People have been transferring files from person to person over a network using different email software for decades.
Very large files which could not be sent through emails were copied to floppy disks, DVDs and USBs for sharing with family, friends and customers.
Now online file sharing has become the norm because of the ease, affordability and widespread use of internet.
Online file sharing is transferring files from one computer to another through a live network connection.
Personal computer operating systems like Microsoft Windows contain built-in features for sharing files across internet using various browser interfaces for network drive mapping while ensuring adequate security and accessibility settings.
Another method of file sharing is by means of a central computer called the FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server which stores all the files to be shared and, thus, enables the remote computers to obtain the copies by logging in to the server using FTP client software.
Unlike FTP, most Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing systems allow all the computers on a network to function both as a server and a client using special software, and are commonly used in instant messaging and chatting.
Numerous dedicated websites have now come up offering built-in community file sharing facilities on the internet allowing the members to share the files through upload/download function of such websites.
With the proliferation of laptops, iPads and smartphones sharing of large amounts of data, pictures and entertainment items has become very common for social networking and internet marketing purposes.
While such file sharing is good, it deprives the authors of the creative works the due share of the revenue for their pains; so, care should be taken to follow the copyright laws.
Article Written by Dolphi D'Silva [292 Words]
Posted on Oct 6, 2013 with Views.
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