For Macs on a home network users can share files using AirDrop, Apple’s new simplified drag and drop interface to send files from one Mac to another. It’s also straightforward to simply login to a Mac on your local network, provided you know the username and password and your Mac’s security is set up appropriately.
What if you want to share files with a Mac user somewhere else in the world?
Click, Upload, Email, Share
Why not just email files you want to share with other Mac users? Email carries plenty of baggage.
First, email isn’t exactly a secure way to transfer Mac files from here to there.
Yes, you could create an archive or a disk image and assign a password to it, but suddenly we’re into complex territory, not simple steps territory.
There is a better, easier, simpler way to share Mac files with other Mac users somewhere else in the world.
ShareIt is a free service that lets you upload files from your Mac to the cloud, then send a link to that file to whomever you want.
ShareIt comes two ways. A web interface, and a Mac app that resides in your Menubar. Click to select a file to upload. Here’s the web page interface on the ShareIt site. Click the Choose File button, find the file to upload, then click the big green Upload button.
The Mac Menubar app works mostly the same way. Click the ShareIt Menubar icon, select Upload, then select the file to upload.
Easy enough, right? ShareIt uploads your file to some server in the cloud, then gives you a link to download the file you just uploaded.
Share the link with whomever anywhere in the world, and they can download the file (share using email, text messaging, instant messaging, etc.).
This seems like a great service for Mac users. It’s free but it carries some hefty baggage in the way of unanswered questions.
Where do the files go? Are they encrypted? What’s the file size limit for uploads? How long are the download links available?
What happens to the files you upload? ShareIt is one of those elegant services trying to compete with the likes of iCloud and DropBox and other sharing services with a public drop box.
ShareIt is easy to use and the price is right but there are way too many questions that go unanswered to make it a recommended service for Mac users.