Avoid Losing Important Information by Upgrading How You Share Large Files
You’ve likely had the frustrating experiencing of trying to send large files via email, or being unable to access a file sent via FTP. Scientists have put a man on the moon, but this basic office function still seems to be a mystery.
You’re likely familiar with Google Drive and Dropbox, but we’re sharing some alternatives you may not have heard of for large file sharing. Each product listed below has different features that may appeal to your organization’s needs. Consider which product may be right for you and your organization.
Microsoft SharePoint Online
SharePoint is a Microsoft product for organizations to create websites. It’s also a place where teams can store, organize, share and access information from wherever they are, on any device.
SharePoint Online is one of several SharePoint products. It is a cloud-based service allowing users to create sites to share documents and information with teammates, partners and customers. Microsoft hosts the service as part of their Office 365 product.
Smash is a simple file sharing site that makes it easy for recipients to preview and download your files. Smash has a free option that allows you to send files without size limits, where they’re available for 14 days and available via password protection. They also have premium and a team plan for up to five members; both plans allow you to add a custom URL, logo and waiting message to personalize your links.
FireFox Send, like the FireFox browser, is a Mozilla product. It provides simple, private file sharing through its easy drag-and-drop interface. Users can send files up to 1GB without an account, or up to 2.5 GB upon registering. FireFox Send features end-to-end encryption and the link automatically expires, so your files are protected.
TeraShare is a lightweight file share application available for free (they have one ad on their app page for revenue generation). It is unique from other file sharing sites because it uses the P2P bittorrent protocol to transfer files from your computer to the recipient’s. This makes sharing almost instant because it skips the cloud upload step. There is no file size limit; however, recipients are unable to access files over 10 GB if you (the sender) shut off your computer because that is where the file is stored. Files under 10 GB are stored in TeraShare’s cloud.
Although WeTransfer performs its job well as a file-sharing site, its homepage does more than offer a spot for uploading and sharing. It also features visually engaging content linking to their blog WePresent, which features profiles of artists and their work. WeTransfer’s mission is making creativity easier for all, and they allow users unlimited file transfers (up to 2 GB per transfer) for free. There is also a WeTransfer Plus option, which adds password protection, 20 GB per transfer, 100 GB of storage and customization options to brand your file sharing.
MediaFire allows you to access your files from anywhere. Their interface includes a player that makes it easier to watch or listen to files in over 200 different formats from your browser. The free version allows 10GB of storage, while the premium version offers 1 TB of space and removes ads.
Until we figure out how to send large files as email attachments, make the file sharing user experience easier for your team and clients by considering one of these platforms.