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Top 5 most secured ways to share your files and data

Top 5 most secured ways to share your files and data

Data sharing is a very important tool in our everyday lives. Most of the time, it’s very easy  to pair your phone with an acquaintance’s in order to just send and receive a few documents, files and data, whether for work, school or any other purpose.

However, one main issue that often gets neglected when sharing files is the safety of the transfer medium. These days, there are many media for transferring files. However, not all of them are safe and can guarantee the protection of your files from intruders, spies or thieves.

Even cloud sharing could be a risk. Cloud-based file storage and sharing services are advantageous to all types of businesses as they provide easy, economical and convenient access to information anytime and from anywhere. However, if any of your employees uses their personal accounts and free services that are designed for consumer use, they could be putting your business at a huge risk of a security breach.

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The safety of shared files and sensitive data has become a major technological question these days, especially since the hacking of several seemingly impregnable storage services has let out a lot of information that is valuable to millions of people around the world. We have bridged that gap and come up with a list of safe media for file transfer. Our list is compressed to just 5, although there are many more in the market today.

Dropbox

Dropbox, although mainly used as a storage medium, is also quite awesome in sharing files and data. To protect a file or data that is being sent, Dropbox makes use of SSL/TLS for its file transfers. It creates a secure tunnel that is protected by 128-bit or higher AES encryption security. Dropbox file data is stored in file blocks that are fragmented, almost unrecognizable and highly encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption.

Apart from this, a Dropbox user can’t directly view another user’s files unless he is provided with a link to share or view folders. It’s quite secure, although human users also have to be vigilant in protecting their data.

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Google Drive

Yes, Google Drive is a form of cloud storage service and we have stated earlier that cloud storage might not be as secure as we think it is. However, Google Drive is one of the few exceptions to our assertion. Google Drive enhances flexibility, reduces overhead costs and promotes collaboration.

To secure files, it also makes use of high levels of encryption. This means that as soon as a file is backed up to Google Drive, its security can be guaranteed. If you want to share a file from Google Drive, its security while in transit is still 100% guaranteed. No intruder will be able to scan your files and you’ll be in full control of what you want to do with it.

Barcode Media

Barcodes are specific images with specific codes embedded in them. A barcode is specific to a device and no two devices have the same barcode. Recently, there have been great strides in transfer using barcodes and barcode scanners.

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However, not all file transfer media that make use of barcodes are secure. For a secure option, we’ll recommend Waspbarcode. This service, although primarily a tracking and monitoring device, ensures the security of files that are sent via its medium, also making use of top notch encryption.

SHAREit

SHAREit is a file transferring app that was developed by Lenovo to enhance the speedy dissemination of files from Windows and Android-operated devices over a network. Although its potency has been questioned over the years, SHAREit recently launched a new version which included hard coded passwords. SHAREit has a secure mode, where it asks users to provide their passwords before they can successfully share files to others. Secure mode also makes use of 256-bit AES encryption in securing file transfers.

NFC

Near Field Communication is a service, like Bluetooth and Infrared, that allows for free and safe file sharing, although it started as a means of making payments. Its breakthrough came when Apple decided to make use of it on their devices to make payments.

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To secure the files that are sent through its service, NFC makes use of special processors and a high-end encryption process. Its security is very stable, although it is advised that when you’re not making use of it, you should turn it off as an idle NFC device could serve as a host for intruders to tap into the files of others whose NFC services aren’t so secure.

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Tanvir Zafar

The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about productivity, creativity, entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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