Top 10 File Sharing Services: Which One Is The Best?

File sharing apps and services help users to share and receive multiple files from other computers or devices via Internet or a local network. These solutions can be used to share various kinds of files, such as documents, videos, and images. They are mostly used to download media files from the internet, and in office networks to share project documents. Common types of storage, transmission, and distribution include the usage of distributed peer-to-peer networking, centralized servers on computer networks, online-based hyperlinked documents, and manual sharing of transportable media. In this article we’ll take a look at top file sharing software services to help you select the best system for your needs.

1. ShareFile – Score: 9.5/10

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ShareFile won our 2016 Supreme Software Award

ShareFile is Citrix’s one-stop-shop for business file transfer which made it to the top position on our list in a significantly short time lapse. Currently, ShareFile has an admirable score of 9.5/10, and holds our platform’s most prestigious Supreme Software Award for 2016. A closer looks on its features and functionalities will explain why. In addition to great features and flexible pricing ShareFile also offers a very good free trial (with no credit card required) that allows you to try out all key components of the service. 

This system is one of the top file sharing services and the frontrunner in all aspects of file sharing, emphasizing in particular its capacity to satisfy individual and professional needs with the same flexibility, SSL/TLS 256-bit encryption, and customization level. Our experts followed its development promptly, and praised its unobstructed sharing where users get to manage transfer their own way, sync data from a variety of applications, and leverage current investments regardless of their locations. An extra bonus is that the scale or industry of the client doesn’t really matter – ShareFile was designed to satisfy everyone, which can also be concluded by its intuitive interface, mobile optimization, and most importantly – moderate pricing.

2. Dropbox Business – Score 9.2/10

With an expert score of 9.2/10, Dropbox’s Business Edition is the vice-leader in our File Sharing Software Category. It is not difficult to guess why clients trust and adore this system, most of it having nothing to do with its really moderate pricing. Despite of the fact it has a significantly lower customer satisfaction rate compared to ShareFile (95% to 99%), Dropbox Business still holds a Supreme Software Award, and keeps close pace with our leader in many cases.

We’d say Dropbox is foremost a functional solution – every second person has used it before, and has an individual version installed on their device. Discovering the outstanding syncing power of the system, the plethora of smooth integrations, sharing features, and dedicated support that are missing in the free package will convince you the Dropbox Business is probably one of the best transfer systems businesses out there can purchase. We recommend it especially because of its version history and unlimited recovery, priority emails, and remote account transfer. The same as in the ShareFile case, the price is the best it can get.

3. Google Drive – Score 9.0/10

Google Drive has received a SmartScore of 9.0/10 and user satisfaction rating of 95%. The app is a cloud storage service that allows you to store your files, videos, music, photos, etc. in a single location. It automatically syncs your data with all the devices linked to your account which means they immediately receive the updates and changes you make.

Google Drive also monitors the changes you made in the past 30 days, enabling you to go back and redo/undo the changes. The platform relies on Google search and uses popular Google features such as image recognition to browse your photos, and OCR capabilities to discover text in pictures.

4. Egnyte – Score: 8.9/10

Egnyte is another file transfer system that deserves businesses’ attention. With a considerable score of 8.9/10 and a user satisfaction rate of high 96%, Egnyte is another beneficial and valuable addition for businesses from various scales, looking to empower and simplify file sharing. Our experts recommend you to consider it because of its auto synchronization, cloud archiving, unlimited API integrations, and many similar out-of-the-box features.

Why have we included Egnyte in our list of top file sharing services? What we really like about this app, and we believe you will like too, is that the system allows you to create and personalize files. Using it, you can rely on the fact you’re working in a 100% protected system which responds to the highest encryption standards, and backs up both your synced originals and the copies you’ve shared with your contacts. Pricing is once again flexible to suit the needs of users with different financial capabilities.

5. Box – Score 8.9/10

Box has been given a SmartScore of 8.9/10 and user satisfaction rating of 98%. It is a file-sharing service that helps in secure collaboration from any device. You can use it to easily manage and share files across your companies. The service is used by more than 50,000 organizations worldwide including top brands like Pandora, Boston Scientific, Gap, Nationwide, and GE.

You can use Box to easily create, edit, and review documents with other users in real-time or on the go. The vendor uses protection measures like customer-managed encryption, activity logs, granular permissions, and mobile security to provide good security for the stored files. Plus, the service enables you to comply with e-discovery requests, data retention policies, and regulatory policies. It also enables global compliance by assisting your organization to meet regulatory and business requirements.

6. Apple iCloud – Score 8.8/10

Apple iCloud has been given a SmartScore of 8.8/10 and its user satisfaction rating is 97%. It is a cloud-based file-syncing and storage solution that enables users to store files in the cloud. The stored files are automatically synced to all devices in the account including both Windows and Mac PCs. The service comes with offerings such as the iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Drive, where you can keep all your files stored securely and updated everywhere. The Family Sharing feature lets you easily photos, movies, music and more with your family members. Find My iPhone helps you find your Apple device if you lose it.

Apple iCloud allows you to make folders for your files and provides online storage for Apple’s productivity apps such as Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. Setup is easy on all devices including PC, Mac, iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. If you have bought a new Apple device, you can use the setup assistant for guidance. And for other devices, getting started only needs a few quick steps.

7. SharePoint – Score 8.8/10

SharePoint gets a SmartScore of 8.8/10 and customer satisfaction rating of 97%. It is a Microsoft-hosted cloud service that enables users to store, access, share, and manage documents from all devices. The service unites traditionally separate applications such as workflow management, web content, intranet, extranet, personal cloud, business intelligence, enterprise social networking, and content management.

SharePoint enables browser-based document management and collaboration to streamline access to relevant data. The platform can also be used as an information portal that can be configured to operate high-quality internet websites. It was originally launched in 2013 to serve Office 365’s distribution purposes, but has developed as a role model cloud software that is used by many third party vendors.

 8. Dropbox – Score 8.7/10

After a thorough analysis of the all the leading apps in the file sharing category our experts selected Dropbox as the top product for its robust features and many benefits. They have given it the highest SmartScore of 8.7/10 based on its main functionalities such as ease of use, collaboration tools, integration, and customization. The software is well received among users as evidenced by its customer satisfaction rating of 97%. The vendor offers flexible pricing plans that can be used by organizations of all sizes.

Dropbox uses off-site servers for file storage and sharing. The solution allows you to automatically sync your files online and across the devices you use. Files can be managed as you do on your desktop. The software allows you to access your files on secure servers from multiple devices such as desktop, Mac, iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. More than 500 million users around the world have signed up to use Dropbox’s services.

9. SugarSync – Score 8.5/10

SugarSync gets a SmartScore of 8.5/10 and user satisfaction rating of 98%. It is a user-friendly file sharing, cloud storage, and online backup solution that can be used to sync files, music, and photos across any device. The service also offers collaboration tools to help companies work efficiently on team projects, show links to documents via the web, and share view-only files.

SugarSync makes it easy for users to sync and share only a few folders or entire libraries across multiple devices. The folders and files are backed up in real time, enabling all devices linked to the account to show recent changes and updates. The service is compatible with multiple computing systems including Mac, PC, iOS, and Android devices. You can start working on a document on your office computer and finish it at home on your iPad.

10. LeapFile – Score: 8.4/10

LeapFile holds an expert score of 8.4/10, but an amazing user satisfaction rate of 100%. Our SaaS team believes this number has to do with the extremely user-friendly interface and drag-and-drop mechanisms, allowing even the least tech-savvy users share files in less than no time.

For such a simple system, LeapFile has little if any storage issues, and handles precaution and security matters in an outstanding manner. In fact, there are a variety of quality checks in place to ensure data will be delivered properly, which eliminate the risk of human error as rarely which file sharing system can. Command line scripting is also available, and upload is accelerated for better performance. The drawback compared to our other suggestions is that LeapFile uses plugins to connect to third-party apps and systems, and will therefore require some coding knowledge to make it blend within your software architecture.

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  • Bifty Alex says:

    I would prefer Google Drive for online file sharing and data management because of its endless cloud storage and ease of use. The most attractive feature that I personally found interesting is its online discussion feature that allows you to take suggestion from other members on your current document.

  • David says:

    Would be interesting to know your criteria for scoring these services. I also feel it would have been good to mention which of these services can be used for people working in highly regulated industries like financial services and legal where encryption and auditing is key.

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