Launched a little over a year ago, Humyo.com; is an online file-storage, -sharing and collaboration service that gives you a generous 10GB of storage free of charge. Data security is taken care of with 128-bit SSL encryption.

With Java installed and enabled, you drag-and-drop to upload files and folders to Humyo.com. Alternatively, simply pull files from other websites.

It works beautifully, with one major irritant. You can up- or download only one file or folder at a time. These can be as big as you like (up to your storage limit), but you can't set and forget multiple folders to upload.

There is a desktop program that solves this problem, but you need to be a Premium account holder to use it. As well as some other useful features, the desktop Humyo also offers automated back-ups. A 14-day free trial is available.

Humyo Premium gives you 100GB storage, and costs £4.59 a month, or £45.99 for a year.

Once uploaded, you can interact with your Humyo.com files in several ways.

Edit an uploaded text document on your desktop, for instance, and Humyo will save the changes to the web-borne copy. Media files play directly from Humyo.com, and you can view images natively: individually, or in a slideshow. Impressively, you can also access files through any internet-enabled mobile phone.

Humyo.com is clever other ways, too: file types are automatically identified and sorted into relevant categories. Upload MP3s, for example, and they will drop into My Music (as well as the My Files/Uploaded Files section of Humyo.com). There they can be sorted by Album, Genre and so on.

Sharing and collaboration is a cinch. Using the Community area, you simply add friends to share Humyo.com files with them - so make sure your 'friends' are exactly that.

This does mean that collaborators must also sign up to Humyo.com. But from a security point of view, we can't argue with that. It is, after all, free.

Humyo: Specs

  • Windows XP/Vista
  • Java-enabled web browser for drag-and-drop functionality
  • internet connection
  • Windows XP/Vista
  • Java-enabled web browser for drag-and-drop functionality
  • internet connection

OUR VERDICT

Intuitive, secure and - in its basic form - free. We can't think of a reason not to use Humyo.com for storing and sharing up to 10GB of files and folders.

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