July 16, 2014

Torpedo –Self-Destructing Files

Torpedo is to file sharing what Snapchat is to photos. The web-based application provides its users with a straightforward way to quickly share files with self-destructing private links that are designed to last for either 48 hours or one download.

Just like you wouldn’t leave a UPS package sitting on your front porch for days, Torpedo believes you shouldn’t be letting sensitive files hang around in the cloud for years. The next time you have a private document to share, drag that file to the Torpedo icon in your menu bar and select whether the file should self-destruct in 48 hours or after one download. Torpedo automatically copies a link to your clipboard, and you can share that link with whomever you’d like. If the need arises, you also have the option to destroy your own links before they’ve been downloaded or viewed by the recipient.

In addition to providing you with a way to securely share files, Torpedo also lets you send shorter “secrets,” which would include things like passwords and credit card numbers. Just enter your secret information into Torpedo, and the application will immediately encrypt your message. The data can only be decrypted when it’s viewed using your private link. This ensures that your data is safe, even if you’ve shared it with someone who’s email account has been hacked.

Practical Uses:

  • Securely send your email password to a friend
  • Email your social security number to your accountant
  • Send private business documents to clients
  • Encrypt private information like credit card numbers before sharing them with your personal assistant

Insider Tips:

  • Torpedo deletes files from its servers within 48 hours
  • Some files may be zipped before they’re uploaded to Torpedo’s servers
  • Select whether private links should be destroyed after one download or two days
  • Files are automatically deleted if they aren’t downloaded within 30 days of being uploaded to Torpedo

What we liked:

  • Torpedo has no file type restrictions
  • Recipients can view “secrets” in their browsers without having to download them
  • Users with Pro accounts can use custom domains
  • Torpedo encrypts data for its users

What we didn’t like:

  • Users with free plans are limited to 10 uploads per day


Company Info:


  • Free plan
  • Pro plan is $3 per month or $30 per year

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