Writer’s Note: Briefly searching for alternatives, I found two applications, Syncthing and Retroshare, that do what OnionShare does for those skeptical of tor.

Privacy is all but dead it seems these days. With everything about us digitized and sold to the highest bidder it’s become a task to keep what privacy is left. But all isn’t lost I think.

I found out about OnionShare a while ago but never really dived in. So it collected dust on my computer. But recently I came across a tweet from the tor project who promoted OnionShare 2. And I knew what it was and thought, “let’s give it another go.”

I read the article and it was like I found gold. Because for some time, I’ve used applications like box, pcloud and rarely google drive to store documents I might later share to someone or to myself. But with OnionShare 2, which is privacy oriented, I’m not hosting any files on someone else’s server, like Google.

I did a quick test after installing and realized I need to use it when possible. The reason, besides being a protector of privacy, is everything I’m sharing can stay on my computer. So I can host an epub file, upload it, share the link OnionShare spits out and download that file using tor’s browser.

The Tor Project | Privacy & Freedom Online

Defend yourself against tracking and surveillance. Circumvent censorship.

It’s truly decentralized where you’re in control of the data because it never leaves your computer except going through the tor network, which has its own concerns to consider.

Tor: What You Need to Know

A perfect use case for me would be sharing music that I’ve made, like tracked out wav files, and if a person (like an engineer) needed to download those files then he would only need that link and tor’s browser, and I wouldn’t need to sign up for anything or continuing having an account on someone else’s platform, which is becoming more and more like surveillance routes and data selling agents.

Not that I’ve had any issues with these services I’ve used but with OnionShare 2 it gives me something that I have control over and gives a sense of security, and it’s just a simple tool for sharing files.

I’m betting there’s plenty of use cases for OnionShare 2 that will prove useful for many and I’m glad it exists.

OnionShare

OnionShare lets you securely and anonymously share a file of any size.

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