Information Sharing Technology Over Time
Information sharing technology has come a long way over the last one hundred-plus years. The earliest forms included the pony express, but the
telegraph soon followed, speeding up the process of sending and receiving messages over long distances, and at a reduced cost to the customer.
Telephones added another element of ease of use, because businesses and individuals could have an inexpensive telephone on site, making
communications easier still. Moving up through the decades, we have the latest technology that has been digitized with the advent of the computer
age, but basic setups like email and FTP still leave a lot to be desired.
With the ability to use the Internet and the World Wide Web, both individuals and companies can benefit from the speed, cost effectiveness and ease
of use when they need to share files with clients and friends. Today we can utilize the transfer file process of adding an attachment to an ordinary
email, and for many smaller documents this works very well.
However, for those who work in industries where large digital documents must be sent securely online, such as those who are architects, engineers
and those who work in construction companies, file transfer programs such as FTP, file transfer protocol, can be used. There are some drawbacks
that come with using FTP programs though. Many of these software programs are confusing to use for those without a background in computer
software technology, and they also often require some training on their use before everyone in the business office will be up to speed in transmitting
large files. Security is also typically lacking in FTP-type programs as well, leaving your important files open to computer hackers.
Instead, those with large documents such as blueprints and CAD design files need a simple file transfer program that is an alternative to FTP. There
are certain programs available that are as easy to use as attaching a file to an email, so these are the types that you will want to sear