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Wuala for Dropbox Users

29th April 2011 - By Aaron Gadberry

First off, my shameless referral link. Use it to get 2GB instead of 1GB.

If you haven’t checked out Wuala yet, you really should. Dropbox has had several security concerns recently and Wuala is a more functional alternative. Maybe all you want is folder sync, but look at what Wuala can do and you may change your mind.

How isn’t Wuala like Dropbox?

  • Wuala is not a sync utility, it is a P2P online storage utility. Wuala files are not on your PC, they are in the P2P cloud.
  • The Wuala client is not a daemon (although you can treat it like one if you want, see Sync below)
  • You can have access to a 60GB music collection on 3 PCs without using 180GB
  • Logging off means your files are no longer available on the computer.
  • The Wuala client is psuedo read only.
    • You create a new local drive during install in order to have full read/write functionality.
  • Wuala encrypts your files client-side with AES 128-bit encryption.
    • The original, unencrypted files are never uploaded.
  • You get 1GB of online space free. (Or 2GB by clicking on this link)
  • You can go ‘pro’ by either paying or trading space.
    • Pro means you can use Sync (like Dropbox), and other benefits like Backup.
  • You can trade space to get more online storage.
    • You store their encrypted files and they store yours.
    • The more you share the more you get up to 100GB.
  • Logged off you stay connected to the P2P network and continue to gain uptime (relevant to trading space).

How is Wuala like Dropbox?

  • Sync will keep a Wuala online folder in sync with a local PC folder.
    • Do this on multiple computers to emulate Dropbox.
    • Or this can just keep an up to date offline copy.
  • There are Android and iPhone clients
  • There is a web client (Java applet to support client side decryption)

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