Online backup: Dropbox alternatives

An increasing number of AccountingWEB members are seeking reliable, efficient online backup, but with most moving away from Dropbox, what options are there?

In several Any Answers posts, members sought backup with remote access and good quality security.

Dropbox appears to be lessening in popularity with some members, as was much debated in this thread from last year.

However, there’s no shortage of alternatives for those looking to turn to the cloud, for online backup, security and more.

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Engyte

brianheg | | Permalink

We use Egnyte, which is a very good product.

portals

thelma65 | | Permalink

yeah - i have gotta say the virtual cabinet offering is a far more rounded solution and really integrates back well into the virtual cabinet package!

a must see if you are looking at going down this route!

Mega?

Damon Warr | | Permalink

I have been following developments of the new Mega which promises 50gb free and all the information is fully encrypted.

Its in beta at the moment.

If they can get some good desktop / mobile apps developed it should do well.

 

The only downside I foresee, is that they get targeted by the FBI again.

 

On that front, what is to stop that happening to any site, including Dropbox?

Docsafe

pauljohnston | | Permalink

We have been with them for sometime.  Approvals as mentioned above is a bonus as is the continual improvements and addittions.  In times of trouble you can speak to the boss man, I have spoken with him but never had any trouble.

 

First class product

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US vs EU?

nigel | | Permalink

Damon touches on a good point - in fact, are there not data protection issues in storing personal data outside the EU? Indeed, are you comfortable storing sensitive data of any sort overseas?

I assume the cheaper cloud storage options are probably US-based, whereas IRIS, DocSafe and PracticeWEB (I would assume) are probably based in the UK. Is that an issue that bothers anyone, or is it all just down to cost?

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Vested interest?    3 thanks

Paul Scholes | | Permalink

Apologies if I'm wrong thelma65 but given this post (and others) are you not a representative of Virtual Cabinet?

If so then I think it's only right you make it clear.  Certainly the quote attributed to you in Rachael's article as well as your own comment above gives no hint.

Again, apologies if I'm wrong, but members need to be sure who they are relying on when deciding on products & facilities.

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@nigel

Paul Scholes | | Permalink

With regard to the US v EU question, I've been a Dropbox user for years and thoughts of where its sited as well as who can have access (eg the FBI) has not been a consideration. 

Then over the past year a couple of clients in the IT industry as well as one not, have commented on both issues, plus the EU Data Protection issue does seem to be getting a lot of air.

Whilst it's not yet as omnipresent (can't think of a better word) on all my kit as Dropbox, although I believe it mght be in time, Iris OpenSpace sorts this out for us and so all our sensitive docs will be shared on there from now on, especially now the electronic approval is up & running.

Encryption and Data Protection?

Damon Warr | | Permalink

nigel wrote:

Damon touches on a good point - in fact, are there not data protection issues in storing personal data outside the EU? Indeed, are you comfortable storing sensitive data of any sort overseas?

I assume the cheaper cloud storage options are probably US-based, whereas IRIS, DocSafe and PracticeWEB (I would assume) are probably based in the UK. Is that an issue that bothers anyone, or is it all just down to cost?

Nigel,

Good point on Data Protection.  I was not thinking of client personal data, but other may do so. 

I am no expert on data protection, but if data is fully encrypted can it be held outside the EU?  My point is that the key to decrypt the data is witin the EU and therefore, no identifable data has actually been transfered out. 

I don't know the answer to this.  Any comments? 

Dropbox alternatives

John AJ Ellis | | Permalink

Why does Dropbox need any alternatives. It painlessly backs up files and allows access to them from any computer with minimal setup including iPads.

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Not really comparing like with like

Paul Scholes | | Permalink

John - I know what you mean, Dropbox is a gem.  My Dropbox has replaced my docs and when I'm dashing out to a client I just drag & drop the client's folder into dropbox on my work machine and it's there on my laptop ready for the meeting, which has saved me several times when the internet connection is not good enough to log in to our hosted system.

It also syncs with my phone and the public photo gallery is great for sharing with friends and family.  I also get 4.75 GB free.

But, it doesn't link with my Iris database and whilst I share folders with some clients it doesn't have electronic approval of documents and some of my clients are iffy about having their personal stuff up there.

Whilst the article is a great summary it's not really about, as the title contends, backup. I have a bit of a green thing about having static data sitting on spinning disks 365 days a year and so I don't use Dropbox or OpenSpace for backup. 

In reality the facilities above are a mish mash of backup, holding spaces and collaboration and it's the latter where I think the value is going to be, in having the ability to do more than upload & download. And if, the EU storage/encryption and level of security issues do become more important, or a legal consideration, then firms will migrate towards specifically designed collaborative facilities.

Conflicted copies

SimonColeHamilton | | Permalink

Dropbox is great, but when working on files with clients it is all too easy to end up with conflicted copies.

Does anyone know of an alternative to Dropbox which will lock a file when someone has it open so that only one person can update it at a time?

Dropbox Alternatives

BrettDaren | | Permalink

Dropbox is highly regard as one of the best online backup service provider. As a technology geek i have used it for long time. But now i realized after analyzing that some providers are quite competitive and can match the excellence of dropbox. I used some of the following online storage providers mentioned in this list. http://www.cloudreviews.com/cat/cloud-storage.html      But still in the intial phase as only used free versions of them. But certainly the future looks different of online storage industry

If you need a lot of Storage Copy is a good option

surferride | | Permalink

I actually like a lot Copy, works very similar like Dropbox but they are giving 20 GB for free and 5 GB for every person you get to register with your own referral link. No joke, I already have 1.5 TB of free online storage. I find it really stable, fast (I am in Switzerland) and you can drag and drop shortcuts to sync the destination folder, something Dropbox is missing since a long time. They are relatively new but their parent company is Barracuda Networks who has a long well respected history in IT Security.This review explains more about it and has links to get 20 GB for free too: http://www.itcentralpoint.com/copy-com-a-fantastic-online-storage-and-sy...