Tresorit – my new favourite secure cloud storage
Given my recent troubles with Spideroak, I took another look at the market for a decent cloud storage service. Each of Sync.com, Hightail, and Tresorit came under scrutiny.
Although it’s early days for a review, I am seeing good things from Tresorit so far. Aside from the fact that they googlebomb searches for Spideroak strongly (“Considering Spideroak? Try Tresorit instead!”), they have a number of attractive features over Spideroak.
Crucially – and the main reason I am considering moving away from Spideroak – they have a decent mobile app. Spideroak have no support at all for uploads on iOS, which I find frustrating as it means that any emails I receive with attachments that need filing away, have to be left in my inbox untouched for later review on my laptop, rather than saving it to the right folder on my synced drive, and filing the email as done.
Although I still use a laptop heavily enough to do this, working on mobile devices is supposed to be a ‘thing’ now – there are fully capable mobile MS Office apps on iOS, and yet if we want to save those back to our PC, we can’t do it with Spideroak.
In contrast, Tresorit has a clean, modern design app, with many swipe gestures as well as the important “Open in…” action support to allow any app to send files for storage and sync in Tresorit. It also allows file renaming and moving in the app – something that Spideroak also doesn’t allow.
In addition to this, Tresorit supports collaboration/sharing with other Tresorit users – again, something Spideroak doesn’t. The desktop app is similarly clean, where Spideroak’s is a bit clunky and utilitarian.
Both services support sending one-time URLs for specific files – Spideroak assigns a 3-day expiry by default, whereas Tresorit assigns 30-day, but with a maximum download count and adjustable expiry to boot. Both support versioning of backed up files, backing up of folders anywhere in your directory structure (unlike Dropbox), and both with ability to include/exclude subdirectories in those selections.
One advantage to Spideroak is its ability to share synced files using a URL and password, but without needing the recipient to be a member. Tresorit sharing is granular, but requires a Tresorit account, which many casual recipients would disregard.
That aside, my thoughts are that Tresorit’s mobile app with upload will swing it. For the bulk of my PC data, I also use Crashplan+, which means I can access any and all of my files, with no storage limit, from a mobile app as read-only – as with Spideroak. Hence, since I’m already paying for Crashplan, which has far superior backup capability, and I can use Tresorit’s free tier for syncing specific folders with my partner and with my phone – I see no remaining features of Spideroak that I really need on a regular basis.
That said, I’ll fully test Tresorit, and report back here.