ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Free File Sharing Sites | 4Shared, The Ultra Hackable Paradise

Updated on September 13, 2009

I've recently, as in, in the last few months, found the need to host my files in an easy to access place. I could have, should have, and probably will in the future, hosted them on one of my own sites, but I thought I'd give one of the free file sharing sites a whirl. This is my story.

If you look for free file sharing, 4 Shared is the first site which will come to you on the Google. Beware, this thing gets hacked and hijacked so often that it's not even considered noteworthy anymore. One day, after a few weeks of service, I went to check my downloads and noticed that the page redirected to abcjardin/hacked.

4Shared had been hacked! Oh no! Surely the Internet would be in an uproar over one of the most prominent file sharing sites being compromised in this fashion. It's not just 'little people' like me who use the site, I've seen several significantly sized companies making downloads available there as well.

I went online and found reports of 4Shared being hijacked and hacked since 2007. A few dull notes existed about the current hack, but by and large, nobody seemed to be all that surprised, least of all 4shared, in spite of the fact that they had #fail attached to their brand and starting to trend on twitter.

This morning my 4shared account is back online. No email explaining what happened from the company, nothing. Apparently this is just another day in the life of 4Shared and users should just get used to it.

I'm afraid I disagree with 4shared's lackadaisical approach to protecting the data of their clients and the continuity of their service. Those who have files that they wish to 100% definitely be available for download day and night better steer clear of this site.

Once again, 4shared did not inform anyone that it had been hacked. There were no emails, there was no announcement, there was no explanation of any kind given. Yes, this is a free service, but if you're going to provide a broken service and fail to communicate with the clients who have elevated your service and revenues to the coveted top of Google's search results, (don't make the mistake of thinking 4Shared gets nothing out of this, they turn a tidy profit,) then don't bother providing it at all.

At first I was annoyed at the hackers, and yes, I still am, because that sort of thing is just like going around locking people out of their offices for fun. But now I'm much more irritated at 4shared for being the custodian sitting in the basement, scratching his posterior with his set of spare keys, belching his way through the third beer of the day, watching 'Oprah' while concerned workers pound on his door wanting to know how they are going to get their work done.

The moral of the story: Stay away from 4shared.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      That's why I never use free services like that.

      I use You can upload there for free, but if you want to download fast you need a premium account. The cost is fair though.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      is it again hacked now?

      It didn't load for a long time :(

    • Waren E profile image

      Waren E 

      9 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

      LOL, you nailed that one good!

      I couldn't agree more, Hope Alexander!

    • pisco profile image


      9 years ago from Portugal

      Thanks for the tip as we all want our files to be safe wherever they are, but this is really a huge flaw from them.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      You can bet that I will.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)