27 November 2016

pCloud - Cloud Storage Review

I'm a heavy user of cloud solutions for many years. I really likes availability of files on different locations without copy and check if everything is with me.
I tried many of cloud storage solution and for some projects I still use Dropbox, Drive and OneDrive … but for my main work I have a few requirements:
- stability and availability
- fast clients for different platforms (Windows, Linux, Android…)
- security (client side encryption)
- syncing any folder on local disk to cloud
- syncing only desired folders from cloud to local disk
- enough storage capacity and normal speed
- acceptable price…

pCloud Crypto

To be honest, many of online storage provides fails on above written requirements. In last years I was a sympathizer of next solutions (followed with reason to leave them):
- SugarSync (change price/storage politics and problems with clients)
- Wuala (they shut down)
- Cubby (they shut down)
- PowerFolder (some mistakes on platform).

In last weeks I investigated market again and found a very promising solution – pCloud. pCloud is based in Switzerland and provide easy to use cloud storage solution. Here are some pros and cons.

PROS
- Free 10 GB with almost all features!
- Powerful Premium and Business accounts
- Unlimited file size
- Top security
- Client for many platforms
- Virtual hard drive
- Sharing files with non-pCloud users
- Anyone can upload files to your account via a shared URL
- WebDAV support (isn’t documented, but support team can send you address)
- Company’s servers are based in Switzerland
- Impressive speed without bandwidth throttling
- Sending large files with encryption without login
- Remote upload (pCloud can upload from remote URL without ruining your internet)
- Folder syncing is really easy to understand and set

Windows pCloud client

CONS
- Additional money fee for client side encryption (Crypto)
- File history on free account works only 24 hours
- No password protected shared files/folders
- Context menu for pCloud doesn’t show in all programs (it works in Explorer, don’t worry)
- It is not possible to sync hidden and system files
- Quite slow support (but I have to say, that second time they response much faster)

CONCLUSION
pCloud is an excellent online storage service. It is a powerful file sharing and syncing service. It does have its shortcomings, but with many good points, free storage and a client side encryption (fee!) I can say that pCloud is a great service.
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