I need to send a larger file via email and cannot use the likes of
Dropbox. I am considering an online email service which will do it for
free, but the attachment is sensitive material and I want to ensure a
Anyone use such a service and can offer a recommendation?
This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
YOu might try using some functions of Google. Set up a Google email
account. YOu can also set up a Google drive where only people you want to
can see that information and they can download it to their computer. Not
sure how big it can be, but I have some 20 meg files that seem to go out ok.
All that is free.
Hand a USB stick in person is the most secure of them all. However this
article has ideas if you really need to do it digitally.
I use COTSE (COTSE.NET) and they have yet to flag an outgoing message
because of size. # of recipients, yes... but not size.
My main problem with big files, then, becomes the recipients' email
service not allowing anything over a certain size. This has been so
common for me that I have pretty much given up on it and resort to other
YouSendIt.com being one of them, the aforementioned USB stick being
another, and, finally, common access to a third PC via TeamViewer.
Good point and thanks for the reminder. I'm focused on sending a larger
file but didn't think about the receiving end. Not knowing what he uses
as the email server, I wouldn't know what his limit is.
I've used FTP years ago, when size restrictions on email were tight.
Nowadays, people use cloud services like Google Drive. OS X comes with 5
GB of cloud availability, but I've never looked into it because I
haven't had anything big to send.
I still upload files into my paid server. It's unlimited. People could have
also used their comcast web space, but they are taking that away soon. FTP
works fine for me but some don't bother. I am Leary of using any cloud or
I think the usual appeal of iCloud is synching between devices such as a
desktop, a laptop, a tablet, etc. Grab your tablet and fly to a meeting,
and all your stuff is available.
I have only a desktop. I didn't put anything in the cloud, and I
switched it off, but OS X keeps contacting it. I don't like that. I
assume they aren't taking data without authorization, but it's overhead
on my CPU and my internet connection.
I believe I have exceeded my ISP's email size limit when I tried to send
a video file. I converted it to MP4, which compressed it more than other
formats; so I didn't have to split it. If I were going to send several
emails with pieces of a file, I guess I'd check with the recipient first.
A relative uses email to distribute photo collections that may be 10MB.
The size will go, but her recipient list is too long for her provider.
Some never get her mail, and she doesn't know.
Why can't you just use your own email service?
Assuming it's not a JPG you're sending, you can
also shrink it down by putting it into a ZIP file.
Most ZIP programs will also allow you to set a
password for security, too.
You don't need to worry about the integrity of
the transfer, though. Data isn't lost. But you do
need to be aware that email attachments are
encoded as Base-64 text, because email only
transmits text. The encoding makes the file
bigger by 1/3. So if you had a website you could
post a 9 MB file there and a friend could download
9 MB. If you send 9 MB through email your friend
will get a 12 MB attachment.
I've received attachments as big as 10 MB with
no trouble. I don't know what typical limits are.
The file splitter idea is also good. It's true that
the people at the other end would need the same
program, but it's a very basic operation. Such
programs literally just split the file into chunks
of x-number bytes. Stitching it back up is a simple
matter of writing all of those chunks serially to
a new file. The software doesn't need to understand
the file format involved, so it would normally be
a very small, free program that does the job.
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