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These four file sharing apps offer speed, security and more

Liane Cassavoy | Nov. 5, 2014
From your phone or your browser, you can make files accessible to multiple devices, colleagues or family members. Check out these apps for their special talents in sharing or security--but watch out for those subscription fees.

So, what do you get for that fee? Not a mobile app -- RapidShare is Web-based, so all of the sharing is done from within your browser. Its interface is slick and attractive, but not really designed for use on a small screen. You can use it via Safari on your iPad, but it's not the best experience. 

RapidShare's sharing features are centered around email and social, which was a little disappointing after testing apps that let you connect to nearby devices.  I was really hoping RapidShare would offer super-speedy file sharing to make up for this, so I tested it out with a sizable video file. The file did upload relatively quickly, and it was easy enough to set up sharing using the nifty drag-and-drop feature. Once you do so, RapidShare creates a link you can share via email or Facebook, and will send it from within the app.

Recipients don't have to be RapidShare users to download shared files, and files did download very quickly. But that isn't enough to justify RapidShare's steep price tag. This app is geared toward professionals looking to share sizable files with a wide audience. Anyone else will likely have little reason to fork over the big bucks it requires.

 

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