Wuala.com Vs. Zumo Drive vs Mesh.com

Things often boil down to you get what you pay for.  Wuala is free cloud storage based on P2P technology.  Zumo Drive is a pay service which stores your data on Zumo’s servers and emulates a network drive.  Mesh.com is Microsoft’s free service which sync multiple computers and stores your files on their servers lizenzfreie musik downloaden kostenlos.

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Wuala has been around the longest of the 3, and it’s age shows as it were.  It was born when P2P was the hot topic of the day.  Wuala works off a technology not much different than “over net” which is popular with illegal file sharing, and pedophile sharing sites.  The idea is that you upload files and they are distributed encrypted to multiple users in the “cloud”.  The problems that arise from this method are multi-fold.  If too many users are off line your file just isn’t available, this is off set by Wuala having always on servers to prevent this, but instantly reduces the privacy advantages of not having all your files in one place.  Wuala claims they use CIA grade encryption, but they only use AES 128, not 192.  AES is only effective if you don’t know what is in the files.  Because JPG’s, and Word Docs always use the same headers it is pretty easy to brute force Wuala’s files from other user’s stored on your PC drinking water ordinance.

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Zumo Drive is an amazing solution but isn’t free.  Zumo is like a Network Drive over the Internet.  Zumo works really well if you have a fast unlimited connection.  (I Don’t)  Users with an connection that is faster than 256k up and 3 Megs down, will find that storing pictures, documents, and music on Zumo will work great.  If you have a FIOS or UVerse connection at 10M or faster video’s will play off your remote drive like they would off a network share.  Sure you have to pay, but not that much, the huge advantage Zumo has it that if you had 100 gigs of content it would be accessible even on your 16gig netbook.  The Killer App of Zumo Drive is that you can access 100 gigs+ of music from your iPhone after installing the Zumo App.  The Down Side is that a 200gb plan is $59.99 a month

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Mesh.com from Microsoft is what I use because of the type of connection I have (HughesNet).  Mesh.com allows you to store 5 gigs of data on Microsoft’s server, but it also will sync that data to as many machines as you install it on.  This has the advantage that your files are available offline.  Mesh Also has the advantage that you can remote desktop to any machine you have installed the client from the Mesh.com website.  Very “Go to my PC”.  The Biggest limitation is that you only get 5 gigs, and it doesn’t yet have a Portable Implementation, but they have a Windows Mobile version coming free ebooks.