File sharing

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

file swappingAlternatively referred to as file swapping, file sharing is the accessing or sharing of files by one or more users. File sharing is performed on computer networks as an easy and quick way to transmit data. For example, a user may share an instruction document on his computer that is connected to a corporate network allowing all other employees to access and read that document.

What was the first file sharing network?

Although it was not initially created to share files, Usenet is considered the first file sharing network.

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