The recommended cloud storage providers with zero-knowledge

  1. pCloud

pCloud is a cloud storage vendor situated in Switzerland while the data will be saved on Uncle Sam’s ground. But you do not need to worry much because zero-knowledge encryption has been used to balance that. The only drawback here is that users need to pay more for this feature.

In general, pCloud names its private encryption as the “pCloud Crypto”, which costs around 4 dollars each month. It is highly recommended to spend on this feature according to the United States’ laws and regulations. Also, pCloud may visit your files to make sure that they will not violate its terms and conditions if you do not use Crypto.

What is more, pCloud makes use of two-factor authentication to save your account in case an attacker may steal your credentials. Before deciding to subscribe, you can start to try the free plan with up to 10 Gigabytes of storage. After completing some steps after signing up for an account, you can receive an extra storage of 4 Gigabytes.

Similar to Sync.com, pCloud offers two personal plans. The first one is Premium plan with 500 Gigabytes for around 5 dollars each month and the second one is Premium Plus plan with 2 Terabytes of storage for around 10 dollars per month. You will receive a discount if you pay for one year ahead. The discount is even more ideal if you decide to purchase a lifetime license. If you consider pCloud a good choice to use for a long time, you can think about this.

In addition, using its desktop client is really effective. Users are able to access their folders with the system tray icon or the pCloud drive in their system files manager. The interface is compatible on Windows, macOS and Linux, which is rather clear to start with.

When they are using another computer but want to access their documents, they can turn to use the web interface. The interface is fast and comes with more features but remember that you can not transfer large files when using the web like you can with the desktop client.

Another good point is its mobile application. This can be used to upload photos and videos automatically. This app can be downloaded on Android and IOS devices.

Also, pCloud is considered to have faster transfer speeds when being compared with Sync.com. if it takes too much of your bandwidth while transferring files, you can limit speeds on your own.

  1. Tresorit

With zero-knowledge encryption as well as other safety features, Tresorit has always been among the most secure cloud storage services. Like pCloud, you also need to pay more if you want to enjoy that feature.

First and foremost, the service takes advantage of zero knowledge encryption to gain privacy and security for your files, the TLS protocol to prevent attacks during transferring and AES 256-bit encryption when files are at rest. Also, they have two-factor authentication to save your account if someone tries to get your password. There are some other security features provided by this cloud storage service that you may find online.

What is more, the vendor has its servers located in Ireland and the Netherlands, specifically in Microsoft Azure data centers.

In order to limit the risk of data loss while increasing the redundancy of your documents, Tresorit replicates your data on different servers within the data center.

Although there is no free plan offered, users can start with its free trial. There are to plans offered for personal use. The least expensive plan is the Premium for around 10 dollars per month but including only 200 Gigabytes of cloud storage. The more advanced one, Solo plan, provides 2 terabytes of cloud storage space for around 24 dollars monthly.

There are also business plans for you to go with. The Small Business plan costs 20 dollars per user per month with 1 Terabyte of storage for each member. The Business plan costs around 12 dollars each month while the Enterprise plan costs 24 dollars per user with support for over 100 users.

Tresorit has always been an ideal option. However, its user experience is considered to be so complicated. First of all, users need to set up their own tresors to sync files. Its desktop client can work on Windows, macOS as well as Linux. This desktop client is easy to navigate while syncing process is rather sophisticated.

You can take advantage of the Tresorit web application to access your cloud storage easily thanks to the minimal interface.

The smartphone application is able to work on both Android and IOS devices. With this app, customers can access their storage, work without Internet connection and directly upload photos as well as videos from their phones. If you want to secure those photos and videos, you can add a passcode lock.

Last but not least, regarding to upload speeds, Tresorit has an average uploading speed but a low downloading one. You can limit the network bandwidth if Tresorit influences on your work or you are using just a limited data plan.

  1. MEGA

MEGA is among the most controversial cloud storage vendors, which was established 7 years ago. It is designed with strong security features including zero-knowledge encryption.

When data is at rest, MEGA makes use of AES 128-bit to protect the files. During transfer, TLS protocol is used. The service also offers two-factor authentication.

In terms of plans, the service comes with four plans. The first plan is PRO LITE, which costs around 5 dollars a month with just 200 Gigabytes of storage. If you want to get more space, you can try the PRO II plan for around 11 dollars each month. To get two months without cost, you need to pay for one year in advance.

Finally, MEGA’s free plan offers a generous cloud storage with 50 gigabytes. However, that storage will decrease to 15 Gigabytes because 35 Gigabytes expire after a period.