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Use Send Anywhere for Secure Sending of Files

sendanywhere_logoIf there’s one thing you should keep both anonymous and disposable, it’s any file that you share with friends or family on the web. Sending an attached file from your email account is risky. First, normal email is non-secure; hackers can easily intercept it. Once intercepted, the same hackers can easily retrieve the attached file. Sending something private? It’s best to not use email!

A better method is to use a disposable file transfer service for privacy’s sake. You can find a dozen or more file transfer services. I prefer Send Anywhere because (1.) the service is free and (2.) the recipient can only retrieve the file(s) if he or she knows the 6-digit key used when you sent it and (3.) Send Anywhere deletes the file(s) immediately from the company’s servers as soon as the recipient finishes retrieving the file(s). Use of the 6-digit key locks out most hackers. However, don’t send the key via email!

Many Send Anywhere users regularly send files up to 100 gigabytes in size through the mobile app and up to 300 gigabytes by using the desktop apps.

Send Anywhere is very popular amongst professional as well as semi-professional videographers as they often have to send very large video files. However, it will also work with any other types of files as well. With Send Anywhere, you can send up to 10 gigabytes in one transmission which will also be stored in the cloud for 7 days without charge.

Send Anywhere requires no software installation; simply open a web page and go to Send Anywhere’s web site at to send or receive files. However, you may find it a bit more convenient to first install the (optional) Send Anywhere software, available for Windows, Macintosh, Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Amazon Kindle, Debian 8.0 Linux, or Ubuntu 12.04 Linux. I normally use the web version as it requires no software installation and I can use it from any computer.

Not bad for a free service! Check it out at

Categories: Online Privacy & Security, Security, Software

2 replies

  1. I use Binfer. It does all that and is much more simpler to use. Binfer does not upload files on some third party servers, so it is very safe and secure for private and confidential stuff. Sending large files is as easy as typing an email and dragging and dropping files. Keep publishing such interesting articles.


    • I have looked at Binfer and it seems to be a mix of good news and bad news. Binfer does not send your file(s) to any servers on the Internet which strikes me as a very good method because of security reasons. Instead, Binfer sends the files via a peer-to-peer connection directly from the sending computer to the receiving computer with no servers in between. I like that.

      The downside of this method is that the sending and receiving computers both must be online at the same time for the transfer to work. The sending computer will wait for up to 24 hours for the receiving computer to come online although the sending computer must remain powered on and online during that time. You also need to make sure the sending computer does not go into sleep/hibernate/standby mode while files are waiting to be transferred.

      That may or may not be a problem for some people.

      Finally, Binfer isn’t a free service. You can send files of up to 2 gigabytes each one month in the free version. If you want to send files of more than 2 gigabytes per month, you have to buy a license. Prices vary from $0.99 for a one-time transfer of up to 3 gIgabytes to $59.99 a month for anyone who needs to transfer up to one terabyte per month. (I doubt if many people need that much data, other than perhaps videographers.) Details can be found at:


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