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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 30, 2020

Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

When it comes to being effective vs efficient, there are a lot of similarities, and because of this, they’re often misused and misinterpreted, both in daily use and application.

Every business should look for new ways to improve employee effectiveness and efficiency to save time and energy in the long term. Just because a company or employee has one, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that the other is equally present.

Utilizing both an effective and efficient methodology in nearly any capacity of work and life will yield high levels of productivity, while a lack of it will lead to a lack of positive results.

Before we discuss the various nuances between the word effective and efficient and how they factor into productivity, let’s break things down with a definition of their terms.

Effective vs Efficient

Effective is defined as “producing a decided, decisive, or desired effect.” Meanwhile, the word “efficient ” is defined as “capable of producing desired results with little or no waste (as of time or materials).”[1]

A rather simple way of explaining the differences between the two would be to consider a light bulb. Say that your porch light burned out and you decided that you wanted to replace the incandescent light bulb outside with an LED one. Either light bulb would be effective in accomplishing the goal of providing you with light at night, but the LED one would use less energy and therefore be the more efficient choice.

Now, if you incorrectly set a timer for the light, and it was turned on throughout the entire day, then you would be wasting energy. While the bulb is still performing the task of creating light in an efficient manner, it’s on during the wrong time of day and therefore not effective.

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The effective way is focused on accomplishing the goal, while the efficient method is focused on the best way of accomplishing the goal.

Whether we’re talking about a method, employee, or business, the subject in question can be either effective or efficient, or, in rare instances, they can be both.

When it comes to effective vs efficient, the goal of achieving maximum productivity is going to be a combination where the subject is effective and as efficient as possible in doing so.

Effectiveness in Success and Productivity

Being effective vs efficient is all about doing something that brings about the desired intent or effect[2]. If a pest control company is hired to rid a building’s infestation, and they employ “method A” and successfully completed the job, they’ve been effective at achieving the task.

The task was performed correctly, to the extent that the pest control company did what they were hired to do. As for how efficient “method A” was in completing the task, that’s another story.

If the pest control company took longer than expected to complete the job and used more resources than needed, then their efficiency in completing the task wasn’t particularly good. The client may feel that even though the job was completed, the value in the service wasn’t up to par.

When assessing the effectiveness of any business strategy, it’s wise to ask certain questions before moving forward:

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  • Has a target solution to the problem been identified?
  • What is the ideal response time for achieving the goal?
  • Does the cost balance out with the benefit?

Looking at these questions, a leader should ask to what extent a method, tool, or resource meets the above criteria and achieve the desired effect. If the subject in question doesn’t hit any of these marks, then productivity will likely suffer.

Efficiency in Success and Productivity

Efficiency is going to account for the resources and materials used in relation to the value of achieving the desired effect. Money, people, inventory, and (perhaps most importantly) time, all factor into the equation.

When it comes to being effective vs efficient, efficiency can be measured in numerous ways[3]. In general, the business that uses fewer materials or that is able to save time is going to be more efficient and have an advantage over the competition. This is assuming that they’re also effective, of course.

Consider a sales team for example. Let’s say that a company’s sales team is tasked with making 100 calls a week and that the members of that team are hitting their goal each week without any struggle.

The members on the sales team are effective in hitting their goal. However, the question of efficiency comes into play when management looks at how many of those calls turn into solid connections and closed deals.

If less than 10 percent of those calls generate a connection, the productivity is relatively low because the efficiency is not adequately balancing out with the effect. Management can either keep the same strategy or take a new approach.

Perhaps they break up their sales team with certain members handling different parts of the sales process, or they explore a better way of connecting with their customers through a communications company.

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The goal is ultimately going to be finding the right balance, where they’re being efficient with the resources they have to maximize their sales goals without stretching themselves too thin. Finding this balance is often easier said than done, but it’s incredibly important for any business that is going to thrive.

Combining Efficiency and Effectiveness to Maximize Productivity

Being effective vs efficient works best if both are pulled together for the best results.

If a business is ineffective in accomplishing its overall goal, and the customer doesn’t feel that the service is equated with the cost, then efficiency becomes largely irrelevant. The business may be speedy and use minimal resources, but they struggle to be effective. This may put them at risk of going under.

It’s for this reason that it’s best to shoot for being effective first, and then work on bringing efficiency into practice.

Improving productivity starts with taking the initiative to look at how effective a company, employee, or method is through performance reviews. Leaders should make a point to regularly examine performance at all levels on a whole, and take into account the results that are being generated.

Businesses and employees often succumb to inefficiency because they don’t look for a better way, or they lack the proper tools to be effective in the most efficient manner possible.

Similar to improving a manager or employee’s level of effectiveness, regularly measuring the resources needed to obtain the desired effect will ensure that efficiency is being accounted for. This involves everything from keeping track of inventory and expenses, to how communication is handled within an organization.

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By putting in place a baseline value for key metrics and checking them once changes have been made, a company will have a much better idea of the results they’re generating.

It’s no doubt a step-by-step process. By making concentrated efforts, weakness can be identified and rectified sooner rather than later when the damage is already done.

Bottom Line

Understanding the differences between being effective vs efficient is key when it comes to maximizing productivity. It’s simply working smart so that the intended results are achieved in the best way possible. Finding the optimal balance should be the ultimate goal for employees and businesses:

  • Take the steps that result in meeting the solution.
  • Review the process and figure out how to do it better.
  • Repeat the process with what has been learned in a more efficient manner.

And just like that, effective and efficient productivity is maximized.

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Reference

[1] Merriam-Webster: effective and efficient
[2] Mind Tools: Being Effective at Work
[3] Inc.: 8 Things Really Efficient People Do

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