Best Cloud Services

The best alternative to Dropbox, Google Drive and One Drive

More and more people (and organizations) are using the cloud to keep personal data secure. This often includes sensitive personal data.

Dropbox is not the most secure provider out there and its privacy policies leave much to be desired.

Choose a reliable cloud service below that is proven to respect your privacy.

Tresorit

Tresorit is a cloud service from Switzerland. It is mainly focused on (business) collaboration.

Using end-to-end encryption, Tresorit encrypts every file including metadata on your devices with unique randomly generated encryption keys. These keys are never sent unencrypted to Tresorit’s servers. Access to files is only possible with a user’s unique decryption key.

Tresorit also offers a good WeTransfer alternative. With Tresorit Send, it is possible to send large files very securely.

Tresorit is a bit more expensive than the above options, but you get a secure cloud service in return.

Nextcloud

Nextcloud is the best option for those interested in hosting their cloud files themselves. Hosting a cloud server yourself is obviously the best choice in terms of privacy. For example, you can use a Raspberry Pi as your own cloud server. In the latest versions of Nextcloud, there has been an increasing emphasis on document collaboration. Nextcloud is open source software.

You can also use storage from several reliable NextCloud partners, you often get a few Gb for free.

MEGA

MEGA is a cloud storage and file hosting service based in Auckland, New Zealand.

With a free account, you get 20Gb of storage. 

All your data on MEGA is encrypted on your device with a key derived from your password. MEGA does not have access to your password or your data (Zero Knowledge Encryption).

MEGA has data centers in Luxembourg, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and Canada and has a total carrier uplink capacity of more than 1,000 gigabits/sec.

+ Benefits

  • End-to-end encrypted with AES-128, TLS
  • Supports 2FA
  • 20Gb free in free plan
  • No data stored in United States
  • Transparent source code
  • Huge amounts of storage available
  • Versioning of files
  • Source code of apps are public
 
 

– Disadvantages

  • Confusing free plan
  • No published audits or third-party testing

Sync

Sync makes it easy to store, share and access your files from virtually anywhere. Sync protects your privacy with end-to-end encryption (256-bit AES) so your data in the cloud is safe, secure and 100% private. When you sign up, you get 5 Gb of space for free.

The servers are located in Canada, which means Sync.com must comply with Canadian online privacy laws called PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act). Sync.com also complies with the GDPR because it also operates in the European Union.

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