Things have gotten better in recent years when it comes to sending files to others. While it is still possible to store files on ftp servers or web servers, options such as cloud storage have become available as well.
Services like Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive offer storage space on the Internet that users can fill with data. Most services come with options to share files with other users as well.
Infinit is different and more in line with BitTorrent Sync than any of the aforementioned cloud storage services. One of the core differences is that it does not provide you with a set amount of storage space on the Internet.
After you have installed Infinit on your PC or Mac, you are asked to create an account. This is one of the requirements but only for the sender of files. Recipients don't need an account to receive files which is one of the core differences to BitTorrent Sync.
Infinit in detail
You are automatically signed in after the account creation process. Infinit runs in the background and you can bring its interface to the forefront with a click on its system tray icon on Windows.
There you see all transfers that others have initiated. It is up to you to accept or deny the transfer. File transfers are initiated with a click on the paper airplane icon in the interface or by right-clicking on the system tray icon and selecting the option from its context menu.
You can add as many files of any size as you like and add a message to the transfer if you want. If you want to transfer the files to a user, enter the username and suggestions are displayed to you immediately.
If the recipient is online and accepts the transfer, the data is transferred automatically from your computer to the recipient's system. If the recipient is not online, contents are encrypted and uploaded to the Infinit website instead. The recipient receives information about the new file the next time Infinit is started on a computer. Direct file transfers are always encrypted.
If the recipient does not have an account you have the option to send an email instead which contains the download link or create a link right away that you can share with others. You can use it to send the files to yourself, for instance on another device you need the data on.
Both lead to a page on the Infinit website where the files can be downloaded to the local system. Note that the address is created randomly but not protected in any way apart from that.
Infinit offers an easy way to send files to other recipients regardless of whether they are users of the service or not. It is possible to improve file security by encrypting the files before the transfer is started.
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