SendThisFile expands platform to include Outlook 2010

SendThisFile works in even more places than ever before, and is now compatible with the latest version of Outlook for Windows!

Microsoft Outlook 2010 is one of the most popular email clients in use today. SendThisFile’s plug-in allows you to send large files directly from Outlook without having to switch to a different program or website.

Many companies and Internet web services limit the size of email attachments for cost and security reasons. For example, Google limits Gmail to files under 25 Megabytes in size and will not send files that exceed this limit. SendThisFile fills this need by providing an affordable and secure way to send large email attachments and files.

Here’s how the plug-in works. Once the plug-in is installed and running it automatically detects a large file in your outgoing email, uploads the file, replaces your file attachement with a download link in your original email, and sends the email to your recipient(s).

Selectable options include download receipt selection, email template selection.

You can even monitor the file(s) upload completion status.

Click here to learn how to download and install SendThisFile’s Outlook 2010 plug-in.

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Frustration free file sending with transfer resume

Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of sending a large file to someone through a browser-based file transfer service is that your transfer can be interrupted, forcing you to start over. If your file size is really large, it can take hours with average internet upload speeds.

Even worse is that there are many activities that can unintentionally interrupt your file transfer. Things like power saving settings, power outages, intermittent internet service, and weak wi-fi signals. Any one of these items could force you to start over, losing you hours of transfer time in the process.

Fortunately, this problem has been solved with the new SendThisFile beta!

Our powerful new beta automatically keeps track of your file transfer progress and, when interrupted, lets you resume right where you left off. So if you lose power or internet connection, you can save hours of time by not having to re-start the transfer all over again. Even better, it is entirely browser based so there is no special software download required!

To resume an interrupted transfer, click the green up arrow to continue right where you left off.
At the moment this impressive new feature is available only to our paid plan users. Simply click the beta link that appears on our send files page to access the new SendThisFile beta. It’s just one of the many cool feature enhancements we have been working on to improve your experience.

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Send files easier with drag and drop

Despite the enormous improvements of computer operating systems, interacting with the file system remains relatively untouched since its beginnings over 30 years ago.

A file system is what our computers use to organize our data and controls how we store, retrieve, update, and manage our data. Often, we are challenged to find our data amongst the sea of information that we have created.

SendThisFile’s file sending page uses the tried-and-true “browse” functionality to locate your files. While it is a familiar mechanism for finding files, it often dumps you into your folders hierarchy where you must begin to search for your file manually. This can be frustrating since you were just working with the file and have its folder already open. Thus, while ‘file browsing’ gets the jobs done, it also adds unnecessary friction to the user experience.

Now there is a better way to send large files in the browser.

SendThisFile has implemented an intuitive ‘drag-and-drop’ functionality to its new file sending page (currently in beta for paid accounts), and there’s no software required!

Once you are ready to upload your file to our servers, simply drag the file from any window or desktop into the send files  page. Our system will then automatically handle the file from there.  You can even drag folders!

We hope you appreciate the ease of use this feature provides. It saves both time and frustration, improving your workflow.

Drag and drop is in beta right now for paid customers on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux operating systems. To learn more, click here.

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How to send files without special software

Did you know most online file transfer services require installing special software on your home computer?

All of today’s web browsers restrict file transfers to less than 2 gigabytes. To get around this defect, most web-based file transfer services use special desktop application software that customers must download and install. Installing software creates a bunch of issues including admin access rights, updating, patching, and version support, just to name a few.

SendThisFile has solved two gigabyte problem!

SendThisfile customers can now send files over 2 gigs without the need for any special software! Our file sending page has been completely revamped to allow file sending of any size without having to leave your browser. There is no software to install or maintain.

This powerful feature is in beta right now for paid customers on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux operating systems. To learn more, click here.

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Top 5 reasons why sending is better than sharing

Ever wonder what the difference is between sharing a file and sending a file?

Read on to learn five ways that sending is better than sharing.

1. Sending files limits your exposure

Your files are stored on the internet for only as long as is required, whereas sharing keeps them online indefinitely.

2. Sending is more immediate

People you send files to receive notifications with handy download links to immediately begin downloading. No website accounts are required to access them.

3. Sending is discrete

Only those you email will receive your download link. Sharing sites utilize a one-to-many architecture where sending is one-to-one.

4. Sending is secure by design

SSL transmission encryption, AES storage encryption, and secure HTTPS logins all combine to provide a more secure and robust environment for transporting your files. Sharing sites are open by design, adding security layers can get in the way of their goal of accessing more people to share with.

5. Sending is easy to control

The simple yet powerful nature of file sending means you retain control over your files. You choose who you wish to send a file to before you start uploading.  With sharing, your files can get out of your hands the moment you send it to the sharing or social media site.

This are just a few of the many reasons to choose sending instead of sharing a file.

If you are interested in trying a file sending service at no risk, go to sendthisfile.com to get your free account.

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File Sharing 101: Sending files over 2 gigabytes

As powerful as the internet has become, it still has some growing to do.  Today’s web browsers are limiting the size of the files that we can send each other.  Microsoft’s Internet Explorer version 8.0, the most popular web browser in use today by a wide margin, is limited  to uploading files no larger than 2 gigabytes in size.

The result?  You simply cannot send a file over 2 gigabytes on web-based file sharing sites without using a dedicated program outside of the web browser as a workaround.  Unfortunately IE 8.0 isn’t the only browser with this limitation, all major web browsers including Google Chrome, FireFox, and Safari each have a simliar restriction.

Web Browser Version Upload limit
Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 2 GB
FireFox 3.6.3 2 GB
Chrome 4.1.249.1064 2 GB
Safari 4.0.3 2 GB

SendThisFile has brought the power back to the browser with the release of it’s new beta, which allows in-browser file uploading (e.g., sending) of files larger than 2 gigabytes!  No longer will users be forced to use FTP or other complicated methods of file sharing.

Using the power of Java, one of the most popular programming languages in use today (pre-installed on nearly all major operating systems), SendThisFile’s web development team has enabled large file sending without any special application software.  A single installation of our configuration free java applet is all that you need to for the freedom to share files of any size with anyone, anywhere.

Try it today!

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Powerful new beta expands file sending capabilities

You might have noticed a new link on your Send Files page.  Starting today we are introducing a vastly improved way to send large files through email!

The big changes include:

  • Send files larger than two Gigabytes in your browser!
  • Drag and drop files from your desktop to your browser.
  • Resume transfers. You no longer have to start all over if you lose your connection or power, or if a screensaver interrupts you.
  • Automatically compress folders before sending.  Shortens transfer time and lowers bandwidth costs.
  • All new powerful interface, and much more!

If you are a paid SendThisFile subscriber, the link to our beta will appear on your ‘Send Files’ page in the upper right hand corner.
Send Files beta link
Free accounts cannot access the beta at this time.  Also, the beta is not yet available for FileBoxes or Enterprise Branded forms.

To access the beta, click the green ‘beta’ link and you will be re-directed to the new ‘Send Files’ page. UPDATE: You can access the beta from the ‘send files’ page. Users switch between ‘Classic’ view and the new ‘Enhanced’ Beta view. Choose ‘Enhanced’ view. You will be asked to download and install a Java applet.  If you do not have Java installed on your computer, you must download it.  This process will only have to be done once for each computer you use.

These features have come directly from your feedback and suggestions. In fact, most of these improvements are not offered by our competitors!

Thank you for your feedback.  We hope you enjoy the improvements.

Sincerely,

The SendThisFile Development Team

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Keep files private with safe URLs

A recent study conducted by USENIX, a computing trade organization comprised of researchers and programmers, revealed that several file sharing services were not ensuring adequate file privacy.  It turns out that several file sharing sites were using predictable “URI’s” or universal resource identifiers.

A URI is generated whenever a file is uploaded and is added to the end of the service’s domain, thus creating a URL that can be used for sharing.  When you click this sharing URL or “link” you can access the file.

With the right precautions this method of file sharing is perfectly safe and private. However, the study points out several sites had poor URI implementation which resulted in sequentially generated URLs.  Sequential URL’s expose data because a URL can be predicted based on a past URL (among other factors).  This creates the opportunity for unauthorized file access.

However, SendThisFile users needn’t worry.  Since 2003 we have been utilizing industry best practices to ensure secure file sharing.  We utilize a randomly generated 24-character URI implementation. Such long URI’s give each file you upload a URI that is unique from your last uploaded file.  This ensures that any file you share is given a non-predictable URI, resulting in a URL that can be safely used for file sharing.

SendThisFile knows that maintaining the privacy and security of your files is of the upmost importance and we are solely committed to the privacy and safeguarding of our customer’s files.

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Why SAS70 matters for file transfers

When it comes to maintaining tight custody and control over your data when handled by online service providers, you need the upmost assurance that those parties conform to the highest possible internal control standards. For this purpose, selecting a company that is SAS70 certified will ensure they have reached a high standard in operational effectiveness and security.

SAS70 matters because it is an internationally recognized auditing standard for service companies. Service companies often handle outsourced services for other companies, creating a need for verifiable standards. The SAS70 standard was created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants with the goal to report on how transactions are processed by service companies. Companies are assessed on 5 elements of internal control, including; Control Environment, Risk Assessment, Control Activities, Information/Communication and Monitoring. To reduce the possibility of conflict of interest, the audit is performed by a 3rd party. Finally, Type II audits are performed over the course of 6 months rather than on a particular date in time (i.e., Type I).

Through Sarbanes-Oxley the SEC has created even more demand for SAS70 audits. Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 informs us of “the need for management of a corporation to establish effective internal controls and contain an assessment, as of the end of the most recent fiscal year, of the effectiveness of the internal control structure and procedures for financial reporting.” This inclusion has led to the popularization of the SAS70 standard as the de facto security standard for networking and data centers.

We are proud to report that all SendThisFile data centers are 100% SAS70 type II certified. Such a certification ensures compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and reinforces our dedication to security and control. This is an achievement that few of our managed transfer competitors claim.

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Get control over your file sharing with a FileBox

We’ve enabled FileBoxes to give you even more control over file sharing. Now you can restrict the number of file’s that can uploaded during each FileBox transfer.

Receive 5 files with a FileBox from SendThisFile

By default, a FileBox will display only 5  ’choose file’ buttons, limiting your FileBox users to sending you 5 files at a time.  We even allow you set this limit to a different value for each FileBox you create.

However, once a FileBox download limit has been reached the file is auto-expired and removed from our system. To download a file that has been expired the file must be resubmitted via the FileBox.

Share a big file with a filebox from SendThisFile

This is another example of how SendThisFile gives you more control over your files with powerful file sharing features.

For directions on how to set the file upload limit on a FileBox, click here.

-The SendThisFile Dev Team

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