Posted on February 6, 2020 | | Categories: Managed File Transfer
Free time! Free food! Free kittens! All great concepts, right? Free file transfers! Ummmm, not so much.
The old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is…” definitely holds when it comes to file transfers. After all, the data you send to third-parties, vendors, customers and even internal staff is priceless and, in the wrong hands, worth enough that it can cripple your operations should it be compromised. Beyond the risk of data breaches, free file transfer solutions just don’t hold up, except when sending small, one-off types of documents needing no privacy or security precautions.
User-friendly, free file sharing apps like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and more unfortunately hold the door wide open to risks, including hacking, unrestricted access, and potential file manipulation. Operating securely and confidently in today’s business environment means your high-value data transfers need a level of security, encryption, access restrictions, and management that those tempting free options just can’t deliver.
While free is usually good, protecting your valuable data is better and worth budgeting for.
Related reading: Managed File Transfer ROI calculator
While some free options do offer a few bells and whistles, none offer the complete array of assets of a managed file transfer (MFT) application to protect vital data. If you're considering going the free route, ask yourself if your solution option offers the following functions to fully support secure file transfers at your organization before you hit “send” on that next file transfer:
Managed file transfer solutions such as GoAnywhere. But why? Well, for starters, GoAnywhere offers secure file transfers through a centralized, enterprise-level approach. Data sent through the solution is kept safe during the transfer as well as at rest through industry standard protocols like FTPS and SFTP and Open PGP and AES encryption. With GoAnywhere in place, data sent is more secure, simplified, and meets compliance stipulations.
GoAnywhere is a dashboard-style, user-friendly option that offers a safe, audited way to automatically and simply transfer data within and outside of your operation. No special programming or homemade scripting is required, and the solution can be custom-tailored to your unique business needs.
While cloud collaboration tools and even some homegrown scripts can handle some functions of file transfers, managed file transfer elevates and secures this and other critical business processes so you can reduce both time and resources.
See for yourself how MFT beats free. Check out our guide: