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DropBox vs SugarSync vs Box vs whatever Box!

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DropBox has become the defacto standard for easy file sharing and collaboration (maybe). There’s also SugarSync, Box, Google Drive, Sky Drive (and why don’t we have Yahoo drive???), and so many ‘boxes’ and ‘drives’ out there, but they have a common challenge

You need an account to do share files. So without registering with (and sometimes downloading) the software, you’re on your own.

But, what if…

I want to share files WITHOUT AN ACCOUNT?

I want to maintain my anonymity while sharing files?

Come in, OneTimeBox

Let’s welcome OneTimeBox, an open source project by Oliver Song at HackMIT (the MIT Hackathon), that allows you to SHARE FILES  AS LARGE AS 1GB FOR AS LONG AS 7 DAYS.

All you have to do is

Visit OneTimeBox.org

OneTimeBox.org

1. Create a Box

Create a Box

2. Drag your file(s) into the Box

Drad and drop files into the box

3. Share your URL

Share your URL

Beware however that, ANYONE WITH THE SHARED URL CAN DELETE THE FILE(S).

Pros

  • It is open source. Yay!
  • If I want a disposable way of quickly sharing a file, this is it.

Cons

  • You only get to use your ‘box’ for a week
  • It’s still in beta, so don’t expect heaven on earth yet

Final words

OneTimeBox is best used to quickly send and receive restricted files (copyright protected, banned etc.) anonymously. (FYI, I don’t say you should use it for these purposes though)

OneTimeBox is powered by Meteor.JS, and is open source. If you want to contribute to the project, check out its github here

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