November 2, 2022

How do you securely share files with someone?

How to securely share files?

How do you securely share files with someone?

Securely sharing files with someone is a critical task in today's digital world. With the ever-increasing risk of data breaches, it is essential to ensure that your files are shared in a secure manner. We will discuss the various methods of securely sharing files with someone.

Encrypted File Transfer Services (OpenPGP, SFTP, TLS/SSL)

Pros: Communication between two parties is encrypted.

Cons: Requires set up from both parties; not quick to deploy

A very secure way to share files with someone is through an encrypted file transfer service. An encrypted file transfer service uses advanced encryption technology to protect the data being transferred from unauthorized access or manipulation. These services are often used by businesses to securely send confidential files between employees, customers, and partners. Some of the most popular encrypted file transfer services include OpenPGP, Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), and TLS/SSL encryption. An important point to consider is that when securing data-in-transit the file itself doesn’t have encryption at rest and these protocols require both parties to be set up properly for the transfer to work.

Cloud Drive Sharing

Pros: Solution is native to the existing environment if files are already in the cloud; No setup required for the second party

Cons: Files not individually encrypted; difficult to track links after they’re created

Another way to securely share files with someone is by using a cloud storage service. Cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive provide users with secure online storage for their documents and other types of files. These services use strong encryption protocols that protect the data stored in their servers from unauthorized access or manipulation. Additionally, many cloud storage services offer additional features such as version control and two-factor authentication for added security. 

Encrypted Messaging Services

Pros: Send file attachments as easily as sending a message

Cons: Not designed for a large number of file transfers

If you need to share sensitive information with someone but don't want it stored on any third-party servers or computers, you can use an end-to-end encryption service such as Signal or WhatsApp for Business. End-to-end encryption ensures that only the sender and receiver can read the message being sent since all messages are encrypted before leaving either party's device and decrypted once it reaches its destination device. This means that even if someone were able to intercept the message being sent between two parties, they would not be able to read its contents since they would not have access to either party's private key needed for decryption purposes. 

In conclusion, there are several ways that you can securely share files with someone depending on your needs and security requirements. The most secure method is usually an encrypted file transfer service such as OpenPGP, SFTP, or Phalanx which uses advanced encryption technology to protect your data from unauthorized access or manipulation while in transit over the internet. 

How does Phalanx help securely share files?

Pros: Files are individually encrypted; File access is tracked; Solution integrates into the existing environment; No setup required for the second party

Cons: Not designed for chat messaging 

Phalanx was designed to securely share files in the easiest way possible using existing tools. The solution overlays on top of existing solutions (such as cloud storage) and enables users to share files without sacrificing security or productivity. You can learn more about Phalanx here or contact us to watch a quick demo.

No matter which method you choose for securely sharing your files with someone else, always remember that security should be your top priority when dealing with sensitive information online!

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