Dropbox is a popular service for synchronizing your own files to the cloud, with computers, tablets and smartphones. However, there are many alternatives that provide better services.
Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud providers. However dropbox made mostly with negative headlines lately attracted attention:
Questionable security mechanisms, the ready transfer of unencrypted user data to the US government, the appointment of former US Secretary of State in the Dropbox Board – to name just a few.
While Dropbox encrypts the user data with AES-256, but not across servers and even with a so-called private key known only to the user. Dropbox employees can access the user data. Generally it is said that no service can really be a 100 percent sure.
If you want to really achieve the maximum security, but at the same time use one of the numerous available cloud storage services, you should synchronize already encrypted files on these services. This is possible, for example, with Truecrypt or BoxCryptor.
Another possibility would be to create a separate cloud, for example, with the OwnCloud open source project. Wuala and SpiderOak encrypt the user’s data already on the computer. In addition, both offer a so-called “zero knowledge privacy”. This means that the company itself does not know what data belongs to which user, nor the exact location in the server center. Thus, the employees of these companies do not have access to the data users – not even in an “emergency”.
On the following pages we present compact before the 10 best Dropbox alternatives and indicating their respective advantages.
- Wuala by Lacie
- BitTorrent Sync
- Microsoft OneDrive
- Google Drive
- iCloud Drive