Once a niche technology limited to e-mail, FTP, and bulletin boards, the Internet embraced HTML and the World Wide Web was our oyster. But the currency of the Internet is still files. Here are our two top picks for handling them online.
Dropbox has used 2GB of free space (for your friends ... and their friends ... and their friends) and a referral system that gives users another free 2GB per referral up to 18GB free to turn itself into a Internet file-storage powerhouse in only a few years.
With standout software on all platforms--Win, Mac, iOS, Android--a fully functional Web interface, set-it-and-forget-it drive and folder syncing, and the ability to easily share any file with anyone (on Dropbox or not), Dropbox is our top Internet pick. Read full review
If you're distributing or downloading large files (Linux distros and game demos/mods spring to mind), you're going to run into a BitTorrent file sooner or later. BitTorrent is a technology invented by Bram Cohen that allows a large number of users to all download and upload from each other simultaneously. (Most people don't understand how it works, but it does work.) uTorrent (officially pronounced "micro-torrent")` has always been the best torrent app, so much so that BitTorrent Inc. bought the code and made it part of the official BitTorrent client. Read full review