pCloud, the latest contender in the consumer Cloud storage space has turned profitable. With a 9 million user base, the company has been growing steadily with a staff strength of 32. pCloud permits users to sync as well as back-up files across devices permitting free storage of 10 GB.
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One noticeable difference in the way storage and sync work with pCloud is that its services perform like data is being stored on an external hard drive. However, after the installation of the App, data does get stored in the Cloud by default. On the MacOS, pCloud auto-generates a new virtual hard-drive, leveraging Fuse.
In situations of offline access, the folder can be downloaded on the computer and remains in-sync with the pCloud account always. This folder can have more data additions which would auto-save in the pCloud account provided the application is kept running on the computer. LAN syncing is also possible on pCloud, a feature also available on Dropbox. Via Lan syncing, if multiple devices are connected over one single Wi-Fi network, the file transfer will happen through LAN and not data. This ensures faster transfers and lesser loss of Wi-Fi data along with faster collaboration. On the mobile, pCloud can be accessed on the mobile app with the company permitting auto back-up of pictures clicked on the mobile’s camera.
As for privacy, pCloud allows both the functionalities, that of encryption or otherwise. pCloud allows encryption via helping users access a folder which is password protected. Users can then move these files to pCloud’s servers securely. The other option is not so secure as pCloud can retrieve these files, hence for secure use, the encryption-decryption capability acts the best.
Agreeably, pCloud has a tough road ahead. However, with competitive pricing for its paid features and some really useful new features, pCloud is an interesting start-up to follow.