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There are many options for sharing files at MIT including cloud services and file transfer protocols.

Cloud Service File Sharing

You can share files with others at MIT and around the world using cloud services. MIT licenses several options.

Explore the features and costs of cloud sharing options at MIT at: Data Storage and Collaboration Options

File Transfer

Sharing files between computers and systems can be done via transfer protocols or remote access to machines. Insecure connections are not allowed on MITnet. You must transfer your files securely over the MIT network using a secure file transfer method. The secure file transfer programs supported at MIT include features like password encryption, which protects your password from being intercepted and abused by hackers on the Internet.

On Athena


To share files with one MIT colleague on Athena, the recommended solution is to create a folder with permissions that only allow that user (and presumably yourself) access to that folder.

You can find a reference to setting up permissions here.


If you would like restrict access via web browser, you need something called a file. The "How to Restrict access via https" section of this IS&T article provides a good introduction to the topic.

Getting Help

If you have questions or problems, please contact the MIT Computing Help Desk.

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June 08, 2023

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