As a huge fan of Dropbox, I use it every day for pretty much everything. However, one thing I hate is developing habits based on services. I worry a lot about security, web space and availability. And these are basically some of the reasons that made me move my work files to my personal cloud (powered by Synology but this a topic for another post). But still, Dropbox is a hell of a tool and the fact that it can be used in so many ways, make it a must have! But, there is always a but!
For the past couple of months, the files that I share on a daily basis have grown a lot both in size and number. Even though I have plenty of space on my Dropbox, I tend to be a bit strict about what stays in my MacBook because my 256 SSD is already at 70%. So I’m always keeping my mind on what I’m sharing / storing and I try not to leave unnecessary files on my disk for too long. But wouldn’t it be great if I didn’t have to worry about these files at all? Of course it would and that’s where Torpedo comes in. A new service that puts an expiration date to what you are sharing.
Torpedo has a handy little app that stays in the menu bar of OS X and with a simple drag ’n drop you instantly get any file uploaded to its servers. Once the upload is done, a custom URL is created and it’s already been placed on your clipboard. All you have to do is paste it in a chat, an email or anywhere you like. What’s good about Torpedo is that you can set your uploads to be deleted when they have been downloaded once or let them stay live for a couple of days. This way you never have to worry about running out of space or if someone, somehow gets access to the old files that you shared.
While dragging ’n dropping your files on Torpedo, it also handles the zipping for you by automatically compressing everything into a single file. Also, another neat feature is that you can share text. Text that will be self-destructed and you won’t have to worry about leaving a trail of sensitive information somewhere on the internet.
Torpedo has a free to use plan that will allow you 10 uploads per day with each file being up to 35MB or you can go Pro and boost the file size to 250MB with unlimited uploads for $3/month (or $30/year). If you ask me, this is a great online service with reasonable pricing. And I have to admit that after using it for less than 20 minutes I am already convinced to go Pro!