pCloud is a provider of online storage in the field of cloud technology. It provides storage for all your data; music, photos and videos, and also documents. PCloud can be used by anyone and can be your paramount online storage provider or as an alternative.
Technology in this century offers a lot regarding storage. With security issues, it’s a wise decision to have a backup of your data. Solid state storage is becoming cumbersome to work with, and when it comes to increasing productivity, cloud storage is a must have for everyone.
Learn more about the service in this pCloud Review.
Pricing And Plans
pCloud delivers its services across its plans. It has three main plans;
- Free plan
- Premium plan
- Premium plus plan
It also has other additive subscriptions for pCloud for business and also Crypto for enhanced security.
These plans are billed annually or monthly depending on your preference.
Billing monthly is more expensive as compared to annually. Using annually saves up to 20%.
The plans below are for annually.
Basic Free Plan
- Up to 20 GB Storage
- 50GB Download link traffic
Premium Plan $3.99/month
- 500GB Storage
- 500GB Download link traffic*
Premium Plus $7.99/month
- 2TB Storage
- 2TB Download link traffic*
Business Plan $7.99 per user per month
- For Team Collaboration Tool
- 1 TB storage
- pCloud Crypto for each user
Crypto $ 3.99/month
*The download link traffic refers to the traffic generated from your public download links when other people download or stream content from the links.
Payments can be done through the major credit and debit card providers such as Visa, Master Card, and American Express, they also support PayPal.
pCloud payments have a 10-day money-back guarantee.
There are structural entities that make pCloud to be a competitive player in the online storage providers industry.
Here are the key features.
pCloud offers you ways to manipulate data through its desktop client and web interface.
The management is similar to as that of an operating system in its minimal form.
pCloud sharing capabilities are incomparable.
Sharing is done through three ways;
- Invite to Folder – this option allows your friends, coworkers, and family to view and also modify the contents of the folder. They can also edit the files. This is also a native collaboration feature. There’s no way one can control which file to be modified and which is to be not.
- Share Upload Link – this involves sharing a link so that people can upload contents to the shared folder.
- Share Download Link – it’s the vice versa of the upload link, individual can download content from the shared folder. Changes made to the downloaded files don’t affect the original files.
More like versioning, pCloud allows you to keep an eye on files that are modified in the shared folder.
It also gives you the ability to maintain the original version of a file. You can also inspect activities and retrieve changes made to the initial file.
pCloud allows syncing of files from the cloud server to your various clients such as desktop and mobile apps.
Backup is done regularly, and you can keep your social media accounts backed up. With this feature, you can never miss a file.
Not only syncing, but also integration. pCloud lets you increase the security of your photos on the social platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Picasa.
You will be able to back up your special memories simply by clicking a button and keep your photos safe.
pCloud also lets you integrate other different plugins to your account. A plugin like WordPress ensures that your WordPress database is backed up.
pCloud sports an audio player that lets you listen to and manage your music.
This player has a playlist and sorts out music according to artist or album. It further arranges the songs alphabetically.
Through the audio interface, you can download the music, play it, add to playlist or player, share it and also open its location.
Online storage deals with all kinds of information. This information is private and confidential and should not be seen by other people.
Also, this information should maintain its integrity when its stored in the cloud. Modifications done or facilitated by the user are allowed.
This information should also be available at all times.
pCloud ensures that the CIA triad (Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability) is observed.
To ensure this, pCloud offers top-notch security controls throughout their ecosystem.
pCloud uses TLS/SSL encryption to encrypt information during transmission from the user’s client to the cloud. Stored information is also encrypted.
Their data centers are also monitored to avoid potential attacks and infrastructure failure. For maximum security, pCloud offers Crypto at an additional fee.
Crypto is a security feature from pCloud that facilitates client-side encryption.
With this feature, encryption is done from the user’s devices instead of the pCloud side.
This means the users have control over the encryption keys.
The plain text stays at the users’ device while the cipher text – encrypted information is uploaded and stored in the pCloud servers.
Even pCloud itself will never know what kind of information you encrypted.
With these, Zero-Knowledge Privacy is accomplished.
Encryption and decryption is done using a crypto Pass. This feature is integrated in both the mobile and desktop app.
Why Client-side Encryption?
Client side encryption means your information stored in the cloud is more secure even from the government.
Reason being, you are in possession of the decryption keys, unless you decide to give them to someone.
On the other side, server-side encryption means that encryption is done from the server and the vendors have access to your information. This means that the CIA triad can be breached at any time.
Speed is essential for cloud storage. The faster the speeds, the better the service.
pCloud has unlimited speeds with no throttling. Uploading and downloading should be as fluid as possible, other factors such as your internet connection may affect this speed. Other some instances, uploading maybe faster that downloading and vice versa, this also depends on the congestion of your ISP and internet connectivity.
pCloud has super high speeds of 80mbps. This means a whopping 1GB files can be uploaded in approximately 59sec and downloaded in about 36sec.
This speeds may vary according to your internet connection. With this speeds, file access is nearly a desktop experience.
pCloud is accessible across all platform using its web interface. Platform wise, pCloud has client applications for;
To also cater for the mobile world, it has apps for both Android and iOS.
They also have a pCloud app for Windows 10 phone only, and maybe they will also cater for Blackberry users.
Getting Started With pCloud
To sign up, open the pCloud official website and click free signup as shown.
A form will pop up where you will input the required details.
Alternatively, you can use your Facebook account to sign up. You will have to agree to terms and conditions before creating your account.
After clicking the create account button, another popup will show up; it’s a download link to pCloud Drive (desktop client.) you can download it or at later using links at the website and sign up via the client.
You are automatically awarded free 10GB of storage, and you can increase this to up to 20GB by doing tasks such as;
- inviting friends
- get free space
- share link on Facebook
- many more tasks as listed on their website.
After installation and login in via the desktop client, Windows Explorer will pop up, and you will have an added cloud virtual drive, just like a hard disk.
Opening this drive via explorer reveals five folders;
- My Music
- My Pictures
- My Videos
- pCloud Help
- pCloud Sync.
Both pCloud desktop client and Web have a pretty same interface except for the location of operation tabs. The desktop client has them on the upper part while in the web they are located on the left side.
Both interfaces are intuitive with an elegant, simple design for easier navigation.
pCloud provides support via various ways.
There’s pCloud Help in the virtual drive where there’s a get started PDF. This is a starter kit help of all you need to know and go about using pCloud.
Their website also has a knowledge base of frequently asked questions. This FAQ handles all queries about pCloud drive, mobile app, web and also crypto.
You can also request help if the FAQ is of no help. You only need to fill the contact form or send them an email displayed on the web page.
pCloud Pros and Cons
- Unlimited file size
- Easy file sorting
- Plays media files
- Share files with non-users
- Faster speeds
- Backup media from social media
- Enhanced encryption
- You have to pay for extra security after 14-day trial
- Password protect on files not yet available.
pCloud For Business
pCloud provides an optimized pCloud for business.
It’s basically about safety of your business data. Only people who are acquainted with permissions will be able to access the files. Communication and collaboration for teams and users is done through its integrated file system.
This one offers you;
- Workflow user-friendly tools
- Cutting edge elements in line with business prerequisites.
With its simple interface, pCloud is suitable for both novice and experienced users.
Users do not need to worry about failure due to data redundancy in their servers. Speeds are at its optimum, and so far no one has rivaled this; even the big giants in the industry.
Zero-knowledge privacy is an added advantage although the Crypto feature should be incorporated as a feature and users should not pay for it.
pCloud should also introduce file protection policies for individual files i.e. in the shared folder.
They have a responsive support system that we liked but it wouldn’t hurt if they included a live chat.