In May 2016, Barracuda Networks’ Copy.com was discontinued, leaving many users wondering what would be the best option to replace this cloud storage service. Copy.com was a practical option to keep your files available whenever needed. Although it is no longer operating, there are many good alternatives that offer the same functionality and even more. Here is a list of the cloud services that you can consider.
pCloud is a strong solution in terms of security and it is committed to provide a high level of protection for your data. In order to ensure that your files are covered with the best security, make sure that you opt for Crypto, a paid feature that offers client-side encryption. pCloud is based in Switzerland and it gives you 10GB of storage for free and you can get more (up to 20GB) through referrals and by completing some simple tasks. A Linux client is available and you can backup content from services like Facebook and OneDrive, to pCloud. File sharing and other standard features are also supported and the paid plans are available for a convenient price.
Google Drive has earned the trust of many users thanks to its ease of use and reliability. If you are a fan of Gmail and other solutions from Google, this cloud storage service is the right choice. Google Drive gives you 15GB of storage for free and you can upload files as large as 5TB. Apart from offering simple performance and a good selection of features, Google Drive is a good alternative to Copy thanks to the fact that it can be used for a large variety of data including photos, audio tracks and documents. Google Drive also supports file revision history, collaboration options and other features. It is compatible with all major platforms and the paid plans are very affordable.
For many people, Dropbox is a synonym of cloud storage and although many other options are available, the popularity of this service is still strong. It is a good solution to store all your files and it is specially practical for photos. While the free solution only offers 2GB of storage, you can increase the capacity to up to 16 GB through referrals or when you complete some easy tasks. Dropbox works on multiple platforms, it supports file sharing, syncing and the desktop client doesn’t have any limits in terms of the size of the files that can be uploaded. One of the reasons why Dropbox is a great alternative to Copy is that it offers a good Linux sync client as well.
This is another solid alternative to Copy.com since it combines good performance and a varied selection of features. OneDrive can be used along with Office 365 and Outlook and its functionality can be increased when you use this productivity tools. You get up to 5GB of free storage space when you choose the Basic plan and you can get additional 5GB through referrals. The size of the files that can be uploaded is limited to 10GB, but OneDrive is a convenient option to share files and to manage access and editing permissions. The free storage offer is not as generous as what other providers offer and the cost of the plans is slightly higher. However, OneDrive is another solution that you can consider and it is compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
Amazon Cloud Drive
Unlike other services in the list, Amazon Cloud Drive doesn’t offer free storage space. However, it offers a good set of standard features that will suit many users. The service focuses on offering unlimited space for storing photos and the starting paid plan also gives you 5GB for other types of data. One of the downsides is that the size of the files that can be uploaded is limited to 2GB, which is very little. In spite of its limitations, Amazon Cloud Drive can be a good option if you mainly want to store photos. It works on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Kindle. The premium plans start from around $12 per year and you get unlimited space for photos and up to 5GB for other files.
While options like Google Drive and Dropbox can be convenient in many ways, they may not be the best option for users who are concerned about the privacy of their data. US based companies are likely to collaborate with the spying agencies like the NSA, which is why an option like Hubic could be better. Hubic is a French cloud storage provider that gives you 25GB for free and you can increase this to 50 GB through referrals. Apart from its generous free space offer and its commitment to privacy, Hubic is a great option due to its ease of use and practical features. It supports file sharing, multi-data syncing and its data backup solution allows you to save important files on a regular basis. Hubic also offers a sync client for Linux.