Sendoid is a new peer-to-peer file sharing service launched March 22, which claims to be a private and easy way to share files. Highlights to this service include a browser-based system, which eliminates the need to download software, and a 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) pipeline between the sending and receiving machines. Both of these features contribute to fast and secure sharing.
So how does this service work? Most files can be shared through the browser-based version of Sendoid, but that depends on the size. Ultimately the limitation lies within the availability of resources on your local machine, which tends to be anywhere from 600 MB and 1 GB. For transfers of files this size a link is provided after selecting a file to share. This link can be sent to the receiver who downloads it and connects the recipient to the file on the sender’s machine. The information never passes through Sendoid’s servers. Additional security measures include link obfuscation and an optional password for the recipient.
For larger files Sendoid offers a downloadable desktop application. This application is free and does not limit the size of the file you are sending. An added feature to this application is the resume/restart. According to Sendoid’s blog downloads will resume or restart in response to a loss in connectivity or application restart. Also, speed and security are maintained since the same peer to peer technology is being used. A TechCrunch article by Rip Empson reports that Sendoid co-Founder John Egan, believes that “Sendoid can transfer a 100MB file in approximately 35 seconds, versus the 25 to 30 minutes it might take a server-based service. “
The same TechCrunch article mentions that there are other services out there offering free file transfers that don’t require a software download to send and receive files. Two examples include Senduit (100 MB limit) and WeTransfer (2 GB limit). Empson mentions that although they “offer the ability to share big files easily without the hassle and clunky interface — for free”,” even these services have size limits and haven’t really put all questions of security to rest.”
For the future, Sendoid will continue to develop the technology necessary for decentralized data movement – according to Sendoid’s blog, their team is actively working on an iOS and Android version of Sendoid. So – if you need to share a file give Sendoid a try and see if you agree that it’s the best thing going for file transfer.