MegaUpload, a HongKong based company, running many online services related to file storage, sharing and viewing was some time back under a cloud of criticism and accusations of copyright wrong doings. The accusations led to the shutdown of the online service, which once boasted more than 40 million users a day. Unfortunately, the users had no option but to lose their files or to switch to other similar services for storing and sharing their files online.
Those, still looking for some better and safe options might want to check out our list of some MegaUpload alternatives for free file sharing and online storage website.
Free file sharing and online storage
Any user who legitimately wants to store, access and share his data online can use MediaFire after agreeing to its terms and conditions. It offers a free, secure, and unlimited cloud storage service for its users and welcomes any former MegaUpload user. MediaFire includes storage and sharing model that is similar to Amazon S3, Akamai, YouSendIt, etc.
DropBox is a very popular service for file storage and sharing purposes. Any file you save to Dropbox is automatically and instantly saved to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website. You can edit files in your Dropbox from your phone and share them freely with anyone, when required. Dropbox ensures that your stuff remains safe by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and AES-256 bit encryption. It keeps a one-month history of your work too. If you do decide to go in for this service, you might want to check out DropBox Automator too.
SkyDrive is Microsoft’s free online file storage service. It allows sharing individual files via email or on social networks. It offers 25 GB of free personal storage,with individual file size limited to 100 MB. It has now simplified the ability to share by introducing a new HTML5-based drag-and-drop feature. After dropping the file a user just need to right-click on a file to open up a pop-up menu where you can select the ‘Share’ command. By default, SkyDrive keeps all your files confidential unless, you specifically elect to share them.
It is one of the best file sharing tools available on Internet today. Files can be uploaded via a simple ‘Drag and Dropping’ method in a designated window. Once done, files get arranged in a linear gallery. An alternative method to upload and access files is via desktop client, (available for Windows, Mac) and mobile apps. The free service supports an upload limit of 50MB per file.
The cloud service is somewhat convenient as it gives you 5GB online storage free plus, the choice to buy music on Amazon’s MP3 online store and save it to your Amazon Cloud. However, it has one shortfall; it offers no guarantee of privacy or security. Only first time users are required to register (those having an Amazon account get a Cloud Drive account). By default, the service provides folders for Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos and if want, you can add sub folders too.
The popular file hoster provides its users an infrastructure which enables them to save their electronic files on Internet servers. If the files are not required anymore, a user gets ‘Delete’ link with which he can remove the uploaded file from the server. RapidShare treats all saved files as confidential and does not scan or open the files without users consent. The services provided by RapidShare are essentially free-of-charge and require only a registration by the user.
Deposit Files is a well-known service to people from different occupations (students, businessman, home-business operators, etc) searching for uploading, storing, and sharing safely their files on the Internet. It allows uploading and downloading of files up to 2GB without any charges and requires no registration for this purpose. Any user who complies with terms of service and user agreement and does not violate the laws is free to store files for a period of 30 days (90 days for the registered users).
With SugarSync you get secure cloud storage for all your files, be it a document, music file, photo or a video. Whether you are sharing a single file or an entire folder, the service does it all for you with just few clicks. The service allows its users to generate a public link for any file and share it on Facebook, Twitter, email, IM, or on their blog. It has now even increased the capacity of its eponymous online storage offering from 2GB to 5GB. Also, the company said that current users of its free 2GB cloud-based storage service will be automatically upgraded to the higher-capacity service.
It allows a user to send their files quickly and share them securely. YouSENDIt operates on freemium basis. Its basic features are offered for free and more advanced features can be accessed by switching to a subscription plan. Sending a 50 MB file is free; paid accounts can send files up to 2 GB. The service uses comprehensive audit and tracking tools that enable users to monitor all their download activity.
Box lets you store all of your content online, so you can access, manage and share it from anywhere. It has the ability to integrate with Google Apps and can even be accessed on mobile devices. The latest version offers many new collaboration and real-time notification features. Its interface is simpler and faster and provides a better experience for interacting with content.
Let us know which one is you favorite or if you have any other recommendations to make!