Copy.com is a new cloud storage service similar to Dropbox, SugarSync, or SpiderOak. It is a pretty crowded market but Copy is entering it anyway. So what makes Copy stand out compared to the host of other cloud storage services available?
At this point Copy.com is VERY similar to Dropbox. This is both good and bad. The good part is that Dropbox is very simple and easy to use – it just works. The not so good part is that they are not really providing a very unique service. However, considering that Dropbox only provides 2GB of free storage initially, Copy is definitely giving away a lot more storage (15GB) for free.
Copy, like Dropbox has a single folder where you can add anything you want uploaded to the cloud and synced to your other devices. There are controls that allow you to pick which files/folders you want synced to which computer or device. It appears that Copy does not encrypt all your data, so I would not put personal information on Copy if you really didn’t want anyone to ever see it. They probably won’t, but you never know. The only cloud storage provider I really have faith in as far as security and encryption is concerned is SpiderOak. However, you can always use the excellent encryption program, TrueCrypt to create an encrypted volume and then upload that to Copy.
A few things that stand out is that Copy is offering support for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers right out of the gate – and I commend them for that. Also, both Android and iOS apps are available. Secondly, they offer an extremely generous referral program that gives both parties an extra 5GB for each referral! So if you sign up with this referral link, confirm your email address, and then install the software on your computer, iOS, or Android device you will get 20GB for free and I will get an extra 5GB. According to Copy this is a time-limited offer, so I am not sure how long you will be able to get this much space for each referral. Lastly, if you are willing to pay for one of the cloud storage services like Dropbox, SugarSync, Google Drive, SkyDrive, SpiderOak then this is one of the cheaper options available. As you can see in the image below, their prices are very reasonable compared to the competition.
As I have used Copy, it has worked seamlessly as Dropbox – no issues so far. When you drop a file or folder into your Copy folder it starts uploading immediately and will sync to your other devices in the background. Once thing I would like to see, is end-to-end encryption – hopefully they will do the right thing and add that security feature soon.
Since it’s a really large storage, i’m considering if possible to develop an apps to sync up data from android phones to its cloud. any idea, just let me know. Thanks.