Cloud Storage Reviews

We’ve listed the best cloud storage services. Use the comparison below to find the online storage service that best suits your needs: security, storage space, price, sharing features, etc.

What are the best online storage services?

1. pCloud: the best cloud storage

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BENEFITS

  • Uncompromising security
  • Service and data hosted in Europe (Switzerland) or the United States as desired
  • Configurable personal encryption
  • Satisfied or your money back for 10 days
  • Free 10GB of space
  • Very economical lifetime plans (one-time payment)

DISADVANTAGES

  • PCloud Crypto personal encryption as a paid option
  • Collaboration tools to improve

pCloud is a lesser known competitor to Dropbox or Google Drive, but it stands out as a better alternative.

It offers better security options and has all the desired features (synchronization, sharing, etc.). However, pCloud does not lose sight of ease of use to better accommodate novice users.

The free 10 GB offer will be more than enough to test the service before moving on to the more substantial offers.

As for the prices of the paid packages, pCloud has very low prices for its 500 GB and 2 TB plans. It is also the only one to offer a single payment plan for lifetime use, which is much more economical in the long term than traditional subscriptions.

pCloud has innovated with its Lifetime single-payment offers and its offer dedicated to the family (2 TB to be shared with 4 other people). These offers are currently particularly interesting with a -65% promotion.

Moreover, you can easily test an offer and then ask for a refund during 10 days if you are not satisfied.

In summary, pCloud is currently the best storage service.

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2. Sync.com: the most secure and confidential cloud storage at a low price

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ADVANTAGES

  • Very cheap 2TB or 6TB plans
  • Very good security and privacy (private encryption included)
  • Service and data hosted in Canada, more privacy friendly than the US
  • Satisfied or refunded for 30 days
  • Unlimited file versions and recycle garbage can

DISADVANTAGES

  • Slightly less comprehensive than pCloud in terms of features

Sync.com is a Canadian storage service that has serious advantages for those who want total discretion for their data hosted in the cloud.

All data stored on Sync.com is encrypted using a private encryption principle: the user is the sole owner of the key to decrypt and read the data. Even Sync.com cannot decrypt the data hosted on their servers. You are therefore guaranteed to be the only one who can consult your files.

Compared to other online storage systems that offer private encryption (e.g. Mega and Tresorit), Sync.com has the advantage of being cheaper.

As far as storage space is concerned, it offers 5 GB for free, which is half as much as its competitor pCloud. During 30 days, you can ask for a refund if you are not satisfied. The service is therefore easy to test.

So you will prefer Sync.com if your goal is to protect your privacy at a very low price, but losing slightly in features and ease of use compared to pCloud.

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3. Icedrive: the cheapest cloud storage

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Icedrive

BENEFITS

  • Very low prices, especially in lifetime payment
  • Very good security and privacy (private encryption included)
  • Satisfied or your money back for 14 days
  • 10 GB of free cloud space

DISADVANTAGES

  • Some missing features compared to pCloud or Sync.com

Appearing in 2019, Icedrive is yet another newcomer to the cloud. It takes a cue from pCloud to offer a very affordable service coupled with excellent security and privacy (incorporating client-side private encryption).

We especially like the lifetime offers (a single payment to access your online storage for life) which can boast of being even more economical than those of pCloud: 150 GB for 89€, 1 TB for 199€ or 5 TB for 499€!

On the other hand, while the service is still very well made and very cheap, it still has fewer features than the best cloud storage providers such as pCloud or Sync.com, which still prevents it from surpassing them.

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4. Mega : Security in the spotlight and 20 GB of free space

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ADVANTAGES

  • Very good security and privacy (private encryption included)
  • Free 20 GB cloud space
  • Offers individual cloud storage up to 16 TB

DISADVANTAGES

  • Sometimes low transfer speed

Mega has become known for two reasons in the online storage world.

First, it is the successor to the famous MegaUpload, an online file hosting service that was shut down in 2012 following an anti-piracy campaign. Secondly, when it first came on the market, Mega offered 50 GB of free space which helped it attract many users. The free space offered today is much smaller and Mega has lost what set it apart from its competition.

However, Mega is still a good secure storage service (with private encryption) that has a nice interface.

Mega’s prices have been lowered recently, which makes it much more attractive in the category of secure online storage, like pCloud or Sync.com.

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5. Google Drive: 15 GB free to enjoy Google tools

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Google Drive

BENEFITS

  • Integration with Google tools (Google Docs, Google Photos, etc.)
  • Free 15 GB cloud space

DISADVANTAGES

  • No private encryption option (zero-knowledge)
  • Non-confidential data
  • Data impacted by US anti-privacy policy (Cloud Act)
  • No Linux application

Google Drive is one of the most famous online storage solutions. And it must be said that there is one aspect on which it is unbeatable: online collaboration tools.

Google has indeed developed several tools to work online directly (Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc.). These tools make collaborative work pleasant and efficient.

The biggest concern with Google Drive is that the data entrusted to it is not confidential, quite the contrary. Google can access and browse your files, especially for advertising purposes. This is also the case with most of the most famous cloud storage like Dropbox and iCloud for example. That’s why we prefer more privacy-friendly alternatives like pCloud, Sync.com, Icedrive or Mega.

Google Drive is below the level of data synchronization features offered by services like pCloud. Fortunately, Google’s 15GB of free space makes all the collaboration tools usable without paying.

For those looking for more storage space than a few dozen gigabytes, pCloud or Sync.com are recommended instead. The latter are more interesting options, especially in terms of security.


6. kDrive: A European alternative with a subscription half the price of its competitors

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kDrive

BENEFITS

  • Subscriptions overall half the price of competitors for the same cloud space
  • Well suited for professionals and businesses
  • 30 days free to try the whole service
  • All service and data based in Switzerland
  • Decreasing prices according to the commitment of 1, 2 or 3 years

DISADVANTAGES

  • No client-side encryption to protect your files yet (but soon available according to kDrive)
  • Free offer only available in a few countries in Europe

The kDrive service, created by the company Infomaniak, is an interesting player in the online storage market. With its particularity of storing data only on its own data centers in Geneva, Switzerland, it allows a certain security of the data (no data sent outside Switzerland, and in particular to the United States, which has a data policy against the protection of privacy).

In fact, with its formulas very adapted to teams of users, kDrive is a very good solution for teamwork and companies. It proves to be a very interesting option as an inexpensive but comprehensive business cloud storage.

We regret the lack of private encryption on the client side, which would have allowed for a more complete confidentiality of the data. But kDrive still guarantees that your data will not be used outside the Infomaniak company itself.

Another interesting aspect for companies is that kDrive is only one of the services offered by Infomaniak. It is therefore possible to combine it with other useful services in a unified and pleasant interface, especially for companies (email addresses, video conferences, sending newsletters or SMS, calendar and contact management, transfer of large files, hosting and cloud servers, etc.). In short, it’s a very complete cloud service that doesn’t just take care of storage. Small companies and teams can be interested in it for their business tasks, especially as an alternative to GAFAM.

Its free 3 gigabyte plan is interesting but limited in functionality. Fortunately, kDrive offers a free 30-day trial of its more comprehensive paid plans for freelancers and teams.

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7. OneDrive: Microsoft’s cloud storage

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BENEFITS

  • Integration with Microsoft tools

DISADVANTAGES

  • No client-side encryption to protect data
  • Data impacted by US anti-privacy policy (Cloud Act)

As an online storage service signed by Microsoft, OneDrive has a privileged integration with Microsoft Office tools.

The rest of the cloud storage service is classic and doesn’t really stand out from the alternatives, and it’s a shame that Microsoft hasn’t developed a dedicated application for Linux.

At least, OneDrive’s prices are in a very reasonable range compared to the rest of the market.


8. Dropbox: Cloud storage that has lost its appeal

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Dropbox

ADVANTAGES

  • Good integration with external tools

DISADVANTAGES

  • A bit expensive
  • Limited security and privacy
  • Data impacted by the US anti-privacy policy (Cloud Act)

Dropbox is not to be introduced anymore, as it has long reigned over the cloud storage market to the point of almost becoming a synonym for it. Its pioneer status in 2007 led it to the top, but for several years now Dropbox has not been as successful and is losing users to its competitors.

It is however a quality service, but its security and privacy protection leave something to be desired.

Add to this the fact that Dropbox is priced higher than the best online storages of the moment such as pCloud (the closest alternative in terms of features) or Sync.com (to be preferred when security is the priority), and we have no choice but to recommend the alternatives to Dropbox.


9. TresorIt: Secure storage but far too expensive

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BENEFITS

  • Security and privacy taken seriously
  • Service and data hosted in Europe

DISADVANTAGES

  • Very expensive
  • No free storage (but a 14 day trial period)

Tresorit is an online storage service whose main argument is its security.

Although the service lives up to its promises in this area, for the moment it offers prices that are far too high to go higher in our ranking.

For users who value security and private encryption (which ensures that only the user can read the data), it’s best to look for cheaper alternatives.

pCloud, for example, has a private encryption option which, although it costs a lot less than tresorit. Sync.com is another option that offers the lowest prices for a service that offers private encryption by default and on all stored data.


What is online storage?

Online storage or cloud storage is widely used today. Not to be confused with online backup, it is about synchronizing all your data so that you can find your files at any time and from anywhere.

The synchronized files are available from your computers, phones, tablets, or from a web browser.

Cloud storage also offers other convenient features. For example, sharing files or folders with friends or colleagues becomes very easy. A simple link sent by email, and the file is shared, no matter its size.

How to choose an online storage?

Security, synchronization and sharing

An extremely important feature of online storage is security, especially privacy. However, this aspect is often overlooked by users.

Few of them realize that most of the most popular online storage providers (Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, etc.) have access to their data.

This means that although the data stored on their servers is encrypted (encryption has become essential), the key to decrypt it is also stored on their servers.

This weakness is both a lack of privacy, but also an additional source of hacking. Indeed, a hacker who manages to find a breach to extract the decryption key from your data will be able to access it without any problem, with all the problems that this implies. Not to mention the fact that ill-intentioned employees could also get their hands on your data.

To address this, we prefer cloud storage that offers private end-to-end encryption. In short, these providers don’t store the data encryption key. You are the only one who knows it, and thus the only one who can access your data.

Ease of use and interfaces

The ease of use of online storage is not to be overlooked. Many of us started using online storage with Dropbox or Google Drive. Most of the existing services follow the same principle of synchronizing all files in a dedicated folder.

Free online storage space

The first entry into online storage is often via the free online storage offers that most cloud storage providers offer.

Often, the most well-known storage systems are used (such as Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox, despite the fact that 2 GB of free storage is very light today). However, you should not hesitate to test other cloud storages which will be more interesting in the long run.

Don’t be mistaken: if online storage services offer free storage space, it’s in the hope that you will one day decide to switch to a paid plan.

And they are right, because even if you don’t plan to do so today, it is possible that one day you will be tempted by more space. And in that case, in the majority of cases, you’ll probably select a paid plan from the provider that already provides you with free storage.

For this reason, it is better to consider from the beginning the criteria (security, prices, features) that will make your free storage space a good candidate for paid storage as well.

That’s why we naturally recommend pCloud as the best gateway, with its 10 GB free storage space. It is a very good free storage space, but also has all the qualities of an excellent storage space in all categories.

If security is your primary concern, we recommend Sync.com which stores all your data with private encryption (even Sync.com cannot access your data). Since this private encryption is not free with pCloud, we recommend Sync.com if you want private encryption at a low price. Unfortunately Sync.com only provides 5 GB of free space, but its paid plans are very cheap.

Read our dedicated guide for more details on free online storage.

The cheapest online storage

We’ve written guides for those where price is the main criteria. Depending on the type of space you’re looking for, check out these articles:

A large, economical storage space

When you want more than a few gigabytes of data, free space is no longer enough. Switching to paid online storage becomes necessary. Instead of synchronizing a small selection of files, it becomes possible to synchronize all your data in a few hundred gigabytes or a few terabytes.

If you want to combine a large storage space in the cloud without paying a lot of money in the long run, there is the solution offered by pCloud.

This provider innovates by offering a lifetime online storage space of 500 GB or 2 TB (2000 GB) of your choice. The user pays once, and can use the storage space for life.

This original offer differs from the monthly or annual subscription usually offered by other cloud storage services. As we have calculated, the purchase of a pCloud Lifetime storage space pays for itself in just 3 or 4 years, thanks to the current 65% off promotion.

An original gift idea: online storage space for life

The pCloud Lifetime offers are also proving to be very interesting gift possibilities over time.

The idea of giving a cloud storage space seems strange, but it can be very useful for people of all ages, as long as they own a smartphone and a computer, for example, or if they enjoy sharing their files with others.

The fact that an online storage space is paid for by subscription is probably the main reason that makes it hard to give it as a gift: what’s the point of giving something that will have to be paid for again in a few months or in a year?

But pCloud’s Lifetime plans are a game-changer and make a great gift for others as well.

Storage to share with your family

A variant of the pCloud Lifetime storage space is dedicated to families. It is still a one-time payment for unlimited use over time.

This time, the 2 TB storage space can be shared as you wish with up to 4 other people.

The principle is that the user who owns the account manages the space he wants to allocate to each member of the family, up to a limit of 2 TB in total.

Like the pCloud Lifetime offer, the pCloud Family offer is currently under a -65% promotion, i.e. a cost of 500€ instead of 1400€. A significant one-time payment, but one that will pay for itself in the long run.

In short: Top 3 best cloud storage

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Simply the best cloud storage, for its features, security, and low prices

pCloud offers and prices

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A close competitor to pCloud, it offers private data encryption by default to protect the privacy of its users. The best for storing confidential data at low cost.

Sync.com offers and prices

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Not as well known because it is recent and slightly less complete than pCloud and Sync.com. But it is modern, very secure, and offers unbeatable prices with its 5TB lifetime offer.

Icedrive offers and prices

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