Let’s dive deep into the world of sharing large files online and compare popular cloud storage services like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox to a new platform for transferring large files and folders online, such as FileWhopper.
Cloud services like OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Sync, and pCloud let you store data “in the cloud” and grant other users access to it. Each service has its own advantages and limitations. Let’s talk about those in more detail.
OneDrive allows sharing files, folders and photos directly via Skype, has a Personal Vault and automated backups. This service gives you 5GB of storage for free, but it also has paid plans, which start at $1.99$/month for 100GB (access to Office apps is not included). OneDrive for Business plan 2 offers unlimited storage for $10/month. The maximum size of a file that you can upload is limited to 100GB. When it comes to the security of your data, OneDrive encrypts data in transit and at rest (but does not disclose what specific encryption standard it uses).
Google Drive is a similar service and works seamlessly with apps like Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Photos, Google Slides, and more. It comes with the same functionality as OneDrive, but it does offer more in at least one category – integration with third-party services. With Google Drive, you can use a variety of media players, photo and video editors, accounting software, and more. Naturally, there is a convenient integration with Gmail, and you can attach a file from Google Drive directly using the Compose button. Google Drive lures users with a generous 15GB of free storage, the basic paid plan starts at $1.99/month for 100GB and if you are looking for up to 10TB of storage, you will need to pay $99.99 per month. Individual uploads are limited to 750 GB each day. The maximum size of a file that can be uploaded/synchronized is 5 TB. As for security, Google Drive uses both AES 128-bit and AES 256-bit to encrypt data at rest and the TLS protocol to encrypt data in transit.
Dropbox may not have its own fancy set of integrated services like a dedicated office suite or email client, but it comes with two applications of its own: Paper and Showcase. Paper is a simple note app that lets you add text, images, video, and even snippets of code. The app is not as functional as Microsoft Office or Google Docs, but it does what it promises as a lightweight tool for taking notes. Showcase, on the other hand, lets you share files in a professional-looking portfolio. If you are using Dropbox Professional, this may be a nice service to add to your toolkit – it will let you share examples of your work directly with clients in just a few taps. Dropbox’s free plan offers 2GB of storage. The paid plan starts at $11.99/month, this includes up to 2TB of storage and a set of extra features. If this is not enough, you can pick the Professional, Business, or Advanced plan for $19.99/month (3TB), $15/month (5TB) and $25/month (unlimited storage) respectively. The maximum size of a file that you can upload is 100MB on free accounts, 2GB on the Dropbox Plus plan, and 100GB on the Dropbox Professional plan. Dropbox provides apps for Windows, macOS and Linux and uses AES 256-bit to encrypt data at rest and SSL/TLS to encrypt data in transit.
Sync may not be quite as popular as the three cloud storage services described above, but it comes with several notable features that make it stand out. The most important of these features is that Sync is a zero-knowledge provider. This means that you are the one who controls the data you choose to share with Sync. You will be in charge of the encryption keys used to protect your data – this way, even if someone does get unauthorized access to your data, they won’t be able to get the information from your files, as you are the only one who can decrypt it. Sync gives you 5GB of storage for free, but you can also get the paid basic plan for $5/month (200GB of space) or Pro Solo Plus for $15/month (4TB). Business plans are also available: Pro Teams Standard ($5) comes with 1TB of storage per user for up to 100 users, and Pro Teams Plus will give you 4TB per user for up to 100 users for $8 a month. If you are not limited by your plan, you can upload files of any size with Sync, but it is noted that the upload speed drops with files over 40GB. Sync offers a desktop app for Windows and macOS (but not Linux). The storage service provider doesn’t store a copy of your encryption key and they (or any third party that might get their hands on your data) won’t be able to decrypt your files, which is true for all types of subscriptions.
pCloud is another cloud storage platform that has quite a few interesting things to offer. The first thing to mention is that it comes with a dedicated audio player, which you can use to play tracks directly from the cloud. You can also use the player to watch videos – and the format of the video will be automatically converted into the one that pCloud player can play. pCloud is also integrated with Kodi, which allows you to stream videos directly from your pCloud collection. pCloud’s free plan offers 2GB of storage, but the service offers ways to “earn” more free storage by verifying your email, downloading an app, etc. As for paid plans, pCloud’s Premium plan offers 500GB of space for $4.99/month ($3.99/month with an annual subscription) and there is also a lifetime subscription option for $175. The maximum file size that you can upload is limited to your storage size. As for security, pCloud offers pCloud Crypto (the service’s brand name for zero-knowledge encryption) for an additional fee and to Business pCloud users.
So, what about FileWhopper? What makes FileWhopper stand out in this list is that it’s not a cloud storage service at all. Instead, FileWhopper is a file sharing service that lets you transfer large files and folders online without a monthly or annual subscription. There are no limits to the size of a file or folder that you can transfer. This means that you can upload files and folders weighing 100GB, 1TB or even 10TB, and they can be transferred without compression. It is a pay-as-you-go system, and you will only need to pay for the amounts of data that you need to transfer. The first transfer of up to 5GB is free. Pricing starts at as low as $0.99, which includes 1 download and 14 days of storage. In order to calculate the transfer price for a file or folder you are about to send, you can use FileWhopper’s calculator: move the slider to the right, and you will see the exact amount that you will need to pay. If you are okay with the price, you can go ahead with the transfer.
FileWhopper works via a very lightweight app that ensures the integrity of the transmitted data and self-deletes once it’s no longer needed. There is also a feature in place that will automatically resume the transfer should your PC suddenly reboot (for instance, as a result of a power surge or outage). The service also supports simultaneous data upload and download.
FileWhopper comes with zero-knowledge encryption, which makes it a totally secure file transfer service. Your files and folders will be encrypted, their names will be hidden, and no passwords will be stored on FileWhopper’s servers. This is especially important when it comes to exchanging sensitive and important data online: with this type of data transfer, you can be sure that your files/folders will arrive at their destination safely and won’t be at risk of hacking.
For users who need to transfer a small file (under 20GB), FileWhopper offers the option to send directly from the web browser. This comes with standard encryption and an even simpler interface.