pCloud Vs Sync.com - A Comparative Analysis [Updated 2022]

pCloud vs Sync.com: There are about +10.000.000 users of pCloud, while there are about 1.800.000 users of Sync.com. They are both extremely popular due to the incredible features they offer, along with the client-side encryption that ensures the security and privacy of your files. You can compare Sync.com vs. pCloud below and read the reviews.

pCloud vs Sync

Pricing & Plans

pCloud

You can store up to 10 GB of data on pCloud for free. There are two paid plans for storage. They also provide client-side encryption through their Crypto plan. The company was also the first to offer lifetime cloud storage plans for a single payment. They can save you a lot of money in the long run. Their plans come with a money-back guarantee of 10 days.

Sync.com

Sync.com offers several plans. Plans range from the free 5 GB offer to the larger 6 TB plans. These offer advanced features as well. They are by far the best value for money when compared to other cloud storage providers. All plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Cloud storage plans offered by Sync.com are not lifetime plans.

All plans are billed annually rather than monthly.

Is pCloud & Sync.com Easy to Use?

pCloud

The user interface of pCloud is well designed. It may not look like the most modern one, but it accomplishes the task without a doubt. My preference is to have a simple UI with all the needed “actions” accessible at a moment’s notice. This is exactly what pCloud offers.

  • Files – Manage your files.
  • Crypto Folder – Available to those who upgrade to the Crypto plan and enable client-side encryption.
  • Sharing – Displays all the files you have shared with others and what they have shared with you.
  • File requests – You can choose to shut down or change the settings for pending file requests.
  • Audio – Allows you to play all the sound files from a single source.

You can preview both Office and PDF documents from the browser, but you cannot edit them. The ability to watch movies, listen to music, and view images is also available. All of that is available outside of the Crypto folder. Client-side encryption restricts what can be done in there.

pCloud - Ease of Use

Sync.com

Modern and responsive, Sync.com’s UI is easy to use. I’ve never had any trouble using it. By cycling through my files, I am able to manage my files in the same folder structure I would use on my computer. Although I prefer the list view due to its simplicity, you can cycle between the grid and list views.

My files and folders can be stored just in the cloud with the “Vault” feature. The data in the “Vault” will not be synchronized with my devices, which is a nice little feature. If you share folders/files with someone, you can also look at all changes on the “Events” tab.

Using the browser, you can preview Office and PDF documents. Watching movies and listening to music are not available, but you can preview images. Sync.com integrates with Office 365 for editing Office files.

Sync Interface

File Syncing with pCloud & Sync.com

pCloud

You can download pCloud for Windows, macOS, and Linux. It creates an imaginary drive on your computer that takes up no local storage space. If you want to save space, that’s a great feature. You can still mark files for offline access if you plan to use your computer without an internet connection. Any folder on your computer can also be synced to the cloud.
 
Transfer speeds are not restricted, but you can limit them yourself. The size of files is not restricted either.
 
Block-level sync is also available for sections that are not encrypted client-side (so not the Crypto folder). This speeds up the uploading process.

Sync.com

Windows and macOS versions of the Sync.com client are available. Installing the client allows you to choose where your cloud files will be synced locally. Any changes you make to that folder will also be reflected in your cloud.
 
In the Sync.com control panel you can also set the sync folder, change the password, set up/download speeds, set monthly bandwidth limits, and select which files you want synced to a specific device (selective sync).
 

Cloud transfer speeds are limited to 5 MB/s. File-deduplication is supported, but block-level sync cannot be supported due to the client-side encryption applied to all your files. Folders on your computer cannot also be synced. File sizes aren’t limited though so that’s great!

 

Security with pCloud & Sync.com

pCloud

When transferring data, pCloud uses TLS/SSL encryption. Crypto, the company’s client-side encryption plan, does just that. Your files cannot be accessed by anyone else.

The thing you should pay attention to here is pCloud Crypto. PCloud is the first cloud storage provider to offer both client-side encryption and server-side encryption. How does this benefit you? Why not simply encrypt all files on the client side, thus preventing government access to any files? This has one major drawback. No one can access encrypted files. The data is not understood by the servers or processors. As a result, applications like image previews, playing videos and music directly in the cloud, previewing documents, etc. aren’t possible.

This is why pCloud offers both client-side encryption (zero-knowledge) where you can store your important files and server-side encryption where you can store music, videos, and other items. You can view them directly in the cloud if you wish. The Crypto folder can still be uploaded and unlocked whenever you need it.

They are GDPR compliant. Additionally, they are compliant with ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management Systems (QMS) and ISO 27001:2013 – Information Security Management Systems (ISMS).

Two-factor authentication is also available in pCloud.

There have been no security breaches on their record, and it appears that they will remain secure.

Sync.com

Toronto and Ontario are the locations where Sync.com’s servers are located. Client-side encryption ensures the security of your files. As a result, they have a zero-knowledge platform as well as a strong privacy policy. Can you explain? Only you have access to the keys that encrypt all of your files and information. You’ll never have to worry about government interference or the possibility of your files being hacked. Not even Sync.com administrators have access to your files.

If you’re a tech-savvy person, Sync.com uses RSA 2048 bits, 256 bits AES, SSL, and TLS encryption.

Sync.com is also HIPAA-compliant, so companies dealing with sensitive patient information can use the service. HIPAA-compliant networks and clouds are essential for institutions dealing with such information.

Furthermore, they comply with EU GDPR and PIPEDA. There are several privacy laws in Canada (PIPEDA is one of them). All of these laws have been discussed in this post.

Password Hints, Two-Factor Authentication, and Automatic Logout can be enabled to make your account even more secure. In addition, even you cannot recover your password. Password Recovery can be enabled in the settings before you lose your password, or by changing your password in the desktop application.

When Sync.com receives a subpoena from a court, demanding the server’s data, the following will happen: The content of the files you store on their service is encrypted, and only you can decrypt it. As a result, they cannot decrypt your data. Upon request, they will provide you with personal information such as your name, e-mail, and mailing address. Within legal boundaries, they will do whatever they can to inform you that your personal information has been disclosed.

Summery of pCloud vs Dropbox

pCloud vs Sync.com: It was a battle to remember. In addition to taking up two of the top spots on my Top 10 Cloud Storage Providers list, Sync.com and pCloud also rank very close to each other when it comes to my rating of their features. The comparison concludes:

  • In comparison with other providers, both pCloud and Sync.com offer great pricing plans, but only pCloud offers lifetime cloud storage.
  • These two services have great user interfaces and are easy to use. Sync.com has a more modern-looking interface, but pCloud offers more functions, such as streaming video and listening to music.
  • They both provide excellent synchronization clients, but pCloud uses no local storage space with its imaginary drive.
  • Sync.com has more advanced sharing features.
  • With Sync.com, you can retrieve your files for longer periods of time with no additional cost than with PCloud’s “Rewind” feature.
  • Due to their client-side encryption and strong privacy policy (HIPAA and PIPEDA compliant), Sync.com offers better security and privacy than PCloud.
  • Sync.com and pCloud provide almost identical online support options, pCloud having a slightly larger FAQ base than Sync.com.

I believe it’s more important that you decide which cloud storage service is right for you than I tell you which is best for you. Look at the features and make your decision accordingly. You can’t go wrong with either of them! They are both among the best services on the market right now!

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