The online world is crowded with cloud-based file storage services: Dropbox, Google Drive, iDrive, SugarSync, OneDrive, Box, Amazon S3, Mega, and probably a dozen more. One small, almost unknown, file storage service is offering something different: absolute file security. Sync.com claims that nobody can access your files unless you give permission to someone. In fact, even the Sync.com employees cannot see what is in your saved files. The company states, “Productivity and privacy, no compromises.”
Sync.com promises zero-knowledge, end-to-end encryption. That means that all files are encrypted in your computer before being sent across the Internet and stored in the company’s servers. If anyone ever access your files on Sync.com’s servers (which is highly unlikely) they won’t be able to decrypt and read the files unless you provide the encryption key to them. The security remains under your control at all times.
Sync.com uses 2048 bit RSA, 256 bit AES, SSL and TLS encryption. The company’s data centers are SOC-1 certified with security audits by KPMG, have hardware redundancy with RAID storage, and network redundancy with multi-homed network providers. It is one of the few file storage services that is certified for storage HIPAA documents, a rigid set of rules required of U.S. companies. In Canada, Sync.com claims to comply with PIPEDA, PIPA, FIPPA, ATIPPA, and PHIPA.
The company also offers:
- Access your files from any computer or device
- Desktop apps for Windows & OS X
- Mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android
- Web browser access
- Offline access
- Selective sync of specific files
- Ability to share files with individuals you specify
Best of all, Sync.com even provides 5 gigabytes of storage space free of charge and larger amounts of space are available for modest fees: 500 gigabytes for $49 per year or 2 terabytes for $98 a year. The paid versions also include such things as setting an expiry date (any file(s) you designate will automatically be erased on the date you specify), permissions such as “read-only” or “read-write” on the files you share, or even a remote wipe (erase everything) on any data you share with others.
Sync.com is a start-up that boasts of 100,000 users worldwide and claims ‘to be a fully encrypted, zero-knowledge cloud service that makes it easy to store, share and access the files from everywhere – with guaranteed privacy.’
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You can read more at: https://www.sync.com/.
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