Why should you pay for a Virtual Data Room when file sharing platforms as Dropbox or Box.net or Google Docs are free? When it comes to sharing important confidential documents, it’s important to be able to distinguish between these different online services. The short answer is that they were built for different purposes. VDR’s have advanced capabilities tailored for secure transactional work, while consumer type services cater to the common user. If you are managing an enterprise, you would be unlikely to want to leave information on something that is designed for individuals. Here, we examine the factors you should consider when choosing between using Dropbox or a virtual data room:
Built with a higher level of security required to run an enterprise, there is good reason why virtual data rooms are used by banks and government agencies. Virtual Datarooms main foundation is security while consumer based services are based on ease of use and mass adoption with security many times as an afterthought. As a matter of fact, there have been significant high profile security breaches in most of the consumer focused companies.
Virtual data rooms allow you to remotely control users rights to documents after they have been uploaded; so that if a deal ends or a user is removed from a project, you can lock down access to the document he has saved. In addition to other basic security measures, some data rooms also let users add a personalized watermark to their documents and block the “print screen” key for viewers.