Matthew wants to know if DropBox is secure. Leo says that DropBox encrypts data to protect it, but they also hold the encryption keys. Still, it's pretty affordable. And if users are worried about them having encryption keys, they can encrypt their data before uploading to DropBox. There are also three different levels of permissions for sharing, so that adds to security. Leo also recommends Google Drive.
Heather is receiving a file from her son, but she can't open it. Leo says that if he is sharing a file from Google Drive, he'll have to share the file with someone through their Gmail address so they can view it. Even with an attachment through Google, the file may have saved to his Google Drive and users have to be logged in in order to open it. Probably better to set it to let anyone view it.
Now that Windows has killed Workgroups, what's the best way to share files for his network? Leo says that file sharing is still available in Windows through File Explorer. But make sure you share with permissions to keep your network secure. What about a NAS? Leo says that a NAS will work, but they can get expensive with having to buy enclosures separate from the drives the data is housed in.
Charles got a new Eero mesh router all set up (Eero is a sponsor of the TWiT Network), but now he gets a warning that his router can be seen online. Leo says that the best thing a router can do is be invisible by not responding to any online queries. It's called Stealth Mode. That's what GRC's Shields Up will test. Most routers have PING turn on by default. But you can turn it off in the security settings. Also, turn off universal plug n play and file sharing.
Gary wants to know more about FireFox Send for sending files up to 1GB (or 2.5GB for those with Firefox acct) in size. First of all, it's free! Firefox Send also has a timed delete, so after a set amount of time, the file disappears from the server. Users can also encrypt and send the password to the recipient.
Dan wants to be able to transmit his movies over his network, but he can't see the drive he has hooked up to the router. Leo says that it sounds like the drive is set to Read-only through the Asus router Dan uses. It also depends on his file sharing settings in Windows. ScooterX says that Windows uses SMB, which is the most common file sharing standard. Heres a tech note on how (asus.com). But it will likely be very slow.
Gary wants a way to share files on a one-time basis. He found a program called 1AV Share, but it wants to open a port. Leo says he shouldn't use that. It's not secure. Leo recommends Resilio Sync. When he shares a file, it will send a code and using the code, it will share the data securely. DropBox is another option. Citrix ShareFile is great if he needs to be HIPPA compliant.
Lawrence finally took the dive and bought a Mac and an iPad. He's managed to put home movies on his computer in MP4 format. But they're huge at 1.90GB each. How can he share them with the family? Leo says that's about right, although he could make them smaller if he was willing to sacrifice some quality. Either way, he won't be able to email them. Leo says that the best option is to upload his videos to YouTube. Then he can send them a link which he can share with others. He can make the videos public or private.
Clyde wants to know if iCloud works on Windows. Leo says that Apple does have an iCloud app for Windows, but he's not a huge fan. In fact, he doesn't like iCloud in general. To share data, there are far better solutions including Microsoft's OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox. Those are far better options for sharing files.
Dave has files that he shares on OneDrive for Business that are also linked to Sharepoint, but that account isn't available anymore. Leo says the problem is that OneDrive is looking for the link because it's still enabled in OneDrive. Dave will need to go into the OneDrive settings and disable that link.