DID YOU KNOW?
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) - the same protocol that we are still using to this day - was first standardized in 1985. It allowed users to access the same standard network protocol. This enabled them to transfer data between computers in a safe way. The advent of the Internet and brought with it new opportunities. It gave way to the development of new emerging technologies. One such technology is peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. This enabled people to share files with the use of file-sharing programs. The programs did not offer great downloading speeds. It depended on the connection of the host computer which could be slow. BitTorrent, a protocol devised by Bram Cohen, provides a faster solution. A larger number of computers get involved in downloading a file. Each computer sharing a piece of a file that a user has requested. Once all the pieces get downloaded, they're compiled. A complete file is now made and saved to the user’s hard drive. BitTorrent becomes especially useful for transmitting large files.
Consumer cloud storage services became available in the late 2000s. Amazon, Dropbox, and iCloud were one of the first companies to offer such services. Businesses that offered services through their file sharing sites became widespread. They provide their user with a premium link generator for a small monthly fee. These premium links are shareable with anyone so they will be able to access the files. This was a popular another alternative to BitTorrent. It provided around the same download speeds.