I’ve been using Windows Live Sync / Live Mesh for some time now and it’s done a pretty good job of what I need. However recently I added an iPad to my stable of computers and suddenly the files I needed access to on LiveSync are not easy to get to anymore. I’ve been searching for an alternative and for a while I played with DropBox. However the security concerns around DropBox made me reconsider them as an option for my needs. This is another worthy read on DropBox.
Today I’ve started trials using Trend Micro SafeSync. I’m using a free trial account that I got from Trend Micro for their personal edition which has a limit of 5GB of cloud storage. You can optionally purchase increased limits of 20GB/50GB or 100GB. Personally – the data I need to protect and have access to like this is likely to be in the region of 5-10GB or so.
Installing it was dead simple and after installation, I have a new drive letter (which I reassigned to W: )
All I need to do is to save files into this location and they will automatically be sync’d up to the cloud and also down to any other computers I have SafeSync installed on. For my testing I plan to use a variety of word, excel and PDF documents and use this location as my primary storage for them for the trial.
A big advantage of SafeSync over LiveSync/LiveMesh is that I can access the files stored on it via my iPad. I note that they also support Android as well which is a great sign for open standards.
So I’m off an running now – I’ll report back in a month or so as to how the trial is going. If I like this, I’ll move over everything from my LiveSync over to SafeSync.
Note that the version I’m using now is a personal version. There is a Business version coming soon that will allow for more features such as the ability to more finely control access permissions to files stored on SafeSync.
If you want to give it a try then go ahead click here to get a free trial (note clicking on that link will give me 1 more month on the free trial)