With the number of cloud storage services growing every day, most of which offer free storage up to a few gigabytes you’d think there was actually some money to be made. That remains to be seen but here’s a cloud storage service that’s not free.
SugarSync is free to try for 30 days but works much like all the other cloud storage services for Mac, iPhone, Android smartphones, Windows PCs and lets you synchronize your files between devices.
The beauty of iCloud and Dropbox is that they work inside applications, automatically uploading, downloading and synchronizing files. SugarSync works kinda sorta the same way but not embedded in as many apps.
Files are stored online using 256-bit AES encryption (about the same as what banks use, and we know how safe that is) and uploaded and downloaded using secure TLS encryption.
The Mac app lets you set folder permissions, create a Share Public Link to share files with others (good for collaboration), and make files accessible from multiple devices.
That means you can backup critical files online, have them available on all your devices, share with others, and keep them secure and away from your Mac’s backup disks (which are subject to fire, flood, hurricane, theft, et al).
The only issue that bothers me about SugarSync is the price tag. So far, I have about 150GB of Pictures, Movies, Music, and Documents on my Mac. That’s about $25 a month to store online with SugarSync, yearly at $250, $1,000 for four years. Ouch.
There is a limited 5GB free trial plan which has a 90-day limit, about the same amount that Apple gives you for free with your iCloud account.