If you search Google for ‘free file sharing websites,’ you’ll find thousands of results for a wide range of different file sharing sites and services. And while we’ve been trained to associate the word “free” with something positive and beneficial, when it comes to free file sharing websites, the term ‘free’ can be misleading. Let me explain.
The perceived “rewards” of using free file sharing websites:
1. They’re FREE.
2. They’re usually relatively easy to use.
3. THEY’RE FREE! (since this is the biggest, perhaps only, reward, I had to mention it twice).
The risks of using these free file sharing services:
1. Security – protecting and knowing who can access your data on these file sharing websites is much more difficult than if you were to share your file privately.
2. Ownership – terms of service agreements are often long and saturated with legalese and more technical language, making it harder for users to understand them completely. Most free file sharing and online storage sites retain rights to at least some control over your data.
3. Once it’s out there, it’s out there – there is no assurance of deletion in most free file sharing websites’ terms of service agreements. So, if you decide to take your data off the site, that doesn’t mean the site has deleted it entirely (potentially extremely risky for corporate data).
What you can do
If you decide you still want to risk it and use free file sharing websites, then it’s important that you do your research first. Make sure you are comfortable with the site’s terms of service agreements, and keep track of your sensitive data once you post it online. Or, you can avoid using free file sharing websites altogether and look into other ways of accessing and sharing files online.
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