Securely share large files with Pando

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 14, 2007
Updated • Jun 1, 2013
File Sharing, Internet

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.

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:

  • Free (max file size 1 gigabyte, expires after 7 days [email / im] and 30 days [webdownloads]
  • Pando Plus (max file size 3 gigabytes, expires after 30 days [email / im / webdownloads, $4.95 per month, $49,95 per year)
  • Pando Pro (max file size 5 gigabytes, expires after 30 days [email / im / webdownloads], faster downloads for recipients, $19.95 per month, $199,95 per year)
  • Pando Publisher (max file size 50 gigabytes, never expires fastest downloads for recipients, $49.95 per month, $499,95 per year)

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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  1. Decent60 said on November 11, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    K-Lite pack MEGA. All you need to know lol If it won’t play with that, then it needed a whole new program to use anyways.

  2. Anonymous said on November 11, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    VLC Player has played just about every file for me. If VLC can’t play it, then the file was probably malicious anyways

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 11, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      As I said, VLC should have you covered. But if you use Media Player or something similar, you may like this.

  3. Ron said on November 11, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Media Player Classic – Home Cinema (MPC-HC) or Media Player Classic – BE (MPC-BE) should be able to play (almost) anything also. MPC-BE is my player of choice. (It also has a small footprint on your hard drive, which is something I always take into consideration when choosing between different programs.)

  4. brian Tran said on November 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    love utorrent..

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