File sharing

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1 Definition

File sharing refers to the providing and receiving of digital files over a network. Today, most often file sharing refers to sharing files on a personal computers with the world via P2P technology. But in more general sense, file sharing can happen in various ways and permissions.

There exist several solutions:

  • peer-to-peer (P2P) models, where the files are stored on and served by personal computers of the users.
  • File upload/download systems (e.g. FTP servers or portalware) that offers file sharing functionalities, usually with restricted permissions for upload.
  • Web services, that allow to store files and that can be retrieved by a user or invited people

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