Secure Cloud Storage solutions for iOS & Android

If you’re using an iOS or Android device chances are you’re currently using OneDrive or Google Drive or even Dropbox to store/access your files stored in the cloud. Myself as an Android user always received 100GB of free Google Drive storage with my phone upgrades so I made use of it. I filled up that free storage and every 2 years when my contract was up I faced the prospect of potentially not getting 100GB free with my new phone because not all brands of handset offer it. I would then have to either move my files or pay up and i’m not really sure I want to pay for something I’ve never had to pay for previously and that I’m not entirely happy with paying for if there are better more secure options out there with better features.

Secure Cloud Storage solutions for iOS & Android

Below we’ll look at 4 different Cloud storage options, 3 of which are an alternative to Google Drive, Dropbox & OneDrive.

Some possible use cases

  • You need to synchronise files between multiple phones & tablets
  • You have existing cloud storage which doesn’t offer encryption
  • You have multiple cloud storage accounts you’d like to manage from a single app
  • You have personal data such as private photos/videos or files on your phone or tablet you need to protect from prying eyes
  • You need cross platform compatibility (iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows, Linux, Web Interface)
  • You would like to share content with other people and be in control of those shares and not be restricted on bandwidth.
  • You need to upload large files such as HD video and Flac files.
  • You need offline access for content you need when not connected to a connection.
  • You like lifetime options where you pay once & use forever.
  • You like to stream Audio & Video to your own devices
  • You like free secure cloud storage.

If you relate to any of the above hypothetical use cases above read on and we’ll narrow things down some more.

pCloud Storage & Sync with Optional Encrypted Vault

pCloud Storage

pCloud comes with up to 20GB of free storage on their free accounts making it one of the best available for space other than Allsync & MEGA. There’s no filesize limit on uploads so you’re free to upload large HD videos and such and with unrestricted upload speeds and bandwidth as far as sharing goes. The feature that most draws me to pCloud is the storage is treated like a network drive so it is like having a storage extension but still giving you that flexibility to make files available offline. pCloud encrypts your files as soon as they land on the pCloud servers. There’s also pCloud Crypto as an optional extra should you wish to encrypt files on your device then only the encrypted versions leave your device. The built in Video & Music players are a nice touch and are present in the mobile app as well as any web browser on your Desktop with their Cloud Music player & Video player so you can view and listen to your videos and music from anywhere.

Reasons to consider pCloud over others

  • 256-bit AES Server side encryption included with all accounts. Client side encryption as optional extra.
  • It has a Linux client whereas Google Drive & iDrive & Allsync doesn’t
  • It offers more free space than Google Drive, Dropbox & iDrive
  • Doesn’t take up storage space unless you make files available offline (Behaves like Network Storage)
  • Built-in video player, HD video streaming & audio player with playlists
  • Ability to transfer Dropbox & Google Drive & OneDrive files
  • No Bandwidth limits, No Filesize Limits
  • Automatic Upload of Photos & Videos
  • Share view stats & short links
  • Host static Websites (Very handy feature)
  • Free & Lifetime Premium, Business Options

pCloud Free Storage compared to others

  • OneDrive 5GB
  • Dropbox 5GB
  • Google Drive 15GB (Shared between Gmail, Photos etc)
  • Allsync 50GB
  • Boxcryptor 0GB (Uses existing Cloud providers)
  • Sync 5GB
  • pCloud 20GB



AllSync, 50GB of Secure storage for your phone

Allsync 50GB Free Secure Cloud Storage

Allsync is relatively unknown but has been around for several years and offers a surprising feature package for free. AllSync comes with a massive 50GB of free secure cloud storage on their free accounts making it one of the best available for space other than MEGA. There’s no filesize limits on uploads or bandwidth limits. The standout feature for me is the OnlyOffice integration which makes AllSync a viable alternative for GDrive/Google docs. The only thing missing is a linux desktop client but not many people require that so it’s not a deal breaker. The web interface works great across all platforms.

Reasons to consider AllSync over others

  • 50GB of free secure storage
  • End-to-end encryption on folders
  • Password protected sharing
  • Built-in video player, HD video streaming & audio player with playlists
  • No Bandwidth limits, No filesize limits
  • Automatic Upload of Photos & Videos
  • OnlyOffice integration for creating & editing documents
  • Free & Pro, Business Options

AllSync Free Storage compared to others

  • OneDrive 5GB
  • Dropbox 5GB
  • Google Drive 15GB (Shared between Gmail, Photos etc)
  • pCloud 20GB
  • Boxcryptor 0GB (Uses existing Cloud providers)
  • Sync 5GB
  • Allsync 50GB



Boxcryptor, Encrypt & Manage multiple Cloud accounts from your device

BoxCryptor Cloud Encrypt

Boxcryptor is a bit different to other Cloud storage solutions in that it uses your existing Cloud Storage providers and provides a single place to Encrypt your data right on whatever device you’re using before syncing it back to the cloud encrypted. Boxcryptor is the perfect solution if you’re looking for a way to encrypt your files before storing them on services like Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive. As a mobile solution I find it much less of a hassle to just use Boxcryptor because I can manage files from multiple cloud providers without having to worry about whether I should be uploading particular content to a certain provider because it all gets encrypted beforehand.

Reasons to consider Boxcryptor over others

  • Manage multiple cloud storage providers from a single app
  • Support for more than 20 cloud storage providers
  • It has a Linux client whereas Google Drive & iDrive doesn’t
  • Highest end-to-end encryption standards AES-256 and RSA-4096
  • It’s free for noncommercial use (1 cloud provider, 2 devices)

Boxcryptor Free Storage compared to others

  • OneDrive 5GB
  • Dropbox 5GB
  • Google Drive 15GB (Shared between Gmail, Photos etc)
  • pCloud 20GB
  • Allsync 50GB
  • Sync 5GB
  • Boxcryptor 0GB (Uses existing Cloud providers)



Sync, Privacy focused Dropbox Alternative for your phone

Sync Secure Dropbox Alternative

Sync touts itself as a secure Dropbox replacement offering 2048-bit RSA, SSL/TLS encryption. I have used Sync & it works great on my phone but lacks a linux desktop client so I decided against it and went with pCloud. Don’t let that put you off and take a look for yourself as not many people need a Linux client. Sync has many features which make it a top contender as far as the best encrypted cloud storage solutions go.

Reasons to consider Sync over others

  • Drop in replacement for Dropbox
  • Integrates with Windows Explorer & Mac Finder on the Desktop
  • 2048-bit RSA, SSL/TLS encryption
  • Link sharing password protection & Expiry dates
  • Automatic upload of photos and videos from your phones & tablets
  • Offline Access
  • Remote device lockout in case you ever lose your device
  • Free & Premium, Business Options

Sync Free Storage compared to others

  • OneDrive 5GB
  • Dropbox 5GB
  • Google Drive 15GB (Shared between Gmail, Photos etc)
  • pCloud 20GB
  • Allsync 50GB
  • Boxcryptor 0GB (Uses existing Cloud providers)
  • Sync 5GB



Hopefully you found this article of some use, I will update it periodically to add new information regarding any new features or any new services I come across.

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