Dear Lifehacker, Is it possible to transfer files directly and securely between my two Macs without using software and/or going via a storage server like Dropbox? Thanks, Johnny H Filetransfer
There are a couple of obvious ways that you could handle file transfers directly between Macs without additional apps or the use of cloud services.
The easiest way to manage this would be to enable file sharing (within System Preferences>Sharing) on a wireless network with specified users able to access the folder or files you want only. If you’re particularly worried on the security front, you can enable encryption of those files.
That does still leave both Macs on a wireless network, probably Internet-connected, which might not be secure enough for your tastes. You could always opt for the same sharing idea using a physical ethernet cable. This doesn’t need to be a crossover cable per se, although you haven’t specified which particular Macs you’re using. Newer and thinner Macbooks don’t come with inbuilt Ethernet ports, so you’d need to drop some extra cash on USB Ethernet adaptors. Apple’s instructions for file sharing across two Macs can be found here.
Failing that, there’s always the sneakernet method using an external drive or burnt CD/DVD to consider. If anyone has other recommendations, let’s hear them in the comments.
Have a question you want to put to Ask Lifehacker? Send it using our [contact text=”contact form”].