Corporate Fileshare System

Traditional FTP Introduction

Things to Know!


Transfer Types

Before using any FTP site, you should know the difference between encrypted and unencrypted transfers. When files or communications travel around the internet, they can travel through several third party systems before reaching a final destination. There are two ways in which this data can be transmitted:

  1. Unencrypted: This type of transfer happens in an open, unsecured manner. This means that all of those third party systems it talks to along the way can see every bit of data being transferred (and possibly save it)!

    Wireless connections (WiFi at hotels, restaurants, etc.) make this risk even greater as anyone using that network can eavesdrop on your communications.

    Info Tech, Inc. strongly urges you not to transfer files or communicate with any unencrypted services for these reasons.

  2. Encrypted: The Secured Sockets Layer (SSL) can be used as a secured way to send your data. This creates a trust between you and your destination before any real data is sent.

    Any third party systems your data hits along the way can only see an encrypted jumble of data and cannot get to the data itself.

    Using this method helps to keep your data safe and is highly recommended.

Blind Drop

Our file transfer system functions as a blind drop. You can think of this as one of those blue mailboxes the US Postal Service uses or like a book return box at your local library. When you place the item in the box, you can no longer see it. Nobody else can see it either! Even though there are things in that box, the contents are hidden from your view and the only person that can access them is the Postal Service worker or the librarian. \ When your file is uploaded to our server, only key members of Info Tech, Inc. have the ability to see that file.

Data Encryption

Encrypting your data should be done no matter the transfer type you choose. When providing your sensitive information (whatever the reason may be) we suggest that you always encrypt that information in some way to further ensure that only the people you allow to view it can do so. One of the simplest methods of doing this is by using a tool like TrueCrypt. This allows you to encrypt your data with a secured password so you can share the password with only those you want to allow to view your data.

How to Connect

Now that you are aware of some of the basic information, it's time for you to connect and upload data! If you are not in need of sending your data over an encrypted (secured) connection, then you can follow the instructions on the Unencrypted FTP page. Or, now that you've read all about encryption and you feel it's the right choice for you, please go to our Secured FTP instructions page. Either of these pages will walk you through the steps to provide us with your data, but we ask that you please read all instructions carefully so that you are aware of the entire process.