If you’re concerned about privacy, these may work for you
By Heather Hamilton, contributing writer
For people who may not deal in technology every day, the
idea of sharing their important documents via the cloud can seem overwhelming
or confusing. You may work with these people, be related to these people, or
otherwise encounter these people in your day-to-day life. If you need to share
files with them, you aren’t without options, even if they refuse to participate
in cloud-based file sharing. For times when files exceed the capacities of
email, look into these options.
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Working in Dropbox
While having a Dropbox account has its advantages, you can
share a link to a file or folder with someone, despite their account status by
creating a link. Anyone with the link can view the folder, and, if you have a
Premium account, you can password protect your link and give it an expiration
date in Link settings.
A tool called Box
Though the name can throw people off, Box is different than Dropbox. To share a file
in this service, you’ll also just right-click and select Sharing and then Share
link. In this program, you can also adjust the type of access users receive for
both account holders and those with a sharable link. Like Dropbox, premium users
will have added functionality, including being able to track how many times a
link has been clicked on and how frequently a file has been downloaded.
If you’re interested in tracking how often a link has been
clicked on in either Dropbox or Google Docs, you can use a URL shortener to
shorten the link before sharing it. Programs like Bitly can give you that data.
The power of Google
A lot of people work in Google Drive,
and this can be a great option for you. By right-clicking on a file or folder,
you’ll generate a link you can share. Within Sharing settings, you can
determine how people can be involved with a file–can they edit, comment, view
it? If you want, you can even make a file public so that someone could find it
in a Google search. You can make changes to the privacy settings on your
documents at any time.
If you don’t have an
If you don’t have an account and you’re the person doing the
sharing, there are options for you too. Sunshine, Send Anywhere, We Transfer,
and Android Beam are four applications identified by Make Use Of to easily transfer large files by
temporarily putting them on the could.
There are also paid services that circumvent the cloud
available to users, but there’s a cost associated with them.
Go old school
Of course, there are plenty of ways to transfer a file if
you’re in close proximity to the person with whom you’re sharing. A USB flash
drive is easy to use, affordable, and very common. Most have high storage
limits and serve your purposes well. You might also adjust file size to utilize
email, print documents to share hard copies, or, if you want to get really old
school, burn something to a CD.
Ultimately, file sharing via the cloud or another online
file sharing service is easy, and should be utilized for maximum productivity.
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