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Safe File Sharing

If you need to have access to the files on your computer when you are away from it, or you want to give someone access to some of the files on your computer, this can be done with file sharing. However, unless it is done correctly, it can leave your computer vulnerable to access by unintended persons or viruses.

Rules of Safe File Sharing

  • Only share those files that you need to share,
  • Limit the access to only the people that need to have access,
  • Limit the time to only the time that the sharing is necessary, and
  • Never share your entire drive.

You should also be aware that sharing copyrighted files is a violation of U.S. Copyright laws. If you have any questions about whether the materials in the folders on your hard drive are copyrighted, you should determine if they are, who the copyright owner is, and whether you have the copyright holder's permission to share those files prior to turning on file sharing.

If you have any questions, or need some assistance setting up safe file sharing:


Last Updated: 10/24/14