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20 Online File Sharing Tools You Should be Using

20 Online File Sharing Tools You Should be Using

I still remember the first time I tried to share a large file with a friend as an attachment and my email was rejected. Anybody who has tried this understands the problems that are involved. Before sending a file, you have to make sure that you are meeting the upper limit requirement on a file size to send an email.

In the past, you had few file sharing tools to choose from to distribute files that were too large for your email to handle. You could share large file by purchasing web-hosting space, you could copy the information onto a disc or USB drive and drop that in an envelope, or you could use legacy transport protocol.

These days there are many free file sharing tools available that offer tons of storage and bandwidth for your online file-sharing. Here are some free file sharing tools sites that you might consider to share files with your friends or colleagues through the Internet.

1. Dropbox

Dropbox offers online file sharing with local storage and syncing. Dropbox can be used exclusively as a web-based file-sharing tool to easily share files with yourself or friends by uploading and organizing files in folders.

Max file size: Unlimited | Registration: Yes | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: Yes |

    2. PipeBytes

    PipeBytes is a free web-based online service that gives you the freedom to share files with your friends. To share files online PipeBytes only needs a web browser. Rather than sitting on somebody’s server, send music, movies, presentations or any other files directly from your machine to anybody.

    Max file size: Unlimited | Registration: No | Premium account: No | Password Protection: No |

      3. SendThisFile

      SendThisFile allows you to easily send and receive large files to and from anyone, anywhere. It allows you to share free files via email without any size limit.

      Max file size: Unlimited | Registration: Yes | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: Yes |

        4. Files2U

        Files2U is another free web service that permits you to share files online without having to sign up. This web service shares files using file encryption methods, which make the file available for a period of 48 hours on the website. Files will be automatically deleted once that period is over.

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        Max file size: 3GB| Registration: No | Premium account: No | Password Protection: Tracking Number

          5. MediaFire

          MediaFire gives multiple levels of options for file sharing. This file sharing tool enables site-to-site transfer to your MediaFire account, allows editable Dropbox folders, and offers direct file linking. With a basic account you can upload files up to 200MB; with a premium account you can boost the file capacity to 2GB per file.

          Max file size: 200MB| Registration: Yes | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: No |

            6. Pando

            Pando syndicates safe P2P file transfers with email attachments, enabling you to send any file to any email address quickly, easily and for free.

            Max file size: 1GB | Registration: Yes | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: Yes |

              7. MailBigFile

              MailBigFile is a fast and simple way to send large files to a single email recipient. The MailBigFile website page loads in seconds where, to select your file, you have to enter recipient’s email address along with yours.

              Max file size: 300Mb | Registration: No | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: No |

                8. Box

                Box is also a valuable option for anyone looking for a file sharing service. The online file storage allows you to securely share file through a link–within or outside the company. Box has many unique features that aren’t available in other file-syncing services; it also provide a decent 5GB free storage space to start.

                Max file size: 5GB | Registration: Yes | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: Yes |

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                  9. Senduit

                  Senduit is a simple file sharing service allowing users to upload files and share links with their friends. Using Senduit you can also set an expiration on each link. The expiration times range from 30 minutes to one week.

                  Max file size: 100MB | Registration: No | Premium account: No | Password Protection: No |

                    10. File Dropper

                    File Dropper is another streamlined free file hosting site that will host your files up to 5GB. Their file sharing service is also very easy to use.

                    Max file size: 5GB | Registration: No | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: No

                      11. Drop.io

                      Confidentially send your files and upload through “drops.” You can create a specific account with a guest password. It allows users to speedily create “drops,” which might contain any sort files, and can be retrieved over the internet.

                      Max filesize: 100Mb | Registration: No | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: Yes |

                        12. Driveway

                        Powered by iDrive Online Backup, this free online file sharing service allows users to share files up to a maximum limit of 500MB.

                        Max file size: 500MB | Registration: No | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: No |

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                          13. 4Shared

                          4Shared is a commonly used cloud service system, which gives users the freedom to store their files on the cloud and send them.

                          Max file size: 100MB/file, 5GB total | Registration: Yes | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: No |

                            14. Wikisend

                            Using this service, you can upload and download lots of files but with a limited upload storage option. Wikisend is a free file sharing tool without any registration.

                            Max file size: 100MB | Registration: No | Premium account: No | Password Protection: Yes |

                              15. Streamfile

                              Streamfile is a good looking file sharing tool, which is easy to use and delivers the data quickly, wherever you are in the world.

                              Max file size: 4GB | Registration: No | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: No |

                                16. Minus

                                A personal favorite and widely used file sharing service, Minus is used because of its flexibility and user-friendliness, plus the storage capacity. You just have to drag-and-drop the file, which could include your documents, images,music and videos.

                                Max file size: 10GB | Registration: Yes | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: No |

                                  17. Dropcanvas

                                  Dropcanvas delivers a simple drag-and-drop method to upload your file and produce a short link to share with friends. This service does not require any registration. You can get unlimited storage of 5GB per canvas. Unknown uploads last for a minimum of 60 days.

                                  Max file size: 5GB | Registration: No | Premium account: No | Password Protection: Yes |

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                                    18. Google Drive

                                    With Google Drive you can make new documents, spreadsheets and presentations. You can even share the files with others. You can also control who can see, change or comment on your content.

                                    Max file size: 15GB | Registration: Yes | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: Yes |

                                      19. WeTransfer

                                      WeTransfer is a quick file sharing tool that allows up to 2GB per transfer in a simple, secure background. To send files, you just have to type the email address of the recipient along with your own email address. In WeTransfer, you can also easily share through social media by using the Share button.

                                      Max file size: 2GB | Registration: No | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: No |

                                        20. Dropsend

                                        Using Dropsend you can share large files and is an ideal online file sharing service for sending .DOC, .JPG, .PDF and audio files in a secure way. Dropsend allows you to back up and save important data, so you can access it anywhere.

                                        Max file size: 4GB | Registration: Yes | Premium account: Yes | Password Protection: Yes |

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                                          Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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                                          Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                                          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                          Joe’s Goals

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                                            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                            Daytum

                                              Daytum

                                              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                              Excel or Numbers

                                                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                                Evernote

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                                                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                  Access or Bento

                                                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                    Conclusion

                                                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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