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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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                                          20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                          20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                          Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                                          There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                                          This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

                                          What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

                                          Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

                                          • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
                                          • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
                                          • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

                                          1. Todoist

                                            Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                                            Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                                            If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                                            Download: Todoist

                                            2. 1Password

                                              You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                                              1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                                              You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                                              Download: 1Password

                                              3. Bear

                                                Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                                It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                                                Download: Bear

                                                4. Hazel

                                                  Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                                  For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                                  Download: noodlesoft

                                                  5. Alfred

                                                    Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                                    For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                                    It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                                    Download: Alfred

                                                    6. TextExpander

                                                      TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                                      For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                                      An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                                      Download: TextExpander

                                                      7. Backblaze

                                                        If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                                        Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                                        Download: Backblaze

                                                        8. Keyboard Maestro

                                                          Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                                          Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                                          9. Snagit

                                                            There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                                            Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                                            10. Bartender

                                                              Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                                              If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                                              Download: Bartender

                                                              11. Otter

                                                              Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                                              Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                                              Download: Otter

                                                              12. Flux

                                                                Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                                Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                                                Download: Flux

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                                                                13. PDFpen

                                                                If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                                PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                                Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                                14. OmniFocus

                                                                  OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                                  It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                                  A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                                  Download: OmniFocus

                                                                  15. Franz

                                                                    It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                                    Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                                    Download: Franz

                                                                    16. MindNode

                                                                      If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                                      The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                                      Download: MindNode

                                                                      17. Focus

                                                                        The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                                                        This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                                        Download: Focus

                                                                        18. CleanMyMac

                                                                          Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                                          Download: CleanMyMac

                                                                          19. Grammarly

                                                                            A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                                            This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                                            A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                                            Download: Grammarly

                                                                            Focus To Do

                                                                              Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                                                              There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                                                              Download: Focus To Do

                                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                                              These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                                              Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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