Pando is a free online service that utilizes p2p technology to share large encrypted files by email or instant messenger. The sender selects files and folders to share from the local system. These files are immediately uploaded to the Pando server where they are stored in encrypted form.
The recipient receives an email containing a lightweight attachment that needs to be run on the system to start a program on the system that downloads the files to the local PC.
Data is transferred from the Pando server as well as other users who are currently online. You can share files up to a size of 1 Gigabyte using the free version of the service. You can upgrade your account to increase the maximum file size that you can share to up to 50 Gigabytes.
The Pando client can be downloaded for Windows and Macintosh while Linux users will have to use a Pando beta client that was only mentioned in the forums.
Packages expire after a certain period of time with no downloads. That time is seven days for email / im packages in the free version and unlimited for the biggest commercial version
Integrating Pando downloads on your websites is another great feature. Users can click on a Pando link and download it using the Pando client. The only drawback of this method is that those downloads expire after 30 days of inactivity. Only the Publisher package, the biggest commercial package keeps the files for an unlimited time on their servers.
Here is a short list of the differences of the free and commercial versions of Pando:
Both Pando Plus and Pando Pro have been retired and are no longer available. The free service is however still available, as are the services for companies.
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