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Hightail

Secure file sharing app


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Published 01/20/2015 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Hightail is a secure file sharing application that is used by businesses and teams to send and collaborate on all manner of files. The file sharing app comes with a comprehensive set of features that ensure secure online file storage and sending, tight version control and close change tracking. Hightail employs high level security measures for complete control and prevention against threat. The app can be accessed from any device, with the ability to send and view both files as well as folders. Files and folders can be downloaded or saved to your online Hightail account which includes unlimited storage.

With Hightail, you can send up to 10GB at a time from any internet-enabled device - desktop, tablets or phones - as well as directly from your Outlook email account. In addition to Outlook, Hightail integrates with SharePoint and Salesforce allowing you to share content from within these apps. With Hightail you can send both files as well as folders and subfolders. You can edit files from your phone, and can even access files from mobile devices when you are offline. Further to file and folder sharing, Hightail lets you sign documents online with its e-signature tool.

Hightail uses secure data centers, 128-bit SSL encryption in transit and 256-bit AES encryption in rest to protect your files and folders. Further security options include the ability to set an expiration date for unopened files, as well as enforcing verification of recipient identity. You can choose which colleagues can edit and update files, or give them view-only access. Premium features let you switch on password protection, premium delivery, and return receipts. The “Teams” edition of Hightail also includes custom branding for a more personalized experience.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Hightail was founded in 2004 and was formerly called YouSendIt. The app was founded as a solution to send files that are too large to be sent by email. The company received a large amount of funding between 2005 and 2010. The app was renamed Hightail in 2013 following further funding. The app has grown in popularity over the years and is now used by a number of large organization, such as the Special Olympics and Sony Pictures, as well hundreds of small to medium sized companies.

What are the differences to other apps?

Hightail prides itself on high-level security and comprehensive control options, which some other file sharing apps lack. Features such as the ability to set specific file access and usage permissions, password protection and identity verification, expiry dates for unopened files, file tracking, return receipts and premium delivery mean Hightail users have more control over their files. Other standout feature of the app include: the offline mode for mobile access to files, app integrations, unlimited file storage and the ability to send entire folders.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Hightail offers a sleek red, black and white interface, with colors that denote the app’s high-level security and control features. The main dashboard shows a summary of all file activity including those recently sent, received and due to expire. The top navigational header gives access to the File Activity, Send, Folders and Sign tabs. When in the Send tab, there are additional “send controls” options that can be selected when deciding what files to send. All of the additional options and setting in the app are easily accessible and usable. Hightail works seamlessly on desktops, tablets, laptops and mobiles.

How does the registration process work?

You can try Hightail for free by clicking on the “Try It Now For Free” button in the centre of the homepage. Clicking this button leads you to a signup page upon which you need to fill in a form requesting your email, name and password. Completion of the form gives you access to a free trial of the paid-for version of Hightail. You can also sign up for the “free forever” version of Hightail directly from the website. This free plan provides 2GB of storage, 250MB of file sharing and 5 e-signatures.

What does it cost to use the application?

Hightail is offered on four pricing plans: Lite, Professional, Teams and Enterprise. The Lite plan is free and includes 250MB of file sharing, 2GB of storage, and 5 e-signatures. The Professional plan costs $15.99 per user/per month and includes 10GB of file sharing, and unlimited storage and e-signatures. The Teams plan costs $24.99 per user/per month and includes 10GB of file sharing, unlimited storage and e-signatures, and custom branding. The Enterprise plan includes customized sharing, storage and support options, a quote for this plan is available upon request.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Hightail was built for creative professionals such as those in the media and entertainment, advertising, marketing, legal, and creative services industries. However, the app can be, and is used, by companies in all industries. While Hightail is used by large and well-known organizations the free and professional plans mean it is also accessible to small to medium-sized companies. Hightail is suited to professionals and teams who need a secure way to share and collaborate on all manner of files with colleagues and clients.

  • Send files up to 10GB on paid plans and up to 250MB on the free plan
  • Unlimited file storage on paid plans and 2GB storage on the free plan
  • Send and receive files, folders and subfolders
  • Download files to your computer or save to your Hightail account
  • 128-bit SSL encryption in transit and 256-bit AES encryption at rest
  • Set file expiration date and verify recipient identity
  • Premium options for premium delivery, password protection and return receipts


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