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remote file access for non-staff - FTP? VPN?

I have a client that wants to give certain outsiders  access to certain folders. What's the most secure way this could be done?  FTP? VPN? Would it be better to farm out either to a third party?  Any other options?
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It all depends on your setup.
Are the files/folders located on a network server of some sort ?
Depending on the type of server you may be able to setup vpn on the server and the appropriate user permissions to grant access to only the files needed. It all depends where the files are located.
lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
There is no setup now. We can put the files anywhere - we can setup whatever way makes it the most secure - internal, external, FTP, VPN, whatever. We just need to know why one would be more secure than the other and then we will go for that.
The best way would be to setup some sort of network server (ie windows small business server or windows server 2003) place the files on that server in a shared folder.
Configure remote access via VPN for remote users
Grant the users who require access permissions to the files.

FTP is NOT secure.  passwords are transmitted unencrypted.

VPN is the only way to go. Microsoft include VPN software with their servers and windows XP clients have the VPN client built in.


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