Degoo Review 2018

Degoo promises 100GB of free online backup space, but is lacking in virtually every other respect. Except for its mobile apps, which are pretty good.

By Joseph Gildred – Last Updated: 13 Apr'18


Fair
PlanFree2TB Plan (Monthly)2TB Plan (Annually)2TB Plan (5 Years)2TB Plan (100 Years)
Price Plan
Freemonthly
$ 9 99monthly
$ 95 88yearly
$ 239 405 years
$ 1119 00100 years
Storage 100 GB 2000 GB 2000 GB 2000 GB 2000 GB
Details

Backs up two devices.

No savings.

20% savings.

60% savings.

90% savings.

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Degoo Overview

We’re as easily enticed by free storage as the next person, here at Cloudwards.net, so we decided to put Degoo through our usual review process: to see if it stacks up to the competition.

Degoo bills itself as a cloud backup, not cloud storage, service. If you’re unclear on the difference, here’s a primer on the subject. But, in a nutshell, it means Degoo isn’t geared towards work productivity like Dropbox or Sync.com are.

So there are no integrated apps or file syncing, and file sharing options are limited, too. The problem with Degoo operating in the cloud backup space is that for those purposes, 100GB doesn’t get you far.

Most users need more than that, to adequately protect their hard-drive’s content, so chances are you’ll end up paying Degoo for a subscription. And that’s where things start to fall apart with this service. Degoo charges $9.99 per month for 2TB of cloud space.

But you can get unlimited storage from services like CrashPlan and Backblaze, for half that amount. The other problem with Degoo is that it’s basically as bare-bones as a backup service can be.

It doesn’t have any scheduling options and doesn’t support continuous backup. On top of that, it doesn’t process files efficiently, compared to more advanced services. Plus, security is okay but not great, and customer service is as thin as it gets.

If you’re serious about protecting a hard drive and don’t mind spending $5 a month, you can do much better, start off by seeing our 2017 Best Cloud Backup roundup, for some ideas. All that said, we pride ourselves on finding the utility out of any tool, and we’re happy to report, Degoo does have a bright side.

It’s one of the few multi-platform cloud backup tools with mobile backup available. If you’re looking for a cheap way to backup mobile multimedia content, 100GB should do the trick just fine. Plus, the service’s mobile app sports their best interface, by far.  

Read on for the dirty details.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Pricing

60% – Fair

Most of Degoo’s users probably signed up for the free 100GB of backup space,  on top of that, users can get additional storage by referring a friend. You get 3GB per friend, capped at the 500GB limit.

There’s also an option to “loan” Degoo unused processor resources, for an additional 10GB of free space. Degoo uses this extra CPU power to:

  • Mine digital currencies
  • Predict weather patterns
  • Aid in scientific computations

It’s how they make money off of free users. Once those free users eventually start running out of space, Degoo Premium will bump them up to 2TB of backup space.

You can sign up monthly for $9.99 or get a 20% discount by paying a year in advance. Or, you can sign up for five years in advance for a 60% discount. Or, if you want to get crazy, get a 90% discount by signing up for a mere 100 years!

We’d recommend sticking with the monthly or annual options, given the rate at which technology changes and companies disappear.


PlanFree2TB Plan (Monthly)2TB Plan (Annually)2TB Plan (5 Years)2TB Plan (100 Years)
Price Plan
Freemonthly
$ 9 99monthly
$ 95 88yearly
$ 239 405 years
$ 1119 00100 years
Storage 100 GB 2000 GB 2000 GB 2000 GB 2000 GB
Details

Backs up two devices.

No savings.

20% savings.

60% savings.

90% savings.


Honestly though, once you’ve started thinking about paying for online backup, you’re better off looking beyond Degoo. Other companies offer more cost value and better services. One advantage Degoo does have over virtually any other backup service (other than IDrive and SpiderOak) is the ability to backup multiple devices with a single subscription.

So if you’ve less than 2TB to backup, and 3-4 computers, Degoo might make more sense than other options. However, before making that decision, we highly recommend you understand the significant limitations of this service, when it comes to features and user experience.   

Alternatives for Degoo

PlanUnlimited Personal
Price Plan
$ 5 00monthly
$ 50 00yearly
$ 95 002 years
Storage Unlimited GB
Details

Plan is for one computer.

Backblaze Review
  • Unlimited backup
  • Low cost
  • Very easy to use
  • Backup by file type
  • Limited to one computer
  • No mobile backup
  • Versioning limited to 30 days
Backblaze
PlanCrashPlan for Business
Price Plan
$ 10 00monthly
Storage Unlimited GB
DetailsPrice is per computer you're backing up.
CrashPlan for Business Review
  • Unlimited backup
  • Competitive pricing
  • Backup external drives
  • Mobile file access
  • Doesn’t backup by file type
  • No two-factor authentication
  • No mobile device backup
  • Backup for just one computer
CrashPlan for Business

Features

60% – Fair

Degoo comes with just enough features to backup people’s devices.


Feature:Description:
1. Backs up any folderSelect any folder on a computer to backup
2. Desktop apps
Clients available for Windows and Mac OS
3. Mobile apps
Clients available for Android, iOS and Amazon Kindle
4. Automatic backup
Backups run automatically every 24 hours
5. Incremental backups
Only files that have changed get reprocessed for backup
6. Turbo Mode
Speeds up backup at the expense of system resources
7. Encryption security
256-bit server-side encryption
8. Transport-Layer Security (TLS)
Files traveling to and from the cloud are protected with secure TLS tunnels

Beyond the above stated perks, we found quite a bit missing in our analysis. For example, Degoo doesn’t let users schedule backups or switch-on continuous backup, like other services.

While you can initiate a backup at anytime, Degoo runs backups automatically every 24-hours. We prefer more control over what days and what time our backups run.

Also, while Degoo uses incremental file transfers, it doesn’t use a block-level system. With block-level architecture, only the parts of files that have changed get backed up. Everything else stays the same.

This system helps speed up the backup process and keeps it from sapping a system’s resources. The other main issue with Degoo is that users can’t initiate file uploads, or access their content directly via a browser.

Which raises some flexibility and security concerns for us, since it means you’ll need to install the desktop app to retrieve content, if you’re on someone else’s computer.

Desktop Experience

50% – Poor

Most basic backup operations on Degoo will be run from its desktop app. After installation, the wizard will walk you through the early steps, starting with a selection of folders to store online.



You can add multiple folders to the backup process by control-clicking on them. A check box beside filenames would have made the process easier, but it’s not a big deal


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Once files have gotten selected, Degoo will run an initial backup. The program keeps you informed of how far along things are, with a status bar and countdown clock.



If you find Degoo is running too slowly, clicking “help” near the bottom of the interface will provide some extra options.



These include the “turbo ” and “power-saving” modes. The placement and toggling of these options are a bit confusing.  We’d have preferred to see them located in a “settings” menu, which would be more intuitive. To turn turbo on, then off again, you have to open, close and reopen the “help” pane — convenient, right?

There’s no simple way to toggle it on/off.  This shortsightedness is especially concerning since, with turbo mode off (which it is by default), Degoo runs far too slowly to be a viable backup tool.

Be sure to read the “Performance” section for more details on this issue. The clumsy design also plagues Degoo in other areas, for example, the service doesn’t have a backup scheduler, unlike most other online backup tools.

With Degoo, backups simply run every 24 hours.

If you don’t want to wait, click the arrow at the bottom to run a backup immediately. We sometimes had to click on it two or three times to get it working, which is confusing, because it’s not made clear that clicking the arrow initiates an immediate backup in the first place.   

To recover files, click on the interface’s middle tab, called, “download your files.” Then, click the “start new recovery” button.

A browser window will open that lets you look through stored folders on Degoo. Find what you want (based on your file structure) and before hitting “start recovery,” check the download location listed at the bottom of the window.

Click “change” if you want to designate a different location.



The final tab in Degoo’s desktop app is “Preferences.”



Where, you’ll find an indicator showing how much storage got used, plus options to:

  • Get more space by sharing unused processor power
  • Keep files in Degoo after you’ve deleted them from a hard drive

There’s also an option to unlink computers from Degoo, which will delete all the content you’ve backed up on the now unlinked PC(s).  

Browser Experience

40% – Terrible

The Degoo browser experience doesn’t measure up to other backup services because there’s no way to access stored content. With services like IDrive and CrashPlan, if a computer’s hard drive fails and you need a file fast, just go online on another computer and get it.

With Degoo, you have to download the desktop client first. An act that presents a security risk, if you’re using somebody else’s device to get at your content, plus, it takes time.

Degoo’s online abilities are limited to activities like checking how much storage you’ve used, inviting friends to sign up, changing a password and upgrading accounts. There is also an option to send files to others, who aren’t directly tied to backed up files. It works more like a file-transfer service, similar to WeTransfer.

Mobile experience

80% – Good

Degoo has mobile apps for:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Amazon Kindle

Here’s one thing that was clear, as soon as we started testing the mobile experience on our (non-combustible) Samsung Galaxy Note 5: the mobile experience is by far the most compelling reason to use Degoo.

Most major backup solutions provide access to stored content from a mobile app, but not many let users backup mobile data itself.  With Degoo, you can automatically backup photos, documents, videos, and music, plus choose any other file to backup.



There’s also a photo “optimizer” option, in which all of your pictures are automatically uploaded to Degoo, and shrunk to fit a phone screen.

You can still access the full-size photos on Degoo, as images stored on the phone are just smaller versions. Thumbing the “menu” button on the top-left side of the app will let you check your backup status, access files, make backup changes and perform other tasks

There’s also a button at the app’s top, designated “send files.”

As with the browser app’s “send files” capability, you can send any file via your phone. You’re not limited to what’s stored in a backup. You can also access and send files backed up on a computer.

When selecting a file to send, Degoo creates a URL link and copies it to your clipboard. You can copy that link into a text or add it via social media. Degoo will let the user pick which apps to send files with automatically, which can pretty much be anything: WhatsApp, Gmail, Slack, etc.  Still, the mobile app doesn’t justify $9.99 for 2TB of space, but overall, the experience is pretty fluid.

The 100GB of free space (plus bonus space options) you get, makes Degoo a nice, cheap way to backup and share mobile content, if the free space that comes with Google Drive or iCloud is no longer enough.

Speed Performance (Turbo Mode: ON)

80% – Good

Like most people, we get impatient when waiting for computer tasks to complete. So, whenever Cloudwards.net tests a cloud storage or backup solution, we perform a few speed tests.

In this case, we transferred a 250MB compressed test folder, comprised of multiple different file types. This folder is the same one we’ve used for similar experiments with other cloud services.

We performed the test over a Wi-Fi connection in a location just outside of Boston, MA. Download and upload speeds at the time of the test were 40Mbps and 12Mbps, respectively.

If you do decide to try Degoo, make a mental note of this next bit.

By default, Degoo has “turbo” mode turned off. If kept off, files will upload at a snail’s pace of 300 Kbit/s. Under that speed, it took 1.5 hours to upload our test folder! Turn on “turbo” mode, and it takes four minutes to upload a 250MB file or folder.

The difference in speed is so staggering that it doesn’t make sense to even have turbo as a feature that can be switched off in the first place! Degoo claims keeping turbo off helps free up system resources, but we didn’t notice any issues with it turned on either.

The only reason we can think turbo is off by default is the fact that Degoo would rather minimize the resources a CPU devotes to backups, so that they can use your processor for mining digital currency, instead (assuming you’ve opted into that option for another ten free gigabytes of storage).

With turbo on, Degoo outperforms most cloud backup services we’ve looked at, at least when it comes to initial upload speeds.


Service:Upload:
Backblaze10:50
CrashPlan
6:30
IDrive8:40

However, when it comes to updating files you’ve already uploaded, those same services blow past Degoo, regarding speed. Why? Well, it’s because Degoo doesn’t use block-level data processing in their architecture. Block-level processing means only the parts of a file that have changed get backed up again, rather than recopying the entire file.

So, it’s much faster. We tried to confirm the absence of block-level transfers with Degoo but couldn’t get a response (more on that issue further below).

That’s too bad because adding block-level processing would save system resources, while keep data transfers moving along — which Degoo could then turn towards their mining activities (if that’s something you’re amenable to).

Security

70% – Decent

Many people overlook security when choosing a cloud backup service. However, at Cloudwards.net, we stick privacy at the top of our checklist. Degoo is headquartered in privacy-friendly Sweden, putting your data outside the U.S. government’s official reach.

Note: Of course, if you’re in the U.S., your data activities could still be monitored, including now by ISPs. Now’s the time to consider VPN services seriously.

Degoo incorporates multiple data centers to ensure content is always available. These data centers are “hardened,” meaning they’re secured against

  • Hard-drive failure
  • Natural disasters
  • Burglary attempts
  • Digital data thieves

The service encrypts data while in-transit between device and data center, with SSL/TLS tunnels. Once information arrives at the data center, it’s encrypted server-side with 256-bit AES encryption.

This level of encryption is the most standard for cloud services and has never been broken (yet). Degoo also secures passwords in their system with PBKDF2, a key-stretching algorithm, and HMAC512, a keyed-hash message authentication code.  

That’s all well and good, but we wish Degoo also offered private end-to-end encryption, too. Also known as zero-knowledge encryption, this approach to security means that a service doesn’t store your password and encryption key at all.

Granted, zero-knowledge also means that forgetting the key password is the same as kissing your data goodbye forever. But, that’s nothing a good password manager can’t solve. For users who prefer a higher level of encryption, IDrive, CrashPlan, and Backblaze all offer zero-knowledge encryption.

On a final security-related note, Degoo doesn’t offer two-factor authentication; a means of protecting an account with an additional verification requirement when inputting user credentials (usually in the form of a text message or email code).

This oversight makes Degoo more susceptible to brute-force attacks. 

Customer Support

20% – Terrible

Good support is critical when storing time-sensitive content and it’s also the one place where many cloud tools fall short, well, Degoo falls right into the abyss with that trend. Their support portal offers a handful of helpful articles that are searchable, though most of the content is pretty thin on details, we’ve certainly seen worse.

Here’s the main problem: If you can’t find what you’re looking for, Degoo only has one contact option: email. No telephone support or live chat options are available.

To make matters much worse, Degoo doesn’t answer emails. We posed a few test questions, to test their response time and information accuracy. We then waited patiently, then less patiently.

We’ve waited for a week already, and there’s still no reply!

At the time of this publication we still haven’t received any answers to our initial and follow-up emails, but if that ever changes, we’ll let you know.

Granted, you might be hearing from our great grandchildren on this matter (maybe that 100-year plan makes sense after all).

Final Thoughts

It’s fine to give Degoo a fair shake on a smartphone, because not only is a 100GB (or more) of free backup space very welcome on the phone, Degoo’s mobile experience seems to be the only worthwhile thing they offer. Since its browser, and desktop experiences are less than stellar.

Also, Degoo isn’t as cost effective as more modern cloud backup options. On top of that, its sparse desktop app, complex design, nearly non-existent browser experience and unresponsive support left us shaking our heads. It’s hard not to wonder if Degoo is so keen on using your unused processor power to make money, that they’ve taken their eye off of developing a good backup product.

That said, a few of our favorite backup services don’t offer any mobile data backups. So if you’re a customer of those services and need smartphone backup that won’t break the bank, Degoo is worth a look.

100GB will be plenty for most and not cost you a dime. So, that’s our take on Degoo. We’d love to hear yours in the comments section below and thanks for reading!  

PlanFree2TB Plan (Monthly)2TB Plan (Annually)2TB Plan (5 Years)2TB Plan (100 Years)
Price Plan
Freemonthly
$ 9 99monthly
$ 95 88yearly
$ 239 405 years
$ 1119 00100 years
Storage 100 GB 2000 GB 2000 GB 2000 GB 2000 GB
Details

Backs up two devices.

No savings.

20% savings.

60% savings.

90% savings.

Backup

Backup Scheduler
Continuous Backup
Incremental Backup
Image-Based Backup
External Drive Backup
NAS Backup
Server Backup
Hybrid Backup
Mobile Device Backup
Unlimited Backup
Unlimited Devices
Speed Throttling
Block-Level File Copying
Multithreaded Backup

Restore

Courier Recovery Service
Browser Access
Mobile App Access
Versioning
Deleted File Retention

Security

Private Encryption
At-Rest Encryption
In-Transit Encryption
Encryption Protocol
AES 256
Two-Factor Authentication
Hardened Data Centers
Proxy Server Settings
HIPPA Compliant

Support

24/7 Support
Live Chat Support
Telephone Support
Email Support
User Forum
Knowledgebase

Misc

File Sharing
Device Sync
Free Trial
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Degoo Review

Degoo provides 100GB of free cloud backup space

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15 thoughts on “Degoo”

  1. I’ve installed Degoo free 100GB account today and it seems it’s has a bit different specs that what is mentioned here :
    1. it has up to 14 days file-restore option
    2. You can link 2 devices in the free account (I linked my pc and android phone).

  2. I can only warn people to use this service. I have a paid option with 2TB storage. However, i backed up a lot of private and business data on Degoo (Thanks god i have also a harddrive backup).

    The upload to Degoo works pretty fine, so thumbs up on this, but when it comes to restore the files, its a disaster! I am not able to download some of my files. It downloads 30-40% and then starts from 0% again. I tried it a few hours to download a 2GB file, i tried it on different days and even on different devices (computers) its just dont downloading it.

    So, i can not recommend this service at all. The support also do not reply to my mails, i am currently waiting more than a month on a reply.

  3. I have purchased their 2TB storage plan. Have not tested yet if the restore works, but their app is using 5-20% of my CPU at all times even when it is not uploading anything to Degoo! There is an app option to get extra space by letting Degoo use unused processor time, but I have this option turned off. Unless Degoo fixes this issue, it is a company that should not be trusted.

  4. Just something to consider, the TOS still states P2P storage §9.1 & §92. The client installer brings 3rd party software adcrap… and the client has an (at least opt-in) option for mining cryptocurrencies on your machine….

  5. I have 2 tb backup plan. No problems until now. I bought it as an additional backup measure for my writing files. I wanted a backup only solution because cloud storage some times destroys files by wrong synching.

    Their synch app need more features. On I know that is a backup service but it needs their the web to have the option to recover a file.

    The best of all is that with one account you can backup unlimited pcs and smartphones.

  6. I set up Degoo and backed up around 200GB of files.

    A couple of months later I happened to bring up the desk top client and discovered that I no longer had the vast majority of the files backed up.

    The client started backing them up again, but that would have been of no use whatsoever had I needed to access the files.

    I have emailed Degoo, but with no response.

    I would strongly advise against using this service for important files.

  7. I think you should mention about “free” is not so free! As soon as you register, appear a message: “You have to invite at least 10 friends to access the free version of Degoo for Windows and Mac OS.”

    Hmmm. I think this fact is worth to mention at least in the article.

    1. Hi Mila,

      This is entirely new information for us. Thanks for letting us know, we’ll look into it immediately.

      Kind regards,
      Fergus O’Sullivan (chief editor)

    2. is free access a lifetime access or just like what the login page says “two weeks free” ?

      1. Degoo is free for life (or until it vanishes into the night). You don’t have to sign up 10 friends for free access, either. Rather, inviting friends gets you more free storage. However, recommending this service to anyone isn’t what friends do to friends.

  8. I tried to do free 100gb space signup but it is asking me to refer 10 friends. Even I did referral still not able to download free version. Don’t know how to overcome this issue.

  9. [Mr. Gildred, This is an updated version of the comment I tried to post yesterday. Please ignore the older version.]

    After using the free version of Degoo for a few months, I was about to sign up for a lifetime plan when I discovered that there were at least 2 deal breakers.

    Deal Breaker 1: Suppose you have uploaded 1 TB of data to Degoo from your current Windows PC and you are replacing this old PC by a new PC. Degoo is incapable of simply reassigning your data set on Degoo to your new PC.

    According to Degoo, you need to do the following 3 steps yourself (correct as of 2018-01-30):
    “Configuring Degoo on a new or reformatted phone, tab or PC”
    http://support.degoo.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1893194-configuring-degoo-on-a-new-or-reformatted-phone-tab-or-pc

    Step 1: Download all the 1TB of data from Degoo first if you don’t have a copy of your data locally. Assuming that you can download 20 GB of data a day, this is going to take 50 days.

    Step 2: Unlink the old PC. In Degoo’s own words: Unlinking a computer will make Degoo “forget” about that computer and permanently delete all files that have been backed up on that computer.

    Step 3: Start backing up your files again from your new PC. Again, assuming that you can upload 20 GB of data a day, this is going to take another 50 days.

    This is crazy! It is going to take you more than 3 months to do the 3 steps. Why is it that Degoo is incapable of simply updating some configuration files to point to this new PC?

    Deal Breaker 2: Assuming that you are using the Windows version, once you have uploaded files to Degoo, there is no way of deleting any of them. Their mobile version allows deletion but you cannot do so for the Windows version. You also cannot use the mobile version to delete files uploaded from the Windows PC or even files uploaded from another mobile device.

  10. Avoid this software like the plague. It does not consistently work as a backup tool at all.

    The problems begin as soon as you try backing up more than one device. It gets confused as to which Backup belongs to which device.

    Even with one device it takes about a week to complete a backup, but if ever you needed to actually restore any files you may find some of them have been corrupted on Degoo’s servers.

    I spent over 2 months trying to get it to work as a reliable backup system, on two devices, one laptop and 1 desktop pc. It really is very nasty glitchy software. The developers kept saying that their updates would resolve all the glitches and problems, but they never did. Trying to get them to respond to requests for support was a complete nightmare, as is the software itself.

    Seriously, don’t buy it or try using it, you won’t even be able to get a refund.

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Degoo Review

Degoo provides 100GB of free cloud backup space

Degoo snags attention with the promise of 100GB of space to backup files in the cloud, and the chance to earn up to 500GB more, with referrals.
Starts from$ 0 93monthly for 2000 GB
Visit Degoo