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Check out 12 options to send files over the internet quickly, easily and securely

We have listed for you several ways to send files over the internet, either through applications or online services

Know how to share and send files over Internet, large or small, can be very useful in those situations where an image, video or presentation, for example, cannot get out of your e-mail box and there is no time to take the document personally on a USB stick. The good thing is that there are several options that allow you to send files from up to several gigabytes free.

Whether sharing only one file, through a temporary link or through a messaging service, or even sharing through a cloud service, we have prepared for you a list of the most famous free options on the market.

How to send files through sharing link

Firefox Send

Illustration of the Firefox Send logo, from Mozilla, to send files

Engaged in an increasingly intense policy in favor of data protection and privacy, the Mozilla, company responsible for the browser Firefox, created the file sharing service Firefox Send.

Image capture of the homepage for sending files from Firefox SendFirefox Send home screen

Immediately, it is possible for anyone to send files up to 1 GB, determine how many times it can be downloaded via the link and what is its deadline to expire. If you prefer, you can use your Firefox account free, which includes sharing of 2.5 GB, 7 day active links, and benefits of Mozilla like Firefox Sync, Firefox Notes, Firefox for Fire TV, among others.

Mozilla points out that all files are encrypted by default.

WeTransfer

Illustration with WeTransfer service logo

The Dutch file sharing service WeTransfer is also among the best known, allowing you to transfer files up to 2 GB free. Per $ 12 monthly about R $ 60 in the current conversion, disregarding IOF the Pro profile allows to transfer files from at 20 GB, in addition to 1 TB cloud storage.

Image capture from WeTransfer pageWeTransfer home screen. The files must be inserted in the left box.

According to the company itself, about 75% of its audience comes from the creative community, that is, people sharing original portfolios, photos, illustrations, images and videos. With this profile in mind, the company created the page WePresent. It features artists, their work and history.

Transfernow

Transfernow logo

THE Transfernow It is an interesting option because the service allows the sending of files up to 4GB to the recipient's email or by generating a share link.

This is also a free service and there is no need to register. It also has some interesting features, such as adding a password to ensure more security in the transfer, setting the transfer expiration date (which can be from 1 to 7 days), sending a reminder before the expiration and enabling or disabling the preview of the files.


How to send files through messaging applications

Whatsapp

Illustration with the WhatsApp logo

With more than 1.5 billion active users in more than 180 countries worldwide, the messenger for smartphones belonging to the Facebook provides support for transferring photos, videos, audio and files. THE Whatsapp can be accessed on the computer through the web browser, as well as through applications for Windows and macOS.

THE Whatsapp it allows the sending of any type of file, however photo and video files are compressed to consume less data. In practice, the viewing of files on the cell phone is still good, but is compromised if you need the file in standard quality, for editing or printing.

Telegram

Telegram cone

THE Telegram a less-used and less-known application for sending instant messages (compared to the Whatsapp) in Brazil. Among the many useful features of the app, is allowing the sending of large files, even exceeding the size allowed by the competitor.

Photos, videos or documents in general can reach 1.5GB and do not suffer distinction regarding their extensions. All are recognized and allowed with the same size limit. It's the Telegram it also allows you to use the desktop or web application to send files from your computer.

Skype

Skype logo illustration

Pioneer in the popularization of videoconferencing on the internet, the messenger of Microsoft has a lot to offer and be proud of. Like Skype, you can make telephone calls (charged partly, if not 0800), chats and send files on the same platform.

The multiplatform service: you can access through applications to Android, iOS, Windows and macOS, and it is also possible to connect via the web browser. Its stability and subscription plans are very competitive, and it has shown itself to be strong in the days of high demand.

iMessage

Message app on iOS demonstrating iMessage

Originally launched in October 2012, at iOS 5 (the following year replacing the iChat, like Mac OS X Mountain Lion), using the application Message and the resource iMessage simple. It is free between device users Apple, subject to data transfer fee. It is possible to send files of any kind, in addition to photographs and videos without any compression or drop in quality, which will then be stored in your account. iCloud.

through the Message app, including, that you can create your own iPhone and iPad Memoji and Animoji, being able to customize them among hundreds of available options. Other resources, such as money transfer, demonstrate the effort of the Apple to popularize your messenger, ensuring end-to-end encryption.

How to send files via a cloud

Dropbox

Dropbox illustration

THE Dropbox was one of the main responsible for the popularization of cloud file storage. At the basic level, storage of up to 2 GB. You can earn more space by inviting friends to the service: each complete registration, with installation of the program on a cell phone or computer, earns you 500 MB of bonuses, reaching up to 16 GB free and permanent.

In addition to the free package, the company offers two packages for individuals (Plus and Professional), offering from 2 TB per $ 9.99, in addition to two packages for teams (Business and Enterprise), which includes management of items shared with the team and can have unlimited storage space.

Animation showing Dropbox Transfer in action

THE Dropbox Give your file sharing resource saved in the users cloud a name: Dropbox Transfer. With a few clicks, in the browser or in the file on the computer, a link is generated that can be sent to someone else to download at 2 GB in the free plan, reaching up to 100 GB paid plans.

Companies like KAYAK, National Geographic and Yahoo just some of your customers.

OneDrive

Illustration with OneDrive logo

The cloud service of Microsoft it's called OneDrive, replacing the SkyDrive from 2014. The service offers 15 GB of cloud storage free of charge to its users, Microsoft account. For those who need more space, the OneDrive offers a 100 GB paid plan costing R $ 9.90 per month.

If you need more space, the Microsoft offers a more interesting option: the service Office 365, which includes the application suite Office, offers integration with OneDrive, making available from 1TB in the plan for single user, costing R $ 24 monthly, with option for a family plan of up to 6 users with 6TB shared at R $ 29 monthly. A good deal for those who also need the Microsoft Office.

Google Drive

Google Drive logo illustration

The cloud storage service of Google very widespread among users Androidas it has been installed in the system since 2012. The service can also be accessed from iPhones, iPadscomputers Windows and macOSin addition to web browsers.

Google Drive offers 15 GB storage, shared between the Gmail, Google Drive and Google Photos. For those who use Documents, Spreadsheets or Google presentations, good news: these files do not compute storage space, as well as high resolution photos of the Google Photos (photos in original quality are counted in storage).

If you need more space, you need a paid Google One plan, in which you increase storage capacity, receive additional benefits and can share the subscription with your family. The initial plan, 100 GBcosts R $ 6.99 monthly.

Now corporate users, whether from small businesses or large corporations, can count on the G Suite, which offers a series of productivity services for companies. The initial plan, which offers 30 GB storage costs R $ 24.30 per user.

iCloud

Illustration with the iCloud logo

One of the pioneers in cloud services, Apple has been transforming its storage service package year after year. THE iCloud has a long history: it emerged in 2011, from the MobileMe. This, in turn, originated in the iTools, 2000, and the .Mac, from the year 2002. Currently, the Apple service offers free 5 GB of space, synchronization of contacts, notes and calendar with devices Apple connected to the same account. The service also has the web version of Pages, Numbers and Keynote, which are part of the application suite of Apple.

It is worth remembering that the 5 GB of storage is also consumed by automatic backups of iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch connected account, which may then be insufficient. For those who need more space, the Apple offers plans 50 GB, 200 GB and 2 TB, respectively costing R $ 3.50, R $ 10.90 and R $ 34.90. The space can be shared and your family account, and the latest version of the operating system may be required.

By default, in macOS, files and documents, in addition to Table (desktop), we only synchronize via iCloud. If the user goes for a while without accessing a file, it is deleted from the computer and a icon appears next to it indicating that the file remains in the cloud, safe, optimizing space in the Mac. There is also another interesting feature: when trying to send a very heavy attachment by email, the application suggests temporary storage in the cloud, sending only one link in the message, to avoid congestion.

THE iCloud a native application for all devices Apple, and is also available for Windows and through the web browser. Smartphones Android do not have an application for Apple cloud storage.

Cloud Drive

Amazon Cloud Drive cone

Little known, the Cloud Drive was launched by Amazon in 2011 and has 5GB of free storage. Also known as Amazon Drive, the service's storage space can be accessed from up to eight devices, which can be mobile (smartphones, tablets and notebooks) and computers.

THE Cloud Drive it also allows the transmission of media directly from the cloud, without having to download it. THE Cloud Drive works seamlessly with other Amazon services. For this reason, it is more recommended for those who are already company customers.


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