Friday, October 3, 2014

Secure online backup providers review

I can not image anyone would use a (free or not) online backup service without pre-file transfer encryption. It essentially means giving strangers (= the people who work at your backup provider) full access to all your files and photos. Not a good idea.

Now, but services with pre-file transfer encryption do not open-source their client software that does the encryption. So you have to take their word for it that they really do encrypt their software.

A. Online backup services with pre-file transfer encryption:


1.  IDrive (www.idrive.com )

In business since: 1999 
Free storage: 5 GB 
Pre file transfer encryption: Yes
Automated backup software: Yes

2.  Spideroak (http://spideroak.com)

In business since: 2006
Free storage: 2 GB 
Pre file transfer encryption: Yes
Automated backup software: Yes (can backup any folder on your PC)

3. Mozy (http://mozy.com/)

In business since: 2007
Free storage: 2 GB 
Pre file transfer encryption: Yes
Automated backup software: Yes (can backup any folder on your PC)


In business since: 2009 (acquired by LaCie)
Free storage: None, starts at 0.99$/month
Pre file transfer encryption: Yes
Automated backup software: ?

Online backup services with pre-file transfer encryption and open-source client software:


Really? None?

Only an open-source clients allows user to verify the files are correctly encrypted pre-transfer.

Online backup services without pre-file transfer encryption:

You should not put files on these services that you don't want other people to ever see.

1. Google Drive (http://www.google.com/drive/)

In business since: 2001
Free storage: 15 GB 
Pre file transfer encryption: No
Automated backup software: No (just syncs file in Google Drive folder)

2.  OneDrive (https://onedrive.live.com/)

In business since: 1980
Free storage: 7 GB 
Pre file transfer encryption: No
Automated backup software: No (just syncs file in OneDrive folder)

3.  Dropbox (www.dropbox.com)

In business since: 2007
Free storage: 2 GB 
Pre file transfer encryption: No
Automated backup software: No (just syncs file in Dropbox folder)