Well since he uses the terms "they" and "them" through
his description of the process, how do you know there isn't more than
one person involved? Clairvoyant?
Also, unless the OP is doing it for free, which he did not
say and which seems unlikely, I'd say he is dealing
with a customer, even if it happens to be a friend.
To help clarify, they and them are other private investigators who I work
with. They are mostly out in the field collecting their surveillance then
brinking the video and/or photos back to me for editing. Then I return the
finished tasks to them, usually on DVD disk for videos and the same can be
for photos, but I also email some photos as well. As cases increase, the
need for a quick turn around is required along with larger batches of photos
and thus, emailing is not much of an otpion without sending 50 emails of two
photos each and sending a disk via mail and/or picking up can't always be
accomplished in a timely manner.
Once again, security is an utmost concern due to these being legal cases.
Hardly. You can imagine all sorts of happiness Once you upload them and
loose control who knows?
A similar story. Friend had their business website which was used for
ecommerce at a hosting site. They moved on to another hosting company. A
mega hosting company bought their original hosting company and one day
all of a sudden anyone going to their site saw a three year old website.
Turns out the new megacompany mindlessly loaded old backups for some
reason and restored lots of sites including updating DNS records.
Its just basic security practice.
Why? If you had a secure system the files could be available as needed.
If you cheepout and go with "OK, I just uploaded them to an unknown site
and it is 10AM. I will delete them at 11..."
Not really, if you want something that is reasonable to use and has
actual definable security it would cost something.
Right. It does not seem unreasonable to assume highly confidential
files will be adequately attended.
Irrelevant. Overlooking your undefined "secure system" the files
seem too sensitive to remain available to electronic interception.
Straw man. "Unknown site".
It could go like this, if the parties are not the morons you seem to
assume: "Call me when the Smith file is ready. I will download,
delete it, check it, then call you to confirm you can delete your
Non sequitur. HTTPS is actual definable security, is effortless to
use, and it costs Google users nothing.
Yeah, gps has his weenie in the wringer. He bought into
just using a URL as a sufficient security measure.
Then he went on to do everything he could to assume one
thing after another to try to claim that for
surveillance videos security isn't much of a deal.
Among other ridiculous reasons, he claimed they usually are
just some people walking around. So, no big deal. Really.
Maybe the ones from the 7-11, but when you have
someone actually taking them for you, then delivering
them to you to look at, then I think it's a big leap to make
assumptions as to what the videos and photos contain.
This despite the OP having clearly stated in the original
"For obvious reasons again, it's imperative they
don't fall onto the eyes of others and thus, they would be the only
one to gain access.
I use Flickr but haven't checked to see if that's possible, but I'm
also very concerned
about photos on a website period, being seen by others and
overall, apprehensive to even put them up there. "
Now that the OP has reaffirmed his legitimate concern
for security, that more than one other party is involved, etc.
instead of fessing up, gps goes on the attack, against me
and the OP.
Nice, real nice
Use Winrar and make one file with all the photos. You can even
password the set.
CDs cost a single stamp to mail and about a dime apiece. I used to
send a disk to my nephew once a month. I just printed his name and my
return address on a single sheet of paper and used it for the
I should add, it needs to be easy for the receiving end to open and view.
They are not very computer literate. How exactly does Winrar work?
As I also stated, there are many times when the photos need to get to the
attorney ASAP and snail mail doesn't cut it.
Winrar's web site:
Download and install Winrar and you can just right click on a
directory full of photos. It will create a single file with all the
The person on the other end (with Winrar installed) can just right
click on the winrar you just emailed and it will extract the folder to
Windows 7 has built in code to make a zip file (same thing really) so
you don't need to download anything. Since I have Winrar installed, I
think it replaces Windows built in Zip version.
If you have Windows 7, try to highlight a group of photos and right
click. Windows may allow you to make a Zip file.
As mentioned before, neither Winrar or Zip format will make the total
size any smaller, it just makes one single file to email.
Looks interesting. Some ISPs have a small attachment limit. If this is the
case and I send a large attachment file(s), will they still receive it and
if so, any special requirements from the receiving end such as going to a
website or can they simply check email the normal way and view?
Attachment limits are for MAIL. YouSendIt works through your BROWSER. It
completely bypasses the usual SMTP limits. The maximum size of the files
you can send depends on the type of account you have with YouSendIt, not
with your ISP.
When you log in to YouSendIt, you get a different screen from what you saw
just now. When you send a file via YouSendIt, you specify a recipient email
address. The file itself is uploaded to YouSendIt's server. The recipient
is then sent an email telling him that you have uploaded a file to
YouSendIt, and is given a link to click. That link takes him to the Web
page where he clicks the Download button, then he is given the normal "Save
File" dialog box that he's surely used to seeing.
We have a few large clients who use YouSendIt because their IT security has
closed their FTP ports; otherwise we could just send them files via our FTP
site. We often transfer large graphic files, and YouSendIt is perfect for
Mind you, you do need to pay for this service for large files, so if you're
looking for a freebie site, then sorry, I haven't got one.
Email was never designed for binary attachments such as photos and sound.
Best to get an FTP site and give the address to the recipient to enter into
their browser address bar. Instead of http://www.example.com it would be
ftp://ftp.example.com/yourname or something like that. Or if this happens
enough with the same recipient, you could get them a copy of Winscp or
another ftp client.
FTP is going by the wayside. With the price of data transfer and storage
falling, this sort of thing is moving to the Web, with such sites as
YouSendIt makes it falling-off-a-log easy for both the sender and the
recipient. Great service. Highly recommend.
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