Most basic rule of security is that you maintain physical possession of
something. If you host the files on a machine you control you are in
possession of those files. If you put them in "the cloud" well who knows?
FTP is *NOT* going by the wayside. Anybody who creates or edits websites
uses FTP all the time to transfer files. In fact, HTTP is really FTP via a
different port, which is why you can use an FTP client to grab HTTP data.
Someone already suggested it. Set up your own FTP site. Web.Com does
it for me for $12 a month. You can set up a FTP index for each of your
clients and password protect it. You also get Email accounts with no
limit on attachment size.
Don't use Flickr or any other web service. Even if marked private, all
somebody has to do is look at the source code and get the photo that way.
When a photo is marked private, Flickr gives it a unique URL address,
but if anyone knows how to get the web address.
Flickr does offer Geofencing but I know nothing about how it works. here
is a very quick lesson..
You are better off just using winrar or 7zip as somebody suggested,
package the files under a passworded archive and either emailing or
having them uploaded/downloaded to a trusted file transfer site.
If you wanna keep any prying eyes off of those photos, don't use any
photo sharing website
I know photobucket.com (my choice for free photo site) requires a
password for private access to photos on their site but I never
verified what you said tho.
If it were me, I'd opt for my own web site. I think you have better
control and you can advertise too (if that helps any).
I have stopped using USB drives or sticks for a variety of reasons
I now use (C10) SD cards.
They are much faster to upload download than USB sticks
8 gb for $6.00
16 gb for $9.00
Plus if it's a business, just include the cost into your price, label them
and give a rebate if they return it.
Or, get 100 of them private-labeled with your business name by one of
those places that sells promotional items. Then it becomes a frequent
reminder for your customers, to come on back and spend more money with
1. Put the photos into an encrypted .zip file with a prearranged
2. Upload the .zip file to a file share service such as
SendSpace.com. They have free and paid accounts, depending on the
volume that you need.
3. Email the link to the uploaded .zip file to your clients. They can
then download and extract the photos.
I do the above with sensitive tax/financial data all the time and it
I like this idea, unfortunately, if my colleagues want to open a file on
their smartphone, they wouldn't be able to unzip them.
One of my main focus is to make it as easy as possible for the other guys to
view. If I can eliminate them requiring the need to download anything onto a
computer or smartphone, the better. Opening an email or clicking a link is
probably the best option.
I've already told you.
Open a free account on fileden.com and upload your shit there.
You'll be given a coded URL for each file that you can e-mail to
who-ever you want. They click on the link and they'll be able to
download the file.
If the file is a jpg, then when they click the link their browswer
should automatically download render the image - no questions asked.
They can then use what-ever file-saving options are in their browser to
"save as file".
A better solution IMO is to set up a domain name and server just for you.
It is not expensive, hosting at JustHost is only $3.75/month for new
accounts, one year refundable in advance. They can also set up a domain
name (meanie.net for example). You can then create folders - password
protected or not - and individual files within those folders, also password
protected or not.
In your case, I could see individual folders for individual clients; each
client would have their own password and could access all files in their
folder at any time. If they were just occasional clients, you could put all
files in one folder and password protect the file; you could change the
password and send them the new one whenever you wish.
Tutorial on password protecting...
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