TOP-5 File Sharing Software for Windows
What does information want? Well, those who know about these opposite tendencies must appreciate the chance we have now to share our data directly with others. Yes, the information is expensive because it means much to us. And yes, it is free when we don’t pay for it directly.
The services used for sharing info can be various. Some are cloud-based, some distribute the data between its consumers, some just provide the way to share files directly. Each of the services below has its pros and cons, its highs and lows.
The cloud storage project created by notorious Kim Dotcom (best known as the founder of Megaupload, maybe not the greatest storage for bootlegged files, but certainly the most famous). This time Mr. Dotcom did his best to avoid copyright violation issues. The files you upload get encrypted, and you cannot share them endlessly.
Transfer quota is usually twice larger than maximum storage. In fact, Mega.co.nz does all it can to make data sharing private again, a kind of cloud-based P2P network.
In fact, Megasync is positioned as another cloud storage service with both free and paid plans, like most cloud services do today (and Megaupload did back in the 2000s, hehehe). The client application you install onto your PC works the same way that most apps of this kind do since Dropbox offered background syncing.
- High-security level. Your account can be protected both by password and a special security key necessary to regain access. “Zero knowledge” policy means that the password is not stored anywhere on Mega’s servers.
- 50 GB for free (paid users get from 200 up to 8 TB).
- Social network features (chats, contact list and so on).
- Counter-cultural appeal (though Mr. Dotcom owns it no more).
- User’s monthly transfer is limited. One has to register to enlarge the quota a bit and to get paid account to get some more.
- The security is not its main feature now.
This one stands a bit apart from other file-sharing services: it’s not meant for sharing files online worldwide, but rather for transferring them between devices located physically near. It even may be the best way to drop the files from your PC to your own smartphone.
Using this app makes sense because it doesn’t require any Internet connection to get your files transferred, so there’s no talking of bandwidth limits or traffic quotas. The accepting device with SHAREit installed switches to hotspot mode, and the other one connects to this hotspot. The connection between two devices is all it takes to transfer a bunch of files, no matter if you’re online at all. Well, if your devices are just connected to the same local network, that’s fine too: SHAREit can do its job over it.
There’s an app for Windows, OS X, Android, iOS and even Windows Phone. The service is supported by Lenovo but works fine with devices by other vendors.
Pros & Cons
This service cannot be directly compared to others at all. It’s not about sharing files online; it’s about near-field file exchange without the Internet connection. Like we used to do back in the 2000s with IR ports or new by then Bluetooth, but damn faster.
While talking about the next three pieces, we must notice that BitTorrent technology is somewhere between fixed cloud storage and blockchain. The files you download may be distributed between multiple participants, so you download them from a variety of sources, not depending on any single one (unless it’s the one who just created the torrent; but it’s not for long).
While the other two torrent applications we’re about to review are mainstream ones by 2018, qBittorrent is still some kind of alternative. First of all, this one offers no paid features. You get all it can provide by installing it for free.
Linux thinking of its authors provided it with some features. Due to QT user interface it’s lightweight.
- Web UI.
- Remote control.
- Displays info about peers it connects to.
- Built-in torrent creation tool.
- Sometimes it’s not as stable as it should be. Stale downloads have been reported.
In 2018 this is still the mainstream torrent application. It has a lot of options and rich settings (even richer in paid version). Many torrent trackers recommend it as the default one, the easiest to install and master.
To be honest, it has all an average user needs. You can control your downloads, set speed priority, upload/download rate, add many torrents simultaneously and so on. The application is supported by Bittorrent, Inc. (along with its self-named app). And it’s the reason to take a closer look at it if you need a real trustworthy client for the data you download.
- As the most popular one, it has a large community.
- Remote access and control.
- Flexible configuration with a lot of settings.
- Stable work.
- Premium options in a paid version, like a built-in antivirus or media converter (if you need them.)
- The free version is ad-supported.
- The installer advertises third-party software (though you don’t have to install it with uTorrent).
Well, here comes The Big Daddy. That’s the program that has made torrents great for the first time. It’s still supported by BitTorrent, Inc., the developers of the whole thing.
Well, in most ways, good or bad, it follows uTorrent; even the interface seems familiar to those using it after some time with uTorrent. But there are some significant differences. First of all, it offers
- It’s the most official BitTorrent client ever.
- Easy to use, safe and clean (unless you miss some parasite software during installation.)
- Has all the necessary features.
- Is welcomed by some trackers that dislike uTorrent for some reason.
- Advertises third-party software (just like uTorrent, exactly.)
- Shows a lot of ads.
- Saves the most powerful features for a paid version.
In fact, sharing files is what we do on the web; the rest is details. The five programs we have selected cover different needs we can experience: direct sharing, local sharing with no Internet needed, or anonymous, decentralized data exchange. We guess you’ll need at least three of these; one Torrent client is enough, but SHAREit or MEGA cannot be replaced by any of them.