All these different cloud services have me a little bewildered. All of them provide anywhere from 5 gigabytes to 15 gigabytes for free; just for signing up. Some of them are well integrated into various and sundry Mac, iPhone, and iPad apps. Here’s another one that starts at free.
Copy To The Cloud
What makes iCloud and Dropbox more valuable than most is the number of apps which integrate their storage options to create a seamless backup experience.
Other than all the apps that work with cloud services, Copy doesn’t appear to be much different, other than the 15 gigs of free storage to get started.
Getting started requires you to setup a Copy account. All that’s needed is an email address and a password. Download and install the Mac app and you’re good to go.
The Copy app on the Mac is simple enough. Setup the account. Setup the folder you want to sync up to Copy, and, well, that’s about it.
There’s also a free version of Copy for the iPhone and iPad so your cloud stored files can go wherever you go.
Why use Copy instead of Dropbox or any of the other popular (and not so popular yet) cloud storage services?
After all, Copy works on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but also has apps for Android devices, Windows, and even Linux PCs. Files are encrypted with multiple layers of AES-256 (supposedly so only the government or talented hackers can hack into your files).
Files can be shared online and that brings up one of the differences. Copy handles multiple users attached to the same account. For example, for a small business which uses the 25GB storage option, five users at 5GB each can be managed. Or, have five users for free up to the 15GB free limit.
Frankly, Copy works very well and has many satisfied users, including yours truly. Unfortunately, Copy doesn’t have the bells and whistles found in Dropbox, isn’t as integrated or seamless as iCloud, yet files can be shared with users who don’t have Copy, which is a plus.
Also a negative is that Copy doesn’t seem to capture all of the Mac’s file metadata (resource forks, bundle bits, extended file attributes) which can muck up a backup. To avoid that issue I’ve take to saving files in disk images instead. It works. It’s free. It’s an extra layer of security.