File Drop

Convenient and secure file exchange for enterprises

The File Drop feature in Nextcloud Files enables customers, patients, clients or partners to upload files for you in a secure cloud folder you shared through a hyperlink.

Easy and personal

Send files and folders with just a few clicks to one or multiple customers. Create personal links for them to upload data to you.

Ultimate security

Files are securely transferred and stored on your own infrastructure, without any third party ever gaining access.

IT stays in control

The IT department enforces rules and limitations on password & expiration dates, access by IP, file type or size and more.

Key features

  • Attractive, easy interface
  • Unlimited shares and upload folders
  • Show/hide existing files
  • Edit/rename without link change
  • (Push) notifications
  • pdf/video/image preview
  • Templated sharing emails
  • Mobile and desktop clients
  • Read only/write permissions
  • File retention
  • Comprehensive audit tracking
  • Anti-virus scanning
  • Password protection
  • Expiration date
  • Encryption at rest & in transit
  • Data remains on-premise
  • Your own server = under your control
  • HIPAA, GLBA, NERC CIP, SOX, PCI compliance

How it works

Easy creation of secure upload point

To create an upload link, select any folder as target for upload by customers by enabling file upload in a folder share and choosing File Drop (upload only). This hides the existing content of the folder from the share recipient, providing a secure upload target.

You can now share this link to your customer, partner or user!

Convenient and personal

Your client will be able to upload files to your server in a secure and easy manner. You receive a notification of new files in your upload folder and proceed to process the data. At the end you provide the result in a separate folder for your client to download securely. At all time your data and that of your clients is protected by industry-leading security measures!

Unique links for each customer

Rather than creating a single upload link, you can also have customized links by entering a customer email address and then enabling File Drop (upload only). Your client receives an email with instructions on where to securely upload their files and if you chose to add one, the password in a separate email. You can have both a shared link and multiple, unique email links with each their own password, expiration date and access rights. The password email can be disabled in the admin sharing settings for even more security-sensitive data where a secure second channel (like a secure video call) has to be used for the password.

IT stays in control

The system administrator can rest assured that all interactions follow the rules and requirements set by the company with regards to passwords, expiration dates and of course the limitations enforced by the Nextcloud File Access Control feature.

Data remains, at all times, on-premise, under full authority of IT. File Drop supports a wide range of storage technologies including NFS, SMB and Windows Network Drive, Sharepoint, Object Storage and many more. Learn more about External Storage here.

Integrated virus scanning

Nextcloud offers an optional virus scanning tool, capable of using multiple back-ends. The free ClamAV tool is available, while in partnership with Kaspersky, their on-premises Kaspersky Scan Engine can be used to scan uploaded files for malware.

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