September 6, 2010

SafeDrop – The Secure Way to Share Info Online

Email messages can easily get hacked, and security with standard snail mail isn’t much better. So what’s a person supposed to do when he needs to share an important document with a client, but doesn’t live close enough to drop it off in person? SafeDrop thinks it has the answer. The secure document and message-sharing site allows users to send sensitive files without fear that the messages will be copied, pasted, or forwarded to anyone else.

Whether you’re a freelancer or a business owner, you can sign up for a free trial with SafeDrop and start testing out the site for yourself within minutes. Use the site similarly to how you would use a new email account by typing in a message and attaching any important documents. SafeDrop provides a special space for a one-time message, where you can type “maximum security” information like passwords and credit card numbers without fear of this information being exposed to anyone else but your recipient. Once your message is ready, go ahead and add the email address of the person you’re sending it to and you’re done. Your message will be encrypted while it’s in transit, and SafeDrop will send you a delivery receipt that lets you know when the message has been viewed.

The messages and documents you send and receive through SafeDrop will be automatically deleted after a pre-selected period of time, leaving no trace on anyone’s servers or paper trail to be followed up on. You can also create a custom domain through the site, giving you an additional level of security and professionalism when communicating with important clients. Whether you’re sharing credit card numbers, banking passwords, or top-secret trade information, SafeDrop is an application that ensures your messages will be seen only by the people you intend.

Practical Uses:

  • Send private messages that even your IT staff can’t view
  • Securely share confidential information with other business associates
  • Give your spouse your bank password without fear of it getting stolen in transit
  • Share personal messages with your closest friends without fear of misuse

Insider Tips:

  • Create a custom domain for a company-branded look
  • Control the privacy levels and determine how long each message should be kept
  • Upload private documents that can only be viewed by the intended recipient
  • Specify how long your client has to view the message before it’s automatically deleted

What we liked:

  • Users can set all the controls for their own accounts
  • View your messages with a web browser or a desktop tool
  • Use the API to control even more elements of your account
  • Only 3 SafeDrop admins have access to the data on the company servers

What we didn’t like:

  • For day-to-day emails, using SafeDrop is probably not necessary
  • Monthly price is based on the number of users, making it less than ideal for larger companies


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2009
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: London, England
  • Founded by: Angus Bradley
  • Web site:


  • Free trial
  • £9.99 per user, per month


  1. Thanks for taking the time to review us.
    We do provide fixed price deals based on expected usage for larger companies – so if you have lots of users, the per user price drops a lot!


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