Number one: Sync
Sync is a cloud storage service that makes it easy to store, share, and access your important files from anywhere in the world. This company is often referred to as one of the best alternatives to Dropbox, and offers many robust features that appeal to both individuals and businesses. Here’s a basic run down on what Sync.com offers:
- 100% Private Cloud – Security and privacy is guaranteed with end-to-end file encryption.
- Access Files From Anywhere – Sync.com has impressive desktop and mobile apps that allow you to access your files from anywhere in the world.
- Easy File Sharing – You can easily share or send files with anyone, even if they don’t have a Sync account. You can set password protection as well as expiration dates.
- Team Collaboration – Sync is a great solution for businesses that want to work together remotely on files. Easy setup for user permissions and access controls.
Number two: Jottacloud
Jottacloud is the new version of the Norwegian online backup service Jotta. With their 2012 rebranding came new features, a syncing engine, and a renewed interest in security and promoting the European privacy laws that protect them.
In the post-Snowden world, the privacy afforded to these European companies is appealing for those looking to move from U.S. based companies like OneDrive and Google Drive. So how good of a replacement is it?
- Automated/Scheduled backup for unlimited devices
- Network share support
- 5 GB of storage for free
- Cheap unlimited storage upgrade
- Protected by Norwegian privacy laws
- 256-bit AES encryption on server
- RAW/DNG file support
- Software support for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone
Number three: Dropbox
The service stays relevant with fast and reliable sync capabilities, integrates with Microsoft Office Online and has a nice notes app. The big problem with Dropbox is that it just isn’t budget friendly. Many of the best features that Dropbox is coming up with lately require a Dropbox Professional subscription, which costs $20 a month and only gets you 1TB of storage.
We’ll get into all the details over the course of our updated Dropbox review. Our focus here is the Dropbox personal plans. If you’re looking for a business solution, jump to our Dropbox Business review.
Even if you ultimately decide to go with another service detailed in our library of cloud storage reviews, you can still use Dropbox with a free 2GB account.
All the Dropbox apps are free to download, and there are plenty of them, but space is pretty limited if you don’t pay. The free personal account starts you out with a meager 2GB.