When you send large files on the Web, you only have a few different options. You can use insecure methods like uploading files to your web server or trusting a random Internet application, you can send a hard drive through the mail, or you can use a professional file transfer platform like Box.
Chances are, you’ve used insecure and frustrating methods to send large files at least once. At one time, those were the only solutions.
However, now that Box exists, there’s no reason to struggle. If you’re still grappling with unreliable transfer systems, here are five reasons to start using Box for large file transfers.
1. Long distance file sharing is simple and secure with Box
Transferring large files with Box is simple, easy, and secure. Once you create your folders and upload your files, you can set security permissions for each file.
You can create shareable links that make files read-only and disallow downloads. These links can also be set to expire after a certain period of time to prevent unauthorized access in the future.
When you need to send files to someone outside your immediate space, Box makes the process incredibly easy. You don’t have to use a third-party application and you don’t have to risk uploading private information to an unknown server.
2. Cables work for local transfers, but the process is still complicated
While Box is ideal for Internet transfers, you might wonder whether it’s necessary for local transfers. When you can meet with someone on the same floor, why not just swap files device to device?
You could transfer files between devices with a cable, but you still need third-party software to facilitate the transfer.Finding good software is hard.
Most free software will bombard you with ads and might come loaded with a virus. Paid software might be safer, but file transfer software applications usually have poor user interfaces.
Box is perfect for local transfers. You don’t have to mess with cables or third-party software. Just link the other person to the target files and let him or her download the files to another device.
3. With Box, all you ever need to do is share a link
With standard file transfer methods, you have to find the file on your computer, upload it to a file transfer service, and enter the recipient’s email address. Uploading large files takes time even with high-speed Internet.
Regardless of your Internet speed, file transfers are cumbersome when you have to send the same file to multiple people or you share large files on an ongoing basis.
With Box, you need to upload your files only once. Once your files are uploaded to your Box account, you generate a shareable link and give the link to the intended recipient. Not having to upload a file every time you share it will greatly reduce your frustration.
4. You can’t trust online file transfer services
No matter how popular an online file transfer service is, you have no way to control what happens to your file once it’s been uploaded to their server. Some popular transfer servicesstore files unencrypted, which could be a problem if a data breach occurs.
Most file transfer services claim they delete files after seven days or so, but that doesn’t mean they don’t keep copies or that employees from the company can’t access your files on the back end just to be nosy.
Box gives you complete control over who can access your files. None of your links will be public unless you allow them to be public. You can designate