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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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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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