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New instance of Filesender – a secure service to share large files with anyone

SANReN has implemented the latest version of Filesender, a web based application that allows authenticated users to securely and easily send arbitrarily large files to other users.

Below are the guidelines for accessing the service and what values it adds to your day to day operations.

What problem does the service solve?
You need to send a file larger than a couple of megabytes to someone and the e-mail comes back indicating: “attachment too big” or “mailbox too full”, that is where FileSender comes in handy.

How do I use the service?
Upon logging in, you are presented with a user-friendly interface. You can set the file to be available for download for a certain period so that it automatically gets removed when the file reaches its expiry date. You have an option to drag and drop your file when uploading it to the application. You also have an option to get a link to the file after uploading it or send it to a recipient as an e-mail.

The service is integrated with the South African Identity Federation, which provides a pool of institutions you can authenticate from to use the service. If your institution is not registered on SAFIRE as yet, you can login with a social media account if you are from an eligible institution. 

Where do I access the service?

You can access the service at

Drop us an e-mail at for any queries regarding the service.

SAFIRE joins eduGAIN

The eduGAIN steering group voted last week to admit the South African Identity Federation, SAFIRE, as its 41st member and the first fully participating member from Africa.

In simple terms, eduGAIN it is the web equivalent of the eduroam wireless roaming service — it is an academic inter-federation with 41 member countries from around the world. South Africa’s membership of eduGAIN will provide local academics and researchers with an easy way to log into over a thousand participating services worldwide using their home organisation’s username and password. Federated identity services play an increasingly critical role in facilitating access to big science projects, and so South Africa’s participation in this space is an important milestone towards allowing South African scientists to collaborate in international research.

Locally, SAFIRE will make it easier for universities and research organisations to collaborate in a wide variety of fields, from teaching and learning through to interdisciplinary research. As it grows, SAFIRE should help the research and education sector realise economies of scale and savings in systems integration costs (in fact, thanks to eduGAIN, many of these integrations may already be done). The federation can also provide participants with more granular mechanisms to control access to expensive electronic resources, such as those provided by university libraries.

Anyone wishing to learn more about identity federation and what it can do for your campus is encouraged to visit Information for South African research and education institutions wishing to participate in SAFIRE is available at


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