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Wuala - Secure Cloud Storage

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by DRE, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Wuala is like the swiss bank account of cloud storage. They've been around for years and are based in Switzerland. No servers in the u.s. Your files are encrypted before it's uploaded so that not even their employees can see. This might be good for you if you have documents or whatever that you don't trust to keep in ya email. Free accounts start at 5GB. Use my referral link for an extra gb free.


    "All files get encrypted and are stored redundantly. No one unauthorized - not even Wuala as the provider - can access the files."

    Read more about them at www.wuala.com
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  2. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    A Referral link? Hmm I'm sure that would be against the T&C.
  3. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Check again lil buddy. It's not.
  4. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    Aye because someone changed it. big buddy. It was.
  5. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Hey have you ever used this? http://www.truecrypt.org/

    I want to save some stuff in a zip file, secure it then upload it to wuala.
  6. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    No mate ive not used that before, I still just use dropbox and owncloud seems to work for me :)
  7. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Oh okay I found Wuala and learned about Truecrypt when I was researching how safe Google Drive was.

    How safe is my data from hacking? Is it encrypted?
    Google Drive encrypts data between your computer and the Google servers. If you're using your Drive over the Web, the connection defaults to secure (HTTPS), and when you use the software that makes your Google Drive appear on your computer like a local hard drive, the data between your computer and Google is likewise encrypted. No casual hacker will be able to grab your files by monitoring or intercepting your Internet connection to Google.

    Your data is stored under lock and key at Google itself, but it is not encrypted on the Google servers. A Google rep explained why to me: Encrypting files stored at Google would prevent you from previewing them on the Web, and it would also prevent services like Google Goggles and its OCR engine from accessing files on your behalf. (I presume it would also prevent Google's ad-serving algorithms from scanning your data to serve you more targeted messages -- and this is how Google makes its money.)

    A Google Drive user asked me if files could be stored in an encrypted container like aTrueCrypt file. Google's response: "We see no reason why it would not work." However, a geek here at CNET said that accessing a TrueCrypt virtual drive remotely might be very slow.

  8. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    I "think" owncloud has a plugin for something like truecrypt. I remmber seening something similar.
  9. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Here's a Cloud services comparison chart by CNET. Wuala is the only one they said is 'for the paranoid'

    CNET: Wuala was once an independent cloud storage provider, but it was acquired by the hard drive vendor LaCie, and the product is included with some of the company's drives now. Wuala has a unique proposition, though: Its data is all hosted in Germany, Switzerland, and France, where privacy regulations are stricter; it would be, theoretically, harder for a government to get into your files on this service. There are no Wuala servers in the U.S.

    Best for: The paranoid.
    Free storage: 5GB; Price per 100GB: $129/year

    Here a good Wuala review: http://www.bestbackups.com/blog/2445/wuala-review/
  10. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    I used to use Google drive, but they have a restriction on the size of file uploaded, I think it's 5gb, so switched to Dropbox, which seems fine.
  11. Main Company

    Main Company Active Member

    Can any of these be connected to my XF instance and utilized to store my XF attachments, say via the Attachment Store. Or, am I going to have to go with Amazon's S3 or similar service in order to do this?
  12. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

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  13. RickM

    RickM Well-Known Member

    Own server + encryption on either end + a remote backup of the double-encrypted content which is purged every 24 hours.

    It's actually cheaper than the paid plans for most of these cloud storage services. You can get basic servers all over europe pretty cheap now (although sadly not in the UK yet).

    I like the concept behind Wuala, but its just 'yet another encrypted cloud file host with a free 5gb plan'. There are so many of them these days.
  14. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    I doubt "cheap" and "UK" will ever go together, for anything, sadly heh

    I agree about it being yet another cloud file host, but this one doesn't come with two step mobile/cell authentication, like Dropbox does
    That's something I would look for as a minimum.
  15. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Anyone know of a cloud app other than Dropbox that lets you upload your entire iPhone camera roll in one go? BTW I don't use Wuala anymore because I forgot my password and can't remember it. No way to reset it. I had written it down somewhere but accidentally deleted the note that I had written it in.
  16. TheBoss

    TheBoss Well-Known Member

    @DRE , I suggest you try a weeks trial with

    They have OwnCloud available in the App Store ( Free ) where you are the Admin of your own private OwnCloud Storage.
    Servers are based in The Netherlands , and very fast indeed..

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