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5 Dropbox Alternatives For Cloud Storage

Dropbox isn't the only remote storage game in town. Consider flexibility and security as you check out these alternatives.


Storage: 2 GB Free, with Personal and Enterprise Plans Available

Desktop Support: PCs with Windows XP or greater, Mac 10.5 or later, and the more popular Linux distributions

Browser Support: Most modern Web browsers

Mobile Clients: iPhone and iPad with iOS 4, Android 2 or later, Blackberry 4 or later
SpiderOak delivers a solid sync, sharing and backup offering. It has a serious focus on security and has recently introduced advanced security features not found in some other services, like two-factor authentication. The interface for syncing a folder across computers proves more complex compared to other services, but once set up, it works perfectly. Backing up my entire working directory structure of over 45 GB was very fast compared to some pure backup systems I've used in the past, such as CrashPlan and Mozy.

The helpful mobile apps on iOS and Android allow easy access to your data. If a file is in a backup set, you can get to it from practically anywhere. You can even back up files that are on your mobile device.

Sharing works via a concept called "Share Rooms" and gives you control over what files you share and with whom.

With full file versioning and the combining of sync, sharing, and backup into one service, SpiderOak deserves a serious look for those whose top concern is security. Bottom Line: SpiderOak offers everything that Dropbox does, but with better service offerings and benefits, plus a superior price point.

You're not up to speed on Dropbox? Click through to the next page for a refresher.

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