Mac users have the advantage of owning very high quality software that other platforms, such as Windows, often lack.
But that doesn’t mean that Mac OS X is inherently secure, in fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Which why we’ve gone through the trouble of picking out five best cloud storage alternatives to iCloud.
Almost everyone with an Apple device uses iCloud without a second thought (it comes on every Mac device, of course it’s the obvious choice), though astute and conscious technology users, understand the security concerns of using iCloud.
Within the last decade, the US government has been found to be tampering with data and coercing domestic firms into providing back-doors into their systems.
Given that Apple and the NSA have their fair share of problems, Mac users will be more secure if they opt for a service that provides extremely strong encryption – or even one that isn’t based in the US.
Though there are vendor neutral protocols that facilitate file sharing, Apple takes great measures to make data sharing super easy among Macs, but difficult between OS X and Windows or Linux.
Before online storage solutions became mainstream and affordable, Mac users really only had a few viable data sharing options, such as using flash drives (which are tedious) or NAS storage – which is only useful in LAN environments (unless the user hosts a file server).
Fortunately, cloud storage solutions will enable Mac users to share their data with any number of devices, anywhere in the world, without resorting to archaic file transfer methods.
In addition, users need to consider things from a security perspective.
It has become industry standard for cloud storage providers to encrypt user data end-to-end, and the better ones leave encryption key management up to the customer.
While there are plenty of secure cloud storage solutions based in the US, many people distrust US-based information services because of the NSA.
When Mac users opt for domestic storage services, they run the risk of interference from the federal government.
The good news is, there are many cloud storage services that are based overseas, where the NSA doesn’t have a strong wiretapping and data collection infrastructure.
With that understanding, let’s take a closer look at the five best online storage for Mac users.
Our number one pick packs security, ease-of-use, speed and transparency into one irresistible bundle. Plus, it’s kinda cheap, works natively on OS X and it’s Canadian, like Deadpool!
As a leader in the cloud storage industry, SugarSync is comparable to Sync in terms of service and features.
Though limited to 90 days, they do offer 5GB of storage space for free and users have the ability to select any folder they wish to sync, with an unlimited number of devices.
Although, SugarSync’s security process is a little odd compared to other providers. As data leaves your computer to be stored on their servers, it is first encrypted with TLS (Transport Layer Security).
Then, once it reaches their network, SugarSync uses AES-256 encryption to protect the stored data.
Unfortunately, SugarSync uses an auto-payment renewal system, that renews at normal rates, once the introductory offer is over.
The reigning champ of online storage and sharing, also has a Mac version, which works as smoothly as anyone could imagine. However, its 2GB free plan and security breaches are something to keep in mind.
Dropbox is a simple, effective and very popular file hosting service.
The king of cloud storage, one could say.
In addition to providing 2GB of free data (which we think is pretty miserly) to anyone who signs up, they also have a file synchronization feature.
Syncing uses the parent folder concept and any files deposited into that folder, are automatically synced to other devices that share access to the cloud folder – making it a snap to share data across any number of devices.
However, Dropbox has had security issues in the past, major ones in fact and it is a US based company, which retains all its customers’ encryption keys.
But, its storage and sharing features are second to none. Not to mention, iOS and OS X support is absolutely great.