In support of World Backup Day, I thought I’d offer my advise on the best cloud backup solutions.  Make sure you have a backup of all your important files and of course, backup your websites!

There are so many options when it comes to storing your data in the cloud, it can be difficult to understand the benefits of one provider from the next.

So, we’ve got our heads together to give you a run down of our favourite cloud storage provider as well as what to look out for when choosing.

So here goes, our favourite cloud solutions are :

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1. Sync.com

Sync.com is my current favourite cloud solution, giving me the peace of mind knowing my data is secure as well as being affordable.

I really like using this solution as it gets out of the way while it performs the backups and provides me with access to my files, securely from anywhere.

Here are the details of sync.com

  • Provides 5Gb of free, secure storage.
  • Has a ‘zero knowledge’ security approach, which means not even they can read your data!
  • Provides desktop, mobile app and web access to your files.
  • Can be used with 2 factor authentication for even more security.
  • Share files securely.
  • File revision and recovery options.
  • For a fast, reliable and secure solution, it’s relativity cheap at $98 per year for 2Tb of storage!

Some negatives :

  • Can’t download folders from the web control panel, you have to select individual files.
  • It doesn’t work behind a proxy server.
  • No file previews (But this is because it’s a secure solution).

I have been told by sync.com that the proxy and the folder download features are on their road map for improvements, so hopefully it won’t take long.

For a full list of features, please visit sync.com

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2. Tresorit.com

I used tresorit for a while and really do like it, especially since they now offer a web based client too.  It has the security benefits of sync.com, but it is more expensive and I don’t find it as easy to use.

Here are the positives :

  • Provides 3Gb of free, secure storage.
  • Has the same security as sync.com and based in Switzerland.
  • Can be used with 2 factor authentication for even more security.
  • Provides desktop, mobile app and web access to your files.
  • Can be used behind a proxy server.
  • Share files securely.
  • File revision and recovery options.

Some negatives :

  • Like sync.com, you can’t download folders
  • No preview of files in web control panel.
  • A bit expensive, at £8 a month for 100Gb or £16 a month for 1Tb.

Certainly worth looking at, especially for businesses that need more control over access and restrictions.

For a full list of features, please visit tresorit.com

 

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3. Copy.com

Copy.com is powered by Barracuda who have an excellent reputation in the networking field.  You can get up to 50Gb of storage for free, but you do have to follow their suggestions to get that much, a lot will be down to referrals, but still, 20Gb is easily achievable without referrals so that’s pretty good.

Here are the positives :

  • A hefty 20Gb of free cloud storage.
  • Provides desktop, mobile app and web access to your files.
  • You can preview a large amount of files from the web interface.
  • Allows downloads of folders in zipped format.
  • $99 a year for 1Tb of storage.
  • No maximum file size.
  • File revision and recovery options.

Here are the negatives :

  • No ‘zero knowledge’ security.
  • No 2 factor authentication available.
  • Web interface can get a little cluttered, but it does give you plenty of options.
  • Hosted in the USA, so will have to comply with their privacy laws.

I used copy.com for a while instead of dropbox and always found it a better solution.

For a full list of features please visit copy.com

What To Look For

When searching for a cloud storage provider, there are plenty of things to consider and it can get quite frustrating finding the right solution for you.

Here are some things to think about before you commit :

  • Are my files secured?  Only a zero knowledge system can provide real security.
  • Will I get support if needed.  Send an email to the company and ask a question, check out their response!
  • Don’t just assume cheaper is better!
  • Make sure the cloud is not your only backup.

I hope this has helped give you a better understanding of cloud storage and provided you with a few options for you to find the right solution for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments below or drop us an email!

Steve

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