From Twitter to SnapChat, it’s clear that the internet is made for sharing. But sending sensitive information, intellectual property, and other sensitive data shouldn’t be done through social media, an email or email attachment. It requires a truly secure file transfer option. There are numerous products you can use to send encrypted files, but not all of them are the same. While they are certainly safer than just sending an email, sharing secure messages requires more than an encrypted email or password protected solution.
As we’ve mentioned, sending files in the email are simply not secure. And other options that allow users to send or share files such as Dropbox or WeTransfer are still not completely safe. Why? In the case of file sharing, the files are stored indefinitely in the cloud, not automatically deleted once they have been transferred, which makes them very susceptible to hackers. For large file transfer apps, like WeTransfer, the convenience is there, but the security to protect them isn’t.
Finally, password protection options aren’t safe. Even though the files themselves can be password protected and encrypted, the recipient still needs a password to open the files. Often this is when most users make the mistake of emailing the recipient that password. Also, those password protected files are not uncrackable and users often think they are and leave them in easily compromised locations. Many popular software solutions with password protection have password crackers that can easily be downloaded and break password protection.
Advertisers and your personal info at risk
The personal information in your documents is used against you or worse “for you” by advertising groups. Most recently, Google was found to be using email receipts in the inboxes of Gmail users to determine their spending and buying patterns to help to advertise. We could talk all day about how email isn’t safe, but hopefully, you get the picture by now.
The only solution is to encrypt your files. That means encryption during transit and before it is retrieved. Remember, even encrypted email isn’t safe enough as emails can be stored and exposed. Vendor backups of your data (i.e. email) create unwanted, uncontrolled copies of your files. The only solution is to send your files using a service you trust. A service that doesn’t let your files sit around indefinitely after being retrieved.
The MOST secure way to transfer files
The best way to send encrypted files is SENT. SENT cares about one thing: keeping your files safe from sender to receiver. We encrypt, we chop up into pieces, we validate recipients, we delete and expire, we give you unlimited file size capabilities, drag and drop convenience, and enterprise management all out of the box. And that’s all with a free account. Try us, because otherwise, you do have everything to lose. SENT, the most secure file transfer platform on Earth.