients.

You’ve just finished putting together a large document, and it’s time to share it with a colleague or client. That is, you’ll share once it’s done uploading, sending and downloading.

Transferring large files can be a time-consuming and production-killing process. But zip files can be an easy solution to the hassles of large file sharing. Here’s what you need to know.

Zip Files: The Basics

What are zip files?

A zip file is a computer file with contents that have been compressed for easier transfer. Zipping a file means converting it to a smaller, more transfer-friendly format to make it quicker and easier to send. The file is then unzipped, or converted back to its original format, upon receipt.

Why zip files?

Email systems have restrictions about the size of files that can be sent. Such restrictions can force you to break large files up into multiple attachments, disrupting final products and presentations. It can also take time for a large file transfer to complete, interrupting workflow and collaboration.

Zip files are a way of navigating around the pitfalls of sending large files.

How do you zip files?

The process can vary slightly depending on the program. It can, however, typically be done in just a few clicks. For example, a zip file can be created in Windows by simply right-clicking the folder, selecting “Send to” and then “Compressed folder.”

Are there any alternatives to zip files?

A zip file is not the only way or even the best way to send large files. Cloud-based file-sharing services such as Citrix ShareFile allow you to transfer data measuring up to 100 GB in size. The files are encrypted upon upload and remain so during the transfer and storage phases. ShareFile allows you to access files from any device at any time, and unlimited storage means you’ll never run out of space for your data.

Cloud-Based File Sharing: A Better Solution

Citrix ShareFile is an industry leader in cloud computing and file sharing services, and is a great alternative to zip files—especially for enterprise file sharing customers who have concerns regarding security.

An article published by CNet states, "Security researchers have discovered flaws in common file formats, including .zip, which can be used to sneak malware onto computers by evading antivirus detection. Eight vulnerabilities were found in .zip, supported by Microsoft Office, along with seven others in the .7zip, .rar, .cab and .gzip file format."

What makes ShareFile more secure than zip files?

ShareFile makes security a top priority, and our software utilizes several security features to keep your important information safe. Some of these features include:

  • High-grade encryption. During transit, your files will be protected using 128-bit encryption. While stored, your files will be protected using AES 256-bit encryption, a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) encryption algorithm.
  • Firewalls. Our securely configured firewalls limit and control access to network segments
  • Datacenters. When you use ShareFile, your files are stored in SSA16 type II, SOC2 and ISO 27001 accredited data centers.
  • Remote wipe. If a device is lost or stolen, you can lock or wipe ShareFile data remotely.
  • Account activity reports. Administrators can access activity, usage, storage and permissions and request that the details are emailed to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

You can read about more of our security features, here.

How much is this going to cost me?

ShareFile has several plans available at price points to meet most budgets. Our most popular plans include:

  • Business Plan. Includes five employee accounts, unlimited storage and 100 GB max file size for $100 per month
  • Team Plan. Includes five employee accounts, 1 TB storage and 10 GB max file size for $60 per month
  • Personal Plan. Includes one employee account, 100 GB storage and 10 GB max file size for $16 per month

If this still seems out of your budget, consider this: on average, enterprises pay $551,000 to recover from a security breach. Don't let this happen to you—sign up for a free no obligation 30-day trial from ShareFile today and begin sharing files in minutes! Why zip file when you can ShareFile?

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