Ever try to send an attachment in an email only to find out it exceeds the file size allowed? Much like when shipping physical items, the larger something is the more expensive it is send online. In this case, the cost is in bandwidth which is why most email providers will limit the size of files that can be attached to emails or else will charge a fee. Luckily, there are free alternatives we can use to send large files over the internet.
Firefox Send is a privacy minded service that lets you share files up to 1GB with end-to-end encryption and a link that automatically expires. No account is needed to utilize this service.
Like Firefox Send, no account is needed to send files up to 2GB on WeTransfer. A Mac App Store app is also available.
Anybody with a free Gmail account already has access to Google Drive and its 15GB of free storage. Once a file is uploaded, a link can be easily created and sent to your desired recipient. Mobile apps are also available for Android and iOS devices.
Dropbox provides 2GB of free storage and works similarly to Google Drive but offers some additional features, such as mobile app for Kindle Fire.
A free Microsoft account provides you access to 5GB of free storage and some unique folder sharing capabilities. Additionally, if you are subscribed to Office 365, that storage increases to an impressive 1TB included with your plan.
Anybody with an Apple device likely already has an iCloud account which gets them access to 5GB of free storage. While many utilize this service as a place to stash their photos to clear up space on their devices, it can also be utilized to share large files with others.
Want some help with sending files? Schedule a free One-on-One Tech Appointment with a Digital Services librarian! Please call (631) 399-1511 ext. 240 to schedule an appointment.