The world has gone digital. Indians are using online services more than ever. Everything from grocery shopping to medicine delivery and work from home is now online. There are many reasons for which one needs to transfer files online. Usually, people would transfer data over emails or WhatsApp. Sharing files whose size is above 1gigabyte is a difficult task.
What is WeTransfer, and what went wrong?
WeTransfer allows a simple way to share files that have size over 1 gigabyte. It offers users one terabyte of storage and free account forever. The premium and paid Account on WeTransfer allow more features like 2tb storage with lifetime accessibility.
But did you experience any difficulties while using WeTransfer in the past couple of days? If yes, then it turns out that you are not the only one experiencing challenges. Millions of other users in India no more have access to the WeTransfer application. It is bringing difficulty to many professionals who are working from home.
The dark truth of WeTransfer
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) banned ‘WeTransfer’ for Indian citizens. The reason to impose this ban was issued in the national interest.
Indian citizens can no longer use this file-sharing website. One of the main reasons to impose the ban was the misuse of this platform. There is no direct control over this file sharing service. As a result, malicious data and explicit imagery were shared using this platform.
There were many malicious incidents where people sharing files on We Transfer impersonated government officials and authoritative personalities. Hence it became a concern for national security, and it was crucial for the Indian government to curb the spread of fake viral news.
As of now, the file sharing service is partially banned in India. The ban was announced at a challenging time when the pandemic is forcing millions of people to work from home. But the malicious minds had a way around this problem too. Users are trying to bypass the ban using a VPN service.
Almost all internet service providers in India have denied access to the sharing website following the guidelines of the government.
Alternative file-sharing services
You can use the following file-sharing services for free.
Google Drive Application
Google Drive is a free cloud storage provided by the Google Incorporation. It provides users with a safe and secure platform to create backups and do easy file sharing with others. Google is a trusted IT services giant. Google Drive offers 15 gigabytes of storage for free to all its uses.
After exhausting the 15 gigabytes limit, there are options to pay for extended storage.
It is very easy to use Google Drive. One needs to create a Google account to use the Google drive service. Google Drive can be accessed from anywhere, like smartphones, tablets, laptops, or PCs. Google Drive is accessible from the Play Store and Apple app store.
Dropbox is a popular file-sharing service across the world. It is free to register on dropbox and free to use. The free user account offers up to 2 gigabytes of free storage. Upon exhausting this 32-gigabyte storage, the users need to pay an amount to extend the storage up to 2 terabytes.
Dropbox is a cloud storage service, where you can download files from the platform to your devices. Dropbox offers business storage, as well. There are various price plans for different business needs. Dropbox is available on the Google Play Store and Apple app store.
Hightail allows users to send large size files easily. Individual professionals and businesses use it to share a file. They can collaborate in real-time to keep ideas moving. It has many features like real-time feedback, high-resolution previews, and an option for live chat.
As a user, you can take a glimpse of high-resolution images as a preview without downloading the large-sized file on your device. This facility is especially appreciated for doing client-friendly reviews. Other features to Hightail include version control, comparison of revision history, and so on.
Smash offers a quick transfer facility for personal use and enterprise use. The Smash file sharing service is secure. It was developed, keeping individual professionals in mind who don’t have access to expensive file-sharing services and solutions. One of the unique selling points of smash file sharing is that it is free of advertisements. The layout is straightforward to facilitate fast file sharing.
The free version of the smash allows no cap on the size of files to be shared. The data remain available on the platform for 14 days. Pro and team version allows file-retention on the platform for up to 365 days. Smash is available for download on Google Play Store and Apple app store.
Keep in mind that everything which goes on the internet is forever. As a user, you must be cautious of what you are posting online and sharing on any platform. It would be best to ensure that you understand file-sharing service privacy policies to avoid potential cyber threats and hackers. Stay vigilant and stay safe.