Top 5 most secure cloud storage services

No feature is more important than security when choosing a new cloud storage service. It’s no mystery why: You’re entrusting your personal privacy and critical assets to the service. But how do you find the most secure solution on the market, at the right price, and with the features you need? Here’s a look at the top five most secure cloud storage services available today.

pCloud

What makes pCloud one of the most secure cloud storage services on the market is its unique approach to security customization. Rather than automatically encrypting everything, pCloud allows users to securely store routine work on their laptops using pCloud Drive while their most sensitive files are protected with 256-bit AES encryption.

By separating critically sensitive documents from not-so-confidential documents, users have immediate access to what they use routinely but are certain their most crucial information is safe and protected.

pCloud has three pricing plans, beginning with 10 GB of storage for free. There are two paid options, 500 GB for an annual payment of $47.88 or a one-time lifetime fee of $175, and the 2 TB option for $95.88 annually or a one-time payment of $350.

MEGA

MEGA has an open-source license, meaning it permits third parties to access and audit it. MEGA offers highly secure zero-knowledge encryption for storage, encrypted link sharing, and an encrypted in-app chat.

Whether you’re communicating with internal employees or sharing a link to someone outside of your organization, MEGA ensures that everything shared is protected to the maximum potential. Mega offers four pricing plans, beginning with $5.92 per month for 400 GB of storage and 1 TB of transfer.

SpiderOak

Users turn to SpiderOak for its no-knowledge encryption. This means the company itself has no knowledge of what you’re hosting on its servers. Every document sent from a user’s computer is encrypted, and it can’t be decrypted without a password.

Additionally, SpiderOak’s Distributed Ledger technology provides architecture for managing authority in constantly changing environments. SpiderOak’s One Backup varies depending on the need. The 150 GB plan costs $6 per month, the 400 GB plan is $11 per month, the 2 TB plan is $14 per month, and the highest amount of storage provides 5 TB for $29 per month.

Koofr

Koofr offers two-step verification and built-in versioning to ensure all documents stay updated. Koofr’s additional security features include file transfer with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS). This makes it impossible for anyone to breach your files during transport, including when you’re using public Wi-Fi. 

Koofr’s free plan provides 10 GB of storage along with additional options for upgrades and customizations. For anyone with huge storage needs, Koofr offers a 10 TB plan at a little more than $70 per month. There are no limits on the size or type of file that can be stored, even with free accounts.

Tresorit

Tresorit is a secure cloud storage company that gives you full control over who’s accessing what. Tresorit provides zero-knowledge encryption with the additional option to vary the access you allow to different users, all of which is outlined in policy templates defining user permissions and device access.

The personalized security features in Tresorit are especially helpful for larger companies with remote teams. Administrators can specify access and enable multifactor authentication to grant or deny access with the click of a button.

Tresorit has separate pricing plans for individuals and businesses, with premium plans offering features like remote account wipe and storage redundancy.

This article is originally published on May 19, 2021, and updated on Jan 31, 2022.

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