"Synchronize files between your computers."
Jottacloud is a Norwegian answer to both Dropbox product and Prism scandal. The company offers 5GB free storage and unlimited storage for $6 a month for each device. Clearly, Jottacloud is no threat to Microsoft or Google, but security-minded folks may want to check it out because Jottacloud positions itself as a NSA-safe provider.
Placing privacy and security in the focus of any service or software seems to be something of a trend nowadays. However, it is a necessary trend to make developers face the inevitable truths of modern intelligence – as long as these special services can, they will get hold of any information, irrespective of whether they need it, or not.
Jottacloud markets the security feature as one of its main advantages. What it lacks, however, is some tech savvy explanation of how that security is guaranteed. We shall discuss that in the Cons section. Overall, Jottacloud raises the bar of privacy importance in cloud storage service. Time will show if this provider will be able to maintain the aspired standard. We wish them the best of luck with that. One way or another, Geo location of your cloud storage database is one more factor to be considered when choosing a provider.
Installation requirements are quite basic. Jottacloud works on all Win Os as long as they have stable Internet connection since it is a cloud synchronization tool. There is no bundled software or adware in the installation pack. The settings, particularly the folder for Jottacloud and folders to share, can be accessed later from the interface. Users can start with free accounts that offer lucrative 5GB storage, quite ample for personal use. Users will need to register an account with a valid email address to be able to synchronize local files with the cloud.
Mac, iOs and Android versions are also available.
The interface in Jottacloud is easy-to-navigate and quite simplistic. Users will see a Jottacloud folder in their Windows Explorer, or any other file manager, such as Total Commander. Settings window offers some simple steps to organize the way your Jottacloud folder acts – which folders to synchronize, the download and upload queues, unlink current account, and more.
Overall, interface is nicely built and provides an impression of a solid piece of software under the hood.
Features of Jottacloud are quite comprehensive for a newcomer to the market: file versioning, restore deleted files, and file preview, share files and folders, scheduled backup resumes after interruption,drag-and-drop support, remote access, sync multiple devices, web file archive, edit office documents online.
- 5 GB free storage space is undoubtedly an advantage if we compare Jottacloud and Dropbox.
- In case you add an Android device to your account and use the Autosync feature, you get additional 10Gb storage, which makes it 15 GB in total.
- Jottacloud is not exactly identical to Dropbox in terms of synchronization. Jottacloud offers a full cloud backup service. In this respect, Jottacloud can compete with Crashplan.
- The pricing in Jottacloud is very competitive and affordable if you need to upgrade to a paid account.
- Jottacloud offers the back up feature for phones and tablets.
- Simple and utilitarian interface, nothing to distract you from the task at hand. However, this may be a disadvantage to some.
Jottacloud claims privacy and security being their outmost priority, but we could use some technical explanation of how files travel to the safe cloud database somewhere in Norway. Particularly, it would be useful to know if files and folders are encrypted, and if there are any other protection mechanisms to secure the data while it is in transit.
AlternativesDropbox, SkyDrive, GoogleDrive for Desktop, SpiderOak, Crashplan, Carbonite.
Recent revelations about NSA snooping gave way to a new marketing strategy which focuses on privacy and security of users’ data. Jottacloud plays the card very well. Overall, the free cloud storage for personal files and folders and the possibility to back up automatically is a great advantage. Since many users are familiar with and used to Dropbox, SkyDrive or Google Drive, the new Jottacloud provider will not surprise them with anything outstanding, but it seems like a promising alternative to the U.S. monopolies.
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