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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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                                          Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                                          1. Zoho Notebook
                                            If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
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                                            The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
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                                            For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
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