Caring and Sharing

Caring_and_SharingBe it for work or for private matters, we all – at some point of time – have to send an email attachment that is beyond our free email account's or our server's capacity. This list of four of the web's best file-sharing services will prove itself handy.

Web-based file-sharing services are handy as you can access and share files from almost any computer or mobile device. Most file-sharing services are available in two versions: ordinary or premium. In other words, free or paid. The difference lies mainly in the amount of storage space, duration of storage, convenience, tracking and the like.

1. MediaFire

Overview: One of the pioneers of web-based file-sharing services, MediaFire allows users to upload files by simple drag and drop motions. With this, it is easy and convenient to share files and folders with others.

Free account: For free accounts, users are allowed to upload files only if each individual file is no bigger than 200MB. Your files expire in 30 days, from the last time they are downloaded.

Paid account: A paid MediaFire Pro account starts from USD7 per month. The latter will also allow you to upload files – in an ad-free environment – up to 2GB each, which will remain for as long as your subscription period lasts.

2. DropBox

Overview: Like MediaFire, DropBox is a web-based filesharing service. But besides allowing users to upload and store files in folders, what makes DropBox stand out is that you may conveniently sync existing folders in your computer to your account.

DropBox is great for project work, which requires quite a big deal of file sharing, even from various stations. For example, you can upload your incomplete project paper at school from your laptop and continue working on it when you download it at home from your desktop.

Free account: It is free to sign up for a DropBox account, and recommending friends successfully for an account also grants you additional storage space.

Paid account: Slightly more costly than similar data uploading services, the premium DropBox account starts from USD10 per month. However, the convenience of having your folders automatically backed up and saved is worth the extra cost. There is also DropBox versioning services, Pack-Rat or DropBox Rewind, which keeps track of the versioning history of your files.

3. RapidShare

Overview: Once you are done uploading your file on RapidShare, you could send a link to your friends so they may download the accompanying files. This link may be further shared for others to access the file too.

Free account: Without signing up for an account, users may upload up to 10 files of 200MB each. Also, when you upload files, you will be offered the opportunity to sign up for a "collector's" account, which allows you to collect points and eventually convert into a premium – otherwise, paid – account.

Paid account: Files on RapidShare will expire unless you pay for RapidPro membership, costs start from USD13 per month, with the bonus of greater file storage and encrypted file transfers.

4. YouSendIt

Overview:
Like the other platforms, YouSendIt allows for sharing of large files from one user to another – otherwise limited by your free email accounts. There are various types of subscriptions from free to lite to pro.

Free account: Free and Lite YouSendIt accounts allows for file uploads and sending of up to 100MB. You may email the download link to friends for easy and convenient sharing. However, there is a monthly download limit of 1GB for free accounts.

Paid account: From USD10 per month, you get greater storage of 5GB and upload sizes of 2GB each. For more at USD15 per month, you can also get unlimited storage and upload sizes as well as other management functions.

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