Best/Secure P2P File Sharing Solution?
Posted on 2004-04-01
I'm looking for an easy, yet safe way to share a couple of files with a friend of mine. We run a server (I am the webmaster, he has no clue about technical stuff) and host a couple of websites that we both live from. I want to be able to place important files (program files, how-to instructions, passwords, etc.) into a shared folder so he has access to all the relevant information when I'm not around. His machine runs Win98, mine Win2k - please note that these are just private computers, NOT servers.
One idea was to use the Microsoft Network Client to set up a real shared folder that we both have access to. The downside to this might be that - in general - it might not be a good idea to open up a private computer to networking at all if this can be avoided. (I would assume that this generally increases vulnerability, as opposed to a machine that is GENERALLY not supposed to be accessed from the outside.)
The other idea was to simply email him all this information and have it automatically sorted to some special folder within Outlook Express. (Outlook Express however isn't regarded as a safety haven either, and I would assume that information that is stored within OE is more in danger than information stored elsewhere on the computer - just thinking of possible viruses that just grab random mails and forward them to random users. Or am I wrong here?)
Some input/opinions would be appreciated! If you were in my situation, would you favor one of the two solutions, or do you have a different idea? (Please keep in mind that a solution should be simple and convenient above all, security is an issue - and the reason for this post - but we are not a Swiss bank.) Thanks!