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Friday, August 24, 2007

Share Your Folders With FolderShare

I've used all kinds of file-sharing programs, some primarily handle a particular type of file such as Hello the image sharing program, or Grouper used for sending huge files back and forth. Well this program also allows the sharing of files, and like the others, this has its own features and attributes, some of which are quite impressive. The best feature of all is that the program is totally accessible.

With Foldershare you can share, download and even synchronize folders on multiple PCs at the same time. Wow! In addition to this. the program has laid out a "Hold your hand" tutorial that will give anyone a sense of confidence with any chosen procedure.

"Sounds great," you say, "so how do you use it?" Well, to start off, you need to download the program. After you have properly installed it you will then need to create an account. This is a simple process which entails a name, email, and password, and presto, you're registered. One unique thing about Foldershare is that you can create more than one account for one PC and create the same account on multiple PC's. This helps you to take advantage of some of the procedures: there is an example or two of these towards the end of this article.

Once you have an account set up you may feel a little like a fish out of water, so, like I always say, go check out the HELP file. This will give you everything you'll ever need to know about the program. Since I know a lot of you have firewalls there is definitely some material that may be of interest to you in the HELP file concerning allowing certain services to pass. This shouldn't be too much of a problem for those of you who have your firewall set to prompt you when any new programs/services attempt to access the Internet.

There are also some considerations you may want to keep in mind as far as security goes with this program. With Foldershare you can potentially peruse through other's PC's (accounts you may become affiliated with by setting up or joining groups). This is only with certain options in place, but is a legitimate concern, so watch how you set Foldershare up-don't give anyone your password and maybe even shut it down when not in use. Follow these guidelines and you should be safe, and please read the HELP file for any clarification.

The same reason I warned you about the potential security risk, is also one of the coolest features of this program. What I'm talking about is the ability to log into two, three, four PC's with the same user account and have instant or manual folder synchronization. For example, let's say you're on vacation and you're running out of memory card space for your audio files, and you happen to have your laptop with you. If you left your PC on at home you could hook your portible MP3 recording device to your laptop, log on to your Foldershare account (if you have internet access at your hotel or are in a wireless hotspot) and Sync up the folders. You could even do it twice to two different folders for security through redundancy and then format your memory card/stick for more audio files.

Foldershare really is a cool program. Take a little time to get comfortable with it and you'll love it. You know this may also be nice for those of you who have two places where you stay throughout the year-you can keep everything up-to-date on both ends. This program, coupled with Deskman, a little imagination and configuration and you could really have a secure environment in which to transfer files from one location to the other no matter where you are. How cool is that?

Click this link to visit the Folder Share home page to get more information, or to download the application:

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