SugarSync lets you and your friends access your files from anywhere
The inconvenient truth of living in this wonderful digital age is that most of us split our time between multiple gadgets, be they computer-centric like a laptop or phone-centric like a BlackBerry. So why should we be without our precious files – spreadsheets, photos, songs etc. – just because we’re not in front of the device that we used to create them? And while there are a number of companies out there trying to help us with this problem – you’re probably familiar with dropbox, Mesh, Windows SkyDrive etc. – none of them solve it as elegantly as SugarSync. The company’s service is much more than a virtual file folder in the cloud – it’s a truly cross-platform file management, sharing, versioning and back-up system all rolled into one and accessible from a dizzying array of devices. SugarSync may not offer the most free storage (their free packages tops out at 5GB) but they definitely win first place for features and flexibility. Oh, and they took me indoor skydiving while we were at CES. Not that this influenced this post. At all. I promise.
A Good review – there are a few recent changes though:
You get 5GB of space with the FREE version, but now there is no restriction to the number of computers you can sync/backup (from 2).
It gives you the ability to upload and sync any folder on your computer.
It is the only service that offers such a broad device and OS support with apps for iPhone/iPad, Android, Blackberry, Symbian and WinMo.
On the Free version the upload/download is faster than when reviewed :)
Also if you use the below referral code you get 500MB extra on top of the Free 5GB or 10GB extra on any of the paid-for services!
Hope it helps someone.
Great review! Glad you enjoyed skydiving – much safer for sure than jumping from a plane!!! :)
As regards to the program: it looks like an interesting piece of software that would be helpful to me in backing up my files more than anything else. I am in need of a backup routine as my computer is acting up and could give out anytime. So having several backups wouldn’t hurt – both on and off site.
However, I have one concern for anything that is based on ‘the cloud’ and that is privacy. Whether it is this company or any other the fact that your data is being stored by some company who could look at whatever you are storing if they wanted to kinda makes me hesitant about doing something like this. Not saying they would, but would you mind adding your two cents to what I just said? Or maybe I am just being overly paranoid!
Still, a great review and thanks for the CES coverage from you and all of your co-workers.
Hey Edward, thanks for the kind words! I guess my take on cloud-based-anything is no different than my take on e-comm transactions. If you do business with reputable firms I don’t think your data is at risk. Especially given that – at least in SugarSync’s case – your data is encrypted as it is uploaded which means that even an internal employee determined to get to your data would have a lot of work ahead of them. Not that it’s impossible, just unlikely. Lastly, if security is critical for you, and someone getting their hands on your data would be catastrophic, you should probably look to some other means of backup – preferably physical where you completely control access. ioSafe’s external drives are very appealing for this kind of thing.
Today SugarSync can now have a quota UNLIMITED Storage!
You start with 5GB
+250 MB if you have an iPhone / Android / Blackberry
+750 MB if you create a file and you share it (SIMPLE)
+500 MB if you register through this link: https://www.sugarsync.com/referral?rf=bqwi798vmex5t&utm_source=txemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=referral
+500Mb per friends you invite after your inscription.
And you can do this an illimited number of time !