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Is the Fax Dead? Or is Fax Exchange the Way to Go?

A long, very long, time ago, I was told that the fax was dead. I suppose that was a bit optimistic, especially when you consider snail mail was also supposed to be dead and today still is as popular as ever, and email hasn’t taken over.

So what do you know about faxing? You take a piece of paper, transcode it into digital format, send it over a phone line to another fax machine to reverse the process. Not exactly rocket science I suppose, but when it was first introduced, it was groundbreaking. Now another method of faxing, the fax exchange is poised to add to the longevity of the fax.

I can remember several years ago trying to find a method of faxing via email, this was before anything like this existed, and was from a unix machine, so we’re talking about over a decade ago now. Nothing happened from it, and the project died out to be replaced by another.

What is a fax exchange exactly then? Ok so you can send an email to a fax number; the online fax exchange servers get that email and then send it to the fax number. This is all done over the cloud, the online service that runs the fax sending. You can be assured of many multiples of lines to handle incoming emails to send faxes out.

I think if I were to use this, I would have an important question, what about security? Can I be assured that my fax is sent then gone, no trace of it? Interestingly, yes, you can set an option todelete the fax when it’s sent! You can also set all sorts of options using fax exchange, encrypting the faxes and even authenticating senders to make sure only you use your account.

And another interesting feature of this fax exchange service, you can defer sending up to 30 days, specifying date and time as well as how many times you want to try to send the fax.

One final thing I wanted to cover. You only pay for what you send, and in this day and age, one of the most important.

This has been a sponsored post, but my opinions and thoughts are totally my own.



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