Giganews Adds File Sharing to Dump Truck
Giganews offers a variety of services beyond USENET access and the company is now offering public sharing on their Dump Truck file storage service. This allows users to use the popular file sharing service as a cloud storage option, with quite a few security enhancements that go beyond what such offerings typically include.
Golden Frog, the company that operates both Giganews and Dump Truck, decided to emphasize security in this particular offering. Users will be able to share documents through public links, which can be provided with password security. These links can also be made to expire after a certain time period.
In addition to this, users can track the amount of download activity for anyone of their files utilizing a web application included with the Dump Truck product. This makes it easy to determine whether or not there is some sort of a security problem by simply analyzing the amount of downloads and bandwidth utilized.
Using the Service
The Dump Truck file sharing service is easily accessed through the standard interface. By simply selecting the appropriate options, users can set up links to their files, link to their folders and perform all of the related security tasks.
Dump Truck is offered as a free addition with any account on the Giganews service. The amount of storage provided is dependent upon the package that you purchase. Packages with storage capacities of as much as one terabyte are available. Users who have the Diamond level Giganews account get 30 gigabytes of storage included with their membership; users of any other account get five gigabytes of storage included with it.
The service is compatible with applications that allow the user to view their storage space as a separate drive on their computer or, alternately, the service can be accessed online with a browser-based interface. Drag and drop functionality is also supported.
Dump Truck also comes with 256 bit AES encryption for all the files stored on the system. Encryption prevents the files from being accessed by anybody without the proper credentials. The hard drives are owned by Golden Frog itself and transfers are made using 256 bit SSL when you are uploading or downloading from the service.
Private and public sharing services will both be available soon but, for the moment, public sharing is the only one available. With the extra security measures in place, however, the security is generally quite good.