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The Best Sites for Sending Large Files for Free


If you’re a freelance photographer, you will naturally find yourself having to send large files to your clients. After all, the age of delivering pictures to your client via a CD or DVD are long gone. Here are a few online services that allow you to share very large files with no hassle.

Free Sites to Send Big Files

For many internet users, the best site for sending large files is Smash. This site has many advantages: there is no limit on the size of the file you can upload, it is possible to password-protect your files if you wish to do so, and the interface is very easy to use. The recipient has seven days to download your file, after which point the link will no longer be valid. The only potential issue with this site is that for the files you upload, the upload speed is capped in the free version if the file is larger than 2 GB. If you are looking to transfer a large number of photographs, you may want to choose a different site in that case. 

WeTransfer is another site that offers a free service to transfer large files, and is similar to Smash in the way it works. This site is one of the oldest of its type for distributing large files, and is very widely-known and has a large community of faithful users. To use this site, you don’t need to create an account, which means that if you find yourself already struggling to memorise passwords, this site means minimal hassle. However, the free version of the service has the disadvantage of limiting the size of files to 2 GB, which for certain photography projects is clearly not enough.

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Sending Encrypted Files

For some photography jobs, it may be of paramount importance that nobody except the intended recipient has access to the files to ensure confidentiality. In this case, there are several possibilities available that allow you to send an encrypted version of your work. The first option is known as Send. This service allows you to end encrypted files free of charge and is simple to use, with a clean and intuitive interface. However, this encryption comes at a price, and in the case of Send, you are limited to a maximum file size of 1 GB, which means that it will not be suitable for delivering certain photography projects. There is also a similar site named Pcloud, which is also encrypted and allows files of up to 5 GB. However, this site has an interface which can be more difficult to navigate for some users if you’re not familiar with it. In the event that you require absolute security for the delivery of the project, there’s another good option called GrosFichiers, which is based in Switzerland and hosts its own servers, which are used exclusively for this purpose. Looking for other ways to protect your work? Read more here.

Expiration Dates for Downloads

In the same vein, you may wish to use a service that limits the time period in which your clients can download files This can be useful to you as a freelance photographer as it can help limit the potential unauthorised distribution of your work to third parties. For this purpose, you can opt to use TransferNow, with offers the possibility to choose an expiration date for the files. TransferNow is also available as a mobile application, which allows you to send your photographs anywhere at any time. Despite these advantages, this service also offers a somewhat limited file size of 4 GB. 


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