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In this article, we will take a lot at some alternatives to the popular storage service Dropbox. Most of you know and use Dropbox as a service backup and synchronization between your mobile devices. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Dropbox, I advise you to familiarize yourself with the product as it’s a useful service that allows you to carry around your most important files in your pocket…wherever you go. Obviously you will just need Internet to have access to them.

Now without delving to deep into Dropbox, let’s look at alternatives to the service. These alternatives are in the same business Dropbox is in. They keep your files stored safe and sound. Check them out below.

Box.com


It is a good alternative to Dropbox, which has already reached a high level of maturity. It is a service with diverse potential. It doesn’t just synchronize and backup your data, it helps you manage and share too. Thanks to a series of unique features box.com deserves the first place as an alternative to Dropbox. Of course, being a multi-platform service it allows you to share your data between devices like Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, etc.

Wuala.com


Wuala’s strong point in their service is safety. In fact, the files are encrypted before it’s passed out to the server, even if you are still on the computer. Once these are sent to the server encrypted, you will only have access to them through Wuala. The basic package offers you 5GB free, which can be increased by purchasing additional space or inviting new people to join the service. The software client is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and android.

Google Drive


Google Drive offers 5GB of free storage expandable for a fee (€2 per month to about 25 GB total). It has its strong point in the integration with other Google services such as Google Docs. It also provides tools that allow you to work in a team on the same files. Google Drive is available for Window, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and Chrome OS.

Sky Drive


We could not miss the service of “synchronizing to the cloud”, the Redmond software house provides you with 7 GB free space, thus beating off competition. The strengths of the service are better integration with Windows(8) and with Microsoft Office 2013. You can also edit office files directly online with the help of Office Web Apps. It is available for all major operating systems, fixed and mobile. On this page, you can find a comparison sheet with other services.

Sugar Sync


In Italy, the service is provided in partnership with Libero, and therefore you have to have a free mail account to access the service. They offer the “usual” 5 GB that you can raise by paying a small fee. The client already has a good level of maturity having reached version 2.0. To learn about the features of the service visit this official page. By counting the number of users of Free Mail, I think it may be a good alternative to Dropbox for many.

Team Drive


Team Drive has strong points in their algorithm of AES-256 encryption. In 2012, they also won the Award in IT Security confirmation of the safety standards, which makes it one of the best alternatives to Dropbox. It starts with 2GB of space for up to 10 GB with the mechanism of referrals (by inviting other people). The synchronization application file is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS and android. It can be very interesting for small and medium-sized enterprises that can use the server version to add to its network resources provided by the cloud.

Cloud Me


Cloud Me differs from Dropbox and other services because in addition to the usual client for file synchronization, you can also use Cloud top which is a real desktop environment with customizable apps to suit your needs. It is as if you have a virtual machine, accessible at any time via the Internet, which uses Cloud Me as a hard drive. It starts from 3 GB free and clients “classics” are available for all operating systems and mobile accepted.

Amazon Cloud Drive


All the power and speed of the Amazon server is at your service. Its speed is the strength of the service as well as simplicity. You have 5 GB free and are supported by a maximum size of a single file of 2 GB. For each account, you can connect up to eight devices and you cannot make the content public. This can greatly increase security, but limits a bit of possibilities. It is available for Linux ex client for Linux and unfortunately, the Italian language is not yet available.

Own Cloud


This is the alternative most of all geeks have. As the name suggests with this web app you can create your own cloud home. In practice, it is a real content management system like Word Press, Drupal, or Joomla. The application is installed on the server side and is a little more complicated than any CMS. The server is available for Linux, Mac OSX, and Window7 and Server 2008. The client is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. It is excellent for small and medium business realities. You can find a demo version of the web interface.

BitTorrent Sync


Finally, I want to report an increasingly popular new application that allows you to get a “private cloud” without the cloud! In fact, Bit torrent Sync is a very lightweight application that allows you to share a folder between multiple devices connected to a network, be it local or public (like the Internet). In which all the devices are “equal” and exchange information between among them. All this comes with maximum security because there is no intermediary / manager and then we have everything on hand. To access our files / folders to another user of Bit torrent sync needs a 32-character alphanumeric key that we need to provide. Once shared the secret file cannot be accessed shared by other users. If we share the code with someone we cannot, in fact, do anything to avoid doing it without our permission. Now the software is available in alpha version for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Android and iOS is still in the testing phase.

Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed the alternatives.

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About the Author: Alice Freriksen has written for SSLMatrix, Symantec SSL Certificate Reseller. She is technical content writer since last 2 year. In her free time, she enjoys social media. Follow her @Twitter, Facebook
  • Sudeep B. Makwana

    Good One .. thanks

  • http://www.idrive.com/ Shane

    Another solution worth considering is our product, IDriveSync. Free accounts give users 10GB of storage,and we offer private key encryption, which prevents anyone but you from seeing your data – something Dropbox does not do. You can sync cross-platform, with Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. You can check us out at http://www.idrivesync.com

    • Tom

      It’ states 5GB free!?

  • http://www.colorexpertsbd.com/ Ayisha Papiya

    Your dropbox collection are awesome !! These are really alternatives. I got huge of important idea from your post who will be helpful for my next project.

  • http://www.charlotteswebstudios.com/ Web Design Virginia

    Thanks for this… always looking for this type of info!!

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  • http://www.designingsean.com Sean Ryan

    I like the idea of BitTorrent Sync, but my main issue with it would be the fact that the computer with the source file needs to be “on” for the other computer to sync. With Dropbox, I add a file, it syncs to the cloud. I can then close my computer up for the day. When I get home, I start up another computer, and it will pull down the file. If I understand how it works, BTSync needs the first computer to stay on to sync to the second.

  • Nick

    Just started using Copy, who are now offering a free 15Gb + 5Gb bonus https://copy.com/?r=PaPGIb .

    They are run by Barracuda Networks so security should be pretty good too

  • Bendroid

    You forgot copy. Copy is by far the
    best cloud storage provider at the moment. So hurry up and register
    as long as they provide the extra storage. One month ago they offered
    only 5 GB for registration, now you get 15 GB.

    When registering with my link you start
    directly with 5 GB extra (so you get 20 GB instead of 15GB). After
    registration you can start to invite other people with you personal
    referral link to gain extra space. The best feature: For every invite
    of one of your friends you gain 5 GB extra storage space and there
    seems to be no limit.

    https://copy.com?r=RlA3Bp

    • Edy

      Copy is really great cloud storage. And for every invite
      of one of your friends you gain 5 GB extra storage space and there
      seems to be no limit (It is true) :). Lets help each other and both get what we need :): https://copy.com?r=vTSU2F

    • F Khan

      I just registered with your link but can’t see the 5GB bonus after signing up. Although it was showing that I was eligible for the bonus.

      Is there something I’m missing?

      • John

        You need to check your email and then download their client for either iOS or Mac or whatever OS you use.

  • Orlando Selenu

    And what about Mega.co.nz ? They give you 50 GigaBytes for free. Ok, I didn’t have luck with the official client, but it’s great via Chrome.

  • Hananel Hazan

    Alternative to DropBox is Copy! that offer 20Gb of free storage, the
    upload and download speed are like Dropbox and faster from all
    alternative that I can find (Gdrive, SkyDrive, Box)

    if you want to get 20Gb, register from this link:

    https://copy.com?r=wV8Kv0

  • Marcel Sonnabend

    Good overview! But the safety one is http://www.pinetix.com

    And no access for government!!!

  • JW

    After a lot of checking, Copy does seem like a good new option, and currently beats not only Dropbox on storage, but Google Drive as well(never thought I’d see that). They all seem to have mobile and desktop apps.

    As for the specs, on 2013.07.15 they stacked up as follows:

    Basic Free Storage:
    Dropbox – 2GB
    Google – 15GB
    Copy – 15GB

    Additional storage per referral:
    Dropbox – 500MB
    Google – None
    Copy – 5GB

    Storage from Referal Limits:
    Dropbox – 18GB MAX
    Google – N/A
    Copy – No set maximum that I can find in print??

    And if you are looking for more storage with a paid account, the prices for personal per/mo are:

    Dropbox – 100GB/$10 , 200GB/$20 , 500GB/$50 ,
    Google – 100GB/$5 , 200GB/$10 , 400GB/$20 , 1000GB/$50
    Copy – 250GB/$10 , 500GB/$15 , 1000GB/$30

    I went ahead and signed up for a free copy account from a referal link so I have 20GB free so far. You have to verify an email address and download the desktop application before they count you as a valid new customer and give you the extra free storage. With a quick review, the android app seems fairly smooth, and sharing is easy, but I can’t comment beyond that.

    Drag and drop file upload with Chrome worked with 50 files @ 15MB total(~7minutes), however 1000 files @ 15 mb total ate up 1.5 gigs of ram before crashing the tab(55/50 chance that is a chrome issue not the site as I had to close tab not just reload it to free the ram). On a second attempt of the 1000cnt@50MB/t upload, selecting half the files at a time kept the tabs ram usage under a gig and allowed the upload to finish. There seems to be no built in progress meter with multiple files, though I did get a notification popup for each file (times 1000, ugh), so there is some notification at least(tiny files uploaded ~ 1 file per second). One thing to note when dropping a folder, the files seemed to have all made it, but the subfolder structure was lost and they were all put in the top directory. In my test files, all were uniquely named so I am unsure how they handle this sub folder problem and duplicate file names(have yet to try again with firefox). With a single 50MB zip file the upload averaged 120KB/s (960Kb/s) up, much better than google, but still way below what my connection can handle(cpu and ram usage were minimal). Also, with the single file, I noticed a circular progress indicator at the bottom of the folder’s list.

    Tried streaming a mp3/m4a/flv and all streamed just fine without buffering(shared via public folder to different computer), though I haven’t figured out how to do a playlist yet. One oddity to note, the folder was public shared with a few public shared files and a few secure shared(requiring login) files inside it. For the files shared so as to require login, trying to access them directly via their own shortcuts would trigger the requirement to login, but if the link to the shared parent folder was used then all files(even the secure shared files) were available without login. Just fyi, don’t accidentally share a sensitive file. Also, hosting public shared, static html didn’t seem to work very well for me(anybody know a trick?).

    The desktop app behaved pretty much like any of the others, most behavior unremarkable, ~70MB of ram, and no cpu usage to speak of under normal conditions. And, just like the google app, drop a whole lot of files in the folder at once and ram and cpu consumption spike way above what should be needed for such a task. Upload speed was the same ~120KBs range as with chrome(still faster than the 20KBs I’ve been getting with google), but the down speed was something to note with the 50MB zip file reaching 2.5 MEGABYTES per SECOND on the cloud to local sync(hopefully they don’t throttle this later, but if such speed congests your connection you can set limits in preferences).

    Something else I found very very interesting is that shortcuts to folders that are put in copy’s sync folder behave as if you are actually storing the data in copy’s folder. This means that you don’t have to chose between having the files where you want them, and having them synced(or the always fun, multiple copies game), just create a shortcut of the folder you want to sync and drop it into copy’s sync folder. Be aware that copy treats the shortcut linked folders as if they are really inside the copy folder, so if you put a shortcut to your music folder and then decide you need more space to upload something at a friends house, deleting that mp3 online will also delete the file from your music library folder at home and it doesn’t go to the normal recycle bin (there is a recycling bin type recovery only in the desktop app, under preferences/manage files/undelete but I am unsure how long files stay there) so it is best to consider that once a linked file is deleted, it is for good unless you have a backup(which you should always have!!) Also, BE VERY CAREFUL with shortcuts if using the desktop app on more than one computer!! http://justliketheotherone.blogspot.co.il/2013/03/copycom-band-saw-with-no-hand-guard.html This is a newer service, and they already seem to have more things right than those who have been doing it for years, but there will be growing pains, and as a rule, always backup your data, never trust the copy on OR linked to the cloud to be your only copy; you WILL loose something eventually. https://copy.zendesk.com/entries/24410771-Create-a-backup-of-appdata-before-upgrading-

    Overall, even though the service is pretty new, I must say I must color myself impressed when compared to the other offerings out there. I’ll be leaving the app installed and am intrigued as to what they will come up with in the future.

    Oh, heck, might as well do some shameless self promotion: If you found this overly long summary of my research/experience helpful & you wish to give me a little thank you when/if you try copy…. Then please use this link to sign up with, and we will both get an extra 5GB of free storage. ^o^

    https://copy.com?r=VjyqiP

    Happy Syncing,

    J

  • daphoenix

    Copy is a new cloud service that is amazing! Dropbox conventionally only offers 2gb of storage, to say the least is hardly nothing for your videos / mp3 files. Copy provides 15 gb free on registration, and you can get an additional 5GB by registering through this link!

    Total of 20gb registering through this link:

    https://copy.com?r=kzyjno

  • Mr. T

    Copy.com gives 15gb of starting space. Right now w/this referal linkhttps://copy.com?r=yGI0Xb you can get an extra 5gb for a total of 20gb of space. I’ve been using them for a while now & it’s excellent service.

  • Zane Zaneamem

    As others have mentioned, copy.com is a legit dropbox competitor.
    Use my fresh referral link for extra 5gb for both you and me, thanks

    https://copy.com?r=Ca33FM

  • Andrey Kedrinskiy

    It is very interesting to see how people from copy try to promote their business. Slow down a little bit. Now does not look convincing.

  • Erik Wellander

    Yes Novell “Filr” is the enterprise version of choice if your company likes to be in control.
    Just how GOOD is it to leave all the files on the original file server and still get access from your phone and laptop or web browser. And if you are permitted to share the file one can just enter the email address to whom it may concern and share away!!! Also why not make a comment about the file or directory, and keep the collaboration up to date.

  • Alan Cousins

    As others have commented, copy.com is unbeatable – if you kindly use this link, we both gain an additional 5GB, taking yours to 20GB free service – thank you, alan

    https://copy.com?r=DzlhWU

  • amol

    new version of copy is great, to get it, click on https://next-d.copy.com?r=KdSihL

  • Lucy

    We are currently users of dropbox – however there is a huge issue that dropbox doesn’t let other people in the office or offsite when a file is being used by someone else. Any alternative?

  • dyno

    Tonido (http://www.tonido.com) is a great choice if you are looking for a self hosted one.

  • http://gadgetoq.com Ashi

    This is a impressive list. I think MEGA is another great cloud service. And it is giving massive 50GB of free space for lifetime. It is also secured.

  • Sam

    Wuala is a pain. No internet connection means your files can’t be accessed. Also it uses Java, so you are in trouble every time the people at Oracle sneeze (i.e. upgrade JRE).