Essential Digital Skills Level 1

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Sending large files

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One thing you might want to do is send a video to somebody, or some pictures after your holiday. And it may well be that these file sizes are too big. Google Mail will only let you email a file of up to 25 megabytes and if you are sending a video, then it is highly likely that the file size is going to be too big. So what you can do is instead of sending the emails by, sending the information by email, you can use online programs. And the two we are going to have a look at here, the first one we are going to look at is WeTransfer, and the other one is MailBigFile. Now, these are systems where you can send some documents, they have limited access, you can send stuff for free or you can sign up and pay for them. But you can use things like WeTransfer for free, so it is quite a simple process to use. You literally click on the upload files button, but you can also change it if you want. So if you look just here, there is a folder, so if you want to upload a complete folder, you can do that. So we can go upload folder, we can then select where we want the folder to come from, so whether it is in our downloads, and we have got here a folder on pet videos.

So what I will do is I will upload those. It is then confirming that I want to upload it. This is to make sure that you are happy to upload that because anything inside that folder will be uploaded, so you do not want to be sending stuff to somebody that you do not really want them to have. You then set in here where you want the email to go. So if we just put in the person's email address here. We put it there, and then here we have got the email where it is going to, and who it is coming from, so I am just going to change this one here, so it comes from a different email, a title, and in the message, we have got anything you want. So you can just say, "Hi, here are my videos." And then you hit the transfer button. Now the service we have got here is a free service, so when you are first using it, you need to verify your email. Now, if you pay for the service, then you will be able to log in, you will be able to use it, and also you will be able to send very, very large files over. So what you need to do is just enter in the code that you have been sent by email. So what I will do now is just look through for the code that has been sent through on my mobile phone. So I just click on my mobile phone, have a look for emails that are received. And what would have happened is the program would have sent me a number, so it has got here and it just sent me the number.

Just click on the box, and it says 2, 7, 7, 6, 8, 6, and then I hit verify. What it is doing is it is just verifying that the email address these files have been sent through is a genuine email address, because it does not want the systems on the Internet to scam people and send stuff through fraudulently or have any problem. Now as you see, I am sending two videos, these videos are quite large sizes. I think it is about 150 megabytes, so it is running through and you will see a counter on there and it is going out reasonably quickly. The speed it will go out will depend on how fast your Internet connection is, so this one here is running through at 11%.

If you need to cancel it, you can do that. Just hit the cancel button and then it will take you back to the previous screen. So if you think, "Oh, I also meant to send another file," you can cancel it and go back. If not, you just leave it running until it gets to the end and it would just go right away up to 100%. When it is at the 100% mark, you can then be able to close that program down. And what it would do is will then send you an email to confirm the file has been sent to the recipient, and also you will get another email when the recipient has downloaded it. So you will know the file has been sent to someone and downloaded. Now with these programs, if you are using the free versions, there is a maximum amount of time and they will be expiring within a set amount of days, so you cannot just send a file through and expect it to still be there in a month's time. So if you do send a file to somebody and they are on holiday and they are not able to download it for two, three weeks, it may be that the link is expired. But this does not happen with the paid versions. But running through, it is a very, very simple way of sending file sizes and some very big files to someone without any problem and securely.

Learning Outcomes:
  • EDSQ Unit 3 LO 9.3