The recent security snafu at Dropbox, which left files unprotected for four hours, has us looking at alternatives to the popular file-sharing service.
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We rounded up a few of the best, current cloud file storage options and compared them based on ease of use, storage capacity, and cost. Let's take a look.
Storage: 5 GB Free, with Personal and Enterprise Plans Available
Desktop Support: PCs with Windows XP or later and Mac Desktops 10.4 or later
Browser Support: IE, Firefox 3 or later, Safari 4 or later, Chrome
Mobile Clients: iOS 4, Android 2 or later, Blackberry OS 4 or later, Windows Phone 7, and Symbian
SugarSync, a well-executed folder sync system that's been around for a while, provides a basic way to sync folders across devices. It also supports file versioning. SugarSync supports backup of any file on your computer, making it visible to any connected sync point or via a Web browser. It also supports streaming of music files to mobile devices.
The file sync service on my Mac client seems to take up an excessive amount of CPU when performing a synchronization check. Among the five DropBox alternatives considered here, this was the only product or service that made my machine's cooling fan repeatedly turn on while synching. SugarSync is the closest to a drop-in replacement for Dropbox, from a price and features standpoint.