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What is a virtual data room (and why would I need one)?

Picture this: a supercharged secret clubhouse for your confidential files and important documents. This is what a virtual data (VDR) room is like. Think of it as a digital fortress – but way more exciting.

It’s the place where you bring together all the cool kids (or, you know, the people who need access) to collaborate on top-secret projects and share sensitive information.

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A VDR ‘clubhouse’ has all the cool stuff at your fingertips. But, instead of a rope ladder and or zip line, it’s got encryption and strong access control. And here’s the super cool part: it’s all online!

VDRs have all these high-tech features that make those invited in feel safe among confidential files and documents. VDRs are a feature of DocSend, so it’s just the ticket to do the following:

  • Upload and store your files
  • Secure your documents and data
  • Organise your data in a systematised way

So, by using a VDR, you’ll be hanging out with the trusted allies of digital file and document management. It’s the best option for diligence, IPOs and other confidential projects.

It’s a serious thing. These days, digital trust is more important than ever. A survey from McKinsey shows 53% of respondents will only choose a company with a reputation for protecting data.

Trust builds growth, and if you or your business want to work with any kind of sensitive data – you really need to think about using a VDR.

How does a secure virtual data room work?

You can access your VDR anywhere, anytime. Whether you’re in your pyjamas, sipping on a cup of coffee at home or out and about in your favourite coffee shop – the secret clubhouse holding all your precious data is just a few clicks away.

Let’s break down how VDRs do this. It’s typically by utilising the following key features:

  • State-of-the-art encryption
  • Strict access control
  • Versatile permission settings

Oh, and did we mention the collaboration features?

You can leave comments, discuss projects and work on files in real time. It’s like a secure virtual brainstorming session, and all the cool kids are coming along to bring their creative moves.

DocSend blends security, analytics and more in an easy-to-use VDR. Interested? Learn about DocSend’s powerful VDR features.

What is a virtual data room used for?

VDRs have almost limitless uses, from fundraising in a start-up, securing board comms, getting feedback on pitches and much more.

A VDR has all the bells and whistles you need to keep prying eyes out, so naturally they’re good for things like:

  • Keeping documents secure, such as for government files and medical records
  • Storing documents and files in a central location, like during mergers and other transactions
  • Housing large volumes of data for easy access between multiple parties
  • Reviewing, finding or tracking documents across devices – without using extra software
  • Collaborating efficiently in larger organisations or on complex projects with tons of data

DocSend is a powerful collaboration tool that delivers all of the above, with VDRs just a small part of its incredible performance. You can try it for free to do everything we list above – or more.

Whether it’s new contracts, litigation, IP management, audits for property sales, leasing transactions or a cure for diseases – you and your team can work on it securely in a VDR.

A screenshot of a virtual data room in DocSend called ‘Funding Divide Research’, showing a few documents ready to use in the space.

Got a project that could use some privacy?

DocSend lets you increase control and visibility, with document tracking and real-time analytics. It’s secure, accessible and designed to make you and your data feel like rock stars.

Don’t just take our word for it though, here’s what others have to say about using DocSend:

With the competition we face, we welcome any and all strategic intel we can get our hands on. I love that I can see when a client spends time with our proposal because it allows me to be more strategic in my role – helping to prioritise my time and ensure I’m focusing on the right deals.

Ryan Froats, Director of Partnerships, Quartz


When is a VDR better than a shared folder?

VDRs are better than shared folders when security and privacy are important. VDRs are the best option for storing and accessing sensitive files that require regular use by a select group. VDRs are also the better option when features like permissions, analytics or collaboration are important – as file-sharing apps don’t usually have these capabilities. 

What should be in a virtual data room?

Files, documents and data are what go in a data room, usually when they need a lot of security. Many people, such as those in HR, work with confidential files all day, so they can store files and collaborate in a VDR almost always. Other people, such as start-ups during funding rounds, may work on shared/confidential files less frequently – so they will store or access relevant documents in a VDR only when necessary.

What is the difference between a physical data room and a virtual data room?

Both work on the same fundamentals, but the physical data room stores the files or information in a physical space – VDRs do it online. Physical data rooms were common before the internet, but now virtual data rooms provide a much more cost-efficient, trackable and practical method of document collaboration.

How secure are virtual data rooms?

VDRs require access using data storage software like Dropbox, so they have state-of-the-art security. Additional permissions, access settings and certifications can also enhance security, so you can keep data secure even when complex requirements for who can see/access it are necessary. VDRs are much more secure than using email, storing files on a computer or using a shared folder for your files.

How can I make a free data room?

By using your Dropbox account, you can try DocSend for free and make a VDR. Dropbox customers can sign in using their existing Dropbox account and new users can create a DocSend account to start their 14-day trial. The ease of use, data security and data storage features of Dropbox make it one of the best virtual data rooms available.

What is the purpose of a virtual data room?

VDRs exist to keep files or documents secure, let multiple parties access them and provide an online database for confidential information. VDRs are useful as a secure storage and distribution centre for all types of documents, especially during critical periods of due diligence processes – where multiple parties need to use the data.

Use DocSend to create a virtual data room

So, that’s the virtual data room, the place where your data gets to let its hair down, mingle with the right crowd and party responsibly. And DocSend is a superb way to do it!

Fancy encryption gives you the power to decide who gets to boogie with your data. You’ll never send an attachment again and you’ll streamline all your work with secure document sharing.