Are you struggling to send large files over the internet? Need a free of cost solution to your file-sharing needs?
Most email service providers do not allow you to send more than 25MB of data over the email. Emails are great when sending tiny text files or low-resolution images, but they are useless when it comes to sending large files(more than 25MB).
Here are the 5 best ways to send large files.
1. File compression software
Compressing the large files will reduce the size of the files. Once, the size is reduced, you can mail the zip file to your desired destination or upload it to Google Drive.
An open-source file compressions software like 7-zip also lets you compress and email it with a single click of a button. Moreover, you can also send the file locally over a LAN by giving access to specific people on the same network.
2. VPN(Virtual Private Network)
A VPN allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the internet. As a result, you can send and receive data across shared or public networks as you were directly connected to the private network.
You must already have used a VPN extension on your internet browser to access region-restricted websites or hide your browsing history from your employer. But the file-sharing feature is less used as most of us are not aware of it. Now, you can send and receive file over your network without any bandwidth restrictions.
3. Free file sharing service
There are plenty of trustworthy file-sharing services available online that you can use for free. Most of these services offer a freemium package to novice users. OneDrive, MediaFire, DropBox, RapidShare, etc are some of the most popular ones on the internet.
To get started, all you need to do is create a new account it login with your Gmail/Facebook credentials. They won’t ask you for any personal information or fees upfront.
Ordinarily, Gmail users use Google Drive and Microsoft account holders go for Onedrive. Both services are equally good, in my opinion. Google gives you 15GB of free space per account. You can create multiple accounts and use more storage space.
4. USB flash drive
In this list of ways to send large files, this is one of the fastest and safest options. Safest, because, you don’t have to upload your files on the internet. Hence, there is no chance of someone stealing or peeking into your data.
Just connect a high-storage-capacity(10-50GB) flash drive to your PC and transfer the files within seconds. Pass on the flash drive to whoever you want to share the data with.
5. File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
For those who are tech-savvy, FTP is one of the best ways to send and receive large files. FTP solutions like FileZilla are very popular among software developers as they use it to make changes to the project located on a remote server. To use FTP to send large files, you do need credentials of the remote desktop or machine. Once you have permission, you can send multiple files with a single click of a button.
As great as these free file sharing methods may seem like, they are not fully reliable to send highly sensitive material like banking information, digital signatures, credit card information, etc.
Hackers constantly strive to find ingenious ways to send malware via these peer-to-peer file-sharing services, so even the person at the receiving end is at risk. Make sure you and the file receiver is using a proper antivirus or anti-malware software.