Ever since their inception in the mid 2000s, cloud storages introduced a huge change in the way how we use and how think about our data.
Today, cloud storages became the foundation for any kind of serious IT-oriented product or a service. Still, even if storing some data in an imaginary cloud where it will be accessible to your employees anywhere anytime is certainly a blessing; the question of its security is still considered by many a curse. Let us look then at some of the cloud storage services which are dealing with this issue in the most efficient manner.
Dropbox is the most well known cloud
storage provider outside the big three (Google, Microsoft, Apple), and its rise
to fame was not for nothing. Offering 5GB of storage for free (you can upgrade
to 1TB for the price of the monthly subscription and additional 50GB if you buy
some phones and tablets), great cross-platform accessibility, and neat set of
features, Dropbox makes one very solid product. What is the most important,
though, are two-step authentication, and the AES 256-bit encryption on the
Dropbox servers, which tackle the issue of security pretty nicely.
Although it is still not one of the biggest
names in the cloud storage wars, pCloud
is certainly hell-bent on making a longstanding impression on the market. From
what we are seeing now, that should not be too hard to accomplish. Similarly to
its competition, this service offers initial free storage (pretty tempting
20GB) with the possibility of paid upgrade. What makes it very unique, on the
other side, is the great amount of care developers put in the cloud’s security.
Visit the website and you will see the offer of $20.000 for everyone who breaks
pCloud’s encryption. The number of lucky hackers is still zero.
Coming from the kitchen of controversial
German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, this New Zealand based company also puts heavy
emphasis on the security of its users’ data. Most notably, Mega itself is not
capable of accessing your files because everything you send on the cloud is
encrypted locally, and the only person knowing the encryption key is none other
than you. Add to the equation wide support for Windows, and Linux, coupled with
apps for all the major smartphone platforms and you will get one very pleasing
This service is, as its name imply, one of
the most secure cloud storages currently available. Much like the previous
mention, Tresorit also features local encryption, this time coupled with
two-step verification, and the servers based on the very
strict Swiss laws. Tresorit’s major drawback is, on the other side very
obscured, and quite frankly unnecessary mechanism allowing you to use the
initial 3GB of storage which come for free. To do that, you will be first asked
to try out a free trial for the Premium package and then revert to Free account.
Illogical, to say the least.
Being the successor of (or to put it more
precisely being “rebranded”) LiveDrive, Knowhow keeps the same level of quality
we came to expect. What makes it good is the fact that (beside the confusing
subscription system combining the amount of storage, length of the
subscription, and the number of devices allowed) Knowhow covers all the major
platforms (both mobile and desktop), and features rock-solid security using the
fend off any kind of interceptors.
Although the cloud storages are proving that they are essential productivity tools for small businesses with every day
of their existence, number of treats lurking your business’ data makes their usage somewhat bittersweet. Use some of the services we mentioned above and we are sure you will finally put an end on this annoyance.
Nate M. Vickery is an entrepreneur and business consultant from Sydney, Australia. In his free time he likes to share some of his insights and experience by blogging.