What to do? There’s iCloud, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, and dozens of other online storage services that make up ‘the Cloud’ these days, each with a different way to share larger files. Here’s another one and it has a very useful twist.
Short Term File Sharing
The Mac app in question is called Torpedo and what it does is both clever and mostly free. Mostly? Yes. Almost mostly. I’ll get to that in a moment.*
Torpedo is also the name of the service which stores files online and makes them available for download so all you need to do is share a link with those who need the file.
Torpedo (the app, not the service) resides as an icon in the Mac’s Menubar. Drag a file to Torpedo and choose from the two options. This is where it gets interesting.
You can choose from One Download or leave the file online for Two Days. After that, the file (hopefully) is deleted.
Thanks to a layer of encryption, Torpedo is also good for sending sensitive or valuable information so it doesn’t show up online or in someone’s email inbox. Again, the choices are One Download or Two Days.
Torpedo’s Mac app works well, and you can use the web to do the same thing. This is a clever and very useful service. And it’s free. Almost. Or, mostly.
*It’s free if you keep your uploaded files to less than 35 megabytes each, and uploads to 10 per day. Otherwise, the Pro version comes with a nominal price tag ($3 a month) with an option to use a custom domain name for the link.
From what I can tell the uploaded files are not deleted instantly, whether the One Download or 48-hour Download option. Torpedo says files will be deleted within 48 hours after they expire.
Simple. Sweet. Free.*