Best Free Browser-based File Transfer Software

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Introduction

Many users want to transfer or share files with family and friends without getting involved with FTP or VPN networking. "Wouldn't it be great if I could effectively host my own website on my own PC?" Some rock-solid freeware products reviewed here let you do exactly that.

 

Rated Products

HFS  

Send and receive files using web technology compatible with today's Internet.


Our Rating: 
4.5
License: Free (Open source)
Local web server, based on HTTP protocol.
No classic network file sharing search.
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Other software

Other software that might be suitable and has yet to be tested or reviewed:

CC File Transfer
www.cc-file-transfer.com

FilesOverMiles (a web-based service)
www.filesovermiles.com

Tirminal
www.tirminal.com
 

You can also use a private FTP server such as Core's freeware mini-ftp server. Do not confuse this with their payware FTP server (there are two different apps). This is a micro SFTP server, and one that we recommend. It can be used for secure PC-to-PC file transfer:

Core Mini SFTP server
www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Servers/FTP-Servers/Core-FTP-Mini-SFTP-Se...

 

Caution

Any web traffic solution of any kind involves risk of compromise of your computer by web-based threats. You should be especially wary of hosting any server software that is not widely recognised as being secure. For example, XAMPP and WAMP are not secure and cannot be made secure except by experts (who would use something else anyway, for production). Please exercise caution if using any server apps we do not specifically recommend. Currently we have only tested one secure solution: HFS.

There is no known complete tutorial on the Net for hardening XAMPP, and for novice users it cannot be hardened (secured against exploits). Experts will be able to harden it, but wouldn't do that in any case - if you are an expert in Apache, PHP, MySQL, Linux and Windows Server, why would you use a Windows / Apache dev tool to host a livesite? You'd use the right tool for the job, a LAMP server, if you are an expert. Therefore we cannot recommend XAMPP or WAMP except for their designed purpose: private LAN use for website development, teamsite hosting, or fileserving.

It is not acceptable to risk running an exploited webserver, just as it is not acceptable to be a typhoid carrier at large in the community. It might not hurt you yourself, but it hurts others.

 

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Comments

Tried to download the HFS standalone executable file today, only to be notified by my anti-malware software that it contains a trojan! It was immediately quarantined and I have proceeded no further.