Sharing data files across the Internet


If your data is confidential or subject to Human Subjects restrictions, you should not send your media or image files to others via e-mail, FTP, or HTTP download. Those methods of transferring data through the Internet are not secure.

Fortunately, a number of services have arisen in the past few years that help with secure sharing of large files. Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, iDrive, and iCloud are the most well-known of these services, although there are many others.

Transana does provide a built-in solution that allows the secure, encrypted transfer of large media files using the Internet. Transana’s File Management tool provides a mechanism for connecting to a Secure File Transfer Protocol (sFTP) Server, which facilitates the secure transfer of confidential data. See File Management for more information. This option requires that you have access to an sFTP server with adequate storage for your files.