file sharing

Ask LH: Should I Use BitTorrent Sync Instead Of Dropbox?

Dear Lifehacker, I keep hearing people talk about BitTorrent Sync, but I’m not sure why I should care about it. Isn’t it just another file-syncing service? Why would I use it instead of something like Dropbox?


Superbeam Shares Files Between Android Devices Without Wi-Fi

Android: There are a lot of file-sharing apps to choose from in the Google Play store. But this is the first we’ve seen that can create an ad-hoc network for sharing files between devices if no Wi-Fi network is present.


Turn An Old PC Into A NAS, VPN Or Media Streamer With Amahi

If you have an old computer with some life left in it, or you’re building a do-it-all home server, Amahi is the perfect utility for the job. Amahi can turn any PC into an at-home VPN and a NAS for all of your files. Here’s how.


Younity Accesses Files On Your PC Or Mac From Your iPhone

iOS/Windows/Mac: When you need to access a file that’s on your PC’s hard drive without being anywhere near it, you better hope you have Younity installed on it and on your iPhone. This nifty app scans folders on your computer and lets you access them on your iPhone, without needing cloud storage space.


Securesha.re Sends Encrypted Files With Just A Browser

If you need to share encrypted files regularly, we’ve shown you some of the best tools for the job before. However, if it’s a one-off instance, Securesha.re can make encrypted file transfer dead simple.


Dropbox For Business Can Now Run Alongside Personal Dropbox Accounts

Many of us use our own personal Dropbox accounts for work purposes, which can become fiddly if your workplace implements the corporate Dropbox for Business solution. A handy new upgrade now means you can have both running on the same device.


Easily Disable Old Share Folders In Windows

When you have multiple machines running on a home network, it’s easy to get into the habit of sharing folders indiscriminately, especially if you don’t have a server to act as a file hub. This isn’t a great thing to do on a laptop you regularly connect to other, less secure networks. Fortunately, you don’t have to hunt around your hard drives looking for shared folders and disabling them one-by-one — Windows provides a facility where you can view them all at once.


OneTimeBox Makes Sharing Disposable Files With Groups Easy

Sharing a folder or file with something like Dropbox is easy, but you have to actually have a Dropbox account to do it. OneTimeBox does the same thing, but you don’t need an account and anyone can add files to the folder.


How To Completely Anonymise Your BitTorrent Traffic With A Proxy

BitTorrent isn’t the quiet haven it once was. These days, everyone’s looking to throttle your connection, spy on what you’re downloading, or even send you an ominous letter. If you use BitTorrent, you absolutely need to take precautions to hide your identity. Here’s how to do that with a simple proxy.


Any Send Beams Files To All Your Devices In An Instant

Windows/OS X/Android: Sharing files between different operating systems usually involves emailing them back and forth as attachments, but Any Send is a slick alternative that acts like a cross-platform AirDrop clone.