Have you ever tried sending digital pictures or video files or music files to a friend or family member, only to be stopped by the ISP (or your friendly employer) because it was too big? At Loyola we limit both inbound and outbound email attachments to 20 megabytes (20mb), which means the complete size of the email cannot exceed 20 mb, including the body of the email and other attachments. Yahoo and Hotmail limit your attachments to 10mb. With Gmail, the maximum attachment size has increased to 20mb; however many webmail services won’t accept the larger attachment size and your email will get bounced back. In many ways, they are doing this for your own good – they don’t want you sending huge attachments because they don’t want to increase the chances that you will be passing along viruses to your friends and family. However, limits are inconvenient, aren’t they?
Now through a free site, DropSend, you can send files up to 2 gigabytes (that’s 2048MB) securely (it’s encrypted), safely, and easily. Just go to the site, enter your email address, your recipient’s address, and the file you want to send. Your recipient will receive a link where he/she can download it from the Internet. It’s that simple. You don’t flood your friend’s mailbox with huge files, yet you’re able to send out your pictures, video, and music as you wish. But remember that this is a third party resource – use this at your own discretion. We don’t advise you to send out top-secret files or anything. We have also found that it is best to be patient with this site. Large files take a few minutes to upload, even with a speedy Internet connection.
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