Update: I take back everything nice I said about Amazon Cloud Drive. Unfortunately, it’s not ready for prime time. While you can store stuff there, it’s difficult to interact with it in the same way you can with Dropbox or Google Drive. As a result, I’ve dumped Amazon Cloud Drive–what a terrible interface they have!–and switched back to GoogleDrive.
Earlier this month, I received a notice from Dropbox. It said, simply, that I was no longer going to have access to gigs of space (buying a Samsung phone had given me additional hours) I had over the last few years. Instead, access would be knocked down 48 gigs! Still, I had to prioritize content for removal from the cloud, and figure out a way to migrate it from one cloud storage solution to another.
At the time, I wished for a solution that would allow me unlimited storage and an easy way to blend my work scattered across various cloud storage solutions. Then, Amazon Cloud Drive—unlimited storage–for $5 for initial year came along (it may still be available, so I encourage you to take advantage of it!); it regularly costs $60 a year, which still isn’t a bad deal.
Some other needs:
- Access cloud storage solution on all platforms (especially GNU/Linux)
- Unlimited storage or as close to it as possible at low cost
- A way to move content from one cloud storage solution to another easily.
- Easy Encryption accessible on mobile as well as computer
CLOUD STORAGE OPTIONS
Here are the cloud storage solutions I’m now using:
- Google Drive (Total Storage: 24gigs)- This is essentially where I store everything I’m using regularly. I don’t imagine moving away from it, but I do occasionally back things up to USB external drives at home. Few items, if any, are confidential. Supports 2 factor authentication $20 per year.
- Dropbox (Total Storage: previously 64gigs) – This is where I store podcasts and content for the Around the Corner blog. There are no backups of the data stored on Dropbox, and none of it is confidential. Works great across multiple OSs and platforms, even if it has a bad rep for security. Supports 2 factor authentication. No Cost.
- Amazon Cloud Drive (Total Storage: Unlimited) – This is the first solution that provides unlimited storage at a reasonable cost. This will also let me make encrypted backups available via the cloud and better organize work. $60 per year (except for the initial $5 promotion)
It’s amazing to see all the data flowing from one location to another:
SECURING CLOUD STORAGE
In the past, I’ve eschewed solutions like Boxcryptor (even though it’s great!) in favor of free, open source encryption solutions (e.g. Secure Space Encryptor). Unfortunately, SSE won’t work on mobile devices I use every day and I need some assurance of encryption.
While Amazon Cloud Drive has a nice web interface, Boxcryptor has just come out with Boxcryptor Portable, a solution that works on GNU/Linux and allows interfaces to all the cloud storage solutions I use (e.g. GoogleDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, Dropbox) and others.
With Boxcryptor Portable, you don’t need a local installation of Boxcryptor or even your favorite cloud storage provider’s software. Therefore it is ideal for users who do not have administrator rights on their computer. Boxcryptor Portable connects directly to your provider to maximise your flexibility. Simply log in to your Boxcryptor account to have all your data in one place, encrypt it or perform file actions. Boxcryptor Portable supports all providers which are supported in our official Android version (Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive and many more).
The usage is very similar to our smartphone apps as you decide on uploads and downloads. Therefore, there is no need to sync files locally. Place Boxcryptor Portable on your USB drive, hard drive or download it directly from our homepage and use it on any computer. Access your secure data without caring about limitations of the computer you are using.
This makes Boxcryptor ($48 a year, although there is a free version that allows access from 2 devices) an easy-to-use solution for encryption. Again, you may not need it and may prefer to just encrypt files on your computer before storing them in the cloud storage solution of your choice.
How are you managing your cloud storage solutions?