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At one time or another, many of us need to share a file or two with
somebody, and often the attachment size limits put in place by most
email providers make this task difficult, if not impossible. As we all
know, file sizes have been increasing steadily for quite some time.
Even a regular PDF document or a PowerPoint presentation can easily
surpass 10-20 MB nowadays. There are many file sharing services online
that will gladly host your file online for free, but what if you don’t
want your file to be stored forever? Especially in the case of a
personal document.

Crate is a website that lets you upload and share files, which remain
on the internet for exactly 30 minutes. I chose to share this website
because it has no banner ads or any of the assorted spam elements.
Also, since the file remains on the servers for only 30 minutes, you
have fewer worries about your personal information being exposed to
some of the other dangers of the internet. If you choose, you have the
option of extending this time limit, by signing up for an account.
However, if your intention is to share the file for the predetermined
time, there is no need to sign up.

The process is virtually done in one click. You drag and drop the file
on top of the “crate” on the main page and it starts uploading the file
right away. The process is usually rather quick, but ultimately depends
on your internet connection and the size of the file. As soon as the
file is uploaded, a link is generated which you can share with anyone
you want.

This generated link as I mentioned previously, is valid for thirty
minutes, but can be extended by signing up for an account, which is a
very easy process and gives you the ability to keep track of all your
uploads and various files that you have shared.

Crate is perfect for those moments where a quick temporary file upload is required. You can find it here [1].

For sharing large files online, you may also want to take a look at GE.TT [2].

~Yogesh Bakshi