File Sharing - Internet/Network File Sharing
Definition: Filesharing in
computer networking involves copying files from one computer
to another using a live network connection. File sharing is
sometimes called "file swapping."
Peer to peer (P2P) file sharing is the most popular form of
swapping files. P2P file sharing involves downloads of music,
video and other files over the Internet. Numerous free P2P
software "client" programs exist to enable this kind of
file sharing (see sidebar). File sharing is legal on the
Internet as long as copyright laws are obeyed.
Microsoft Windows also supports a form of P2P file sharing.
The operating system contains built-in features specific to
file sharing on a Windows LAN. Home network users often use
Windows file sharing to copy pictures or documents between
Other file sharing technologies exist.
For example, allows files to be obtained from a central
server computer by any client computer having security
access. Several free FTP client programs are also available
for download on the Internet.
Also Known As: file swapping