Have you ever wished that you could just leave your files somewhere on the net and be able to come back to them anytime and anywhere you want to? A lot of people have wanted to do this for the longest time but they couldn’t. Now with the advent of websites like Zip Cloud, this is now a definite reality. You can now back your files up on the net and just retrieve them whenever you need to.
What is Zip Cloud?
Zip Cloud was released just this year by JDI Backup. This website is the second release after JDI Backup’s successful release of MyPCBackup.com, which gained some ground in the market. With Zip Cloud, JDI Backup enters the cloud storage and cloud backup market and will more than likely gain success like their initial release.
Zip Cloud allows its users to transfer data from your computer to the net, by just using a program you download, which in turn creates a sync folder from your desktop to their server which compresses your files and allows you to access them anytime, anywhere and from any device. This means all your documents, music, video and whatever else that can fit in the compression process will be synced with the folder available on the net and you can retrieve them by decompressing them from your end.
If you’re worried about security, fear not! The data they gather is encrypted using the most powerful encryption methods currently available to ensure that you and only you will be able to access your data.
Becoming a Member
Signing up doesn’t prove to be difficult. It is clear where you need to put in the details necessary for your sign up process. The parameters are very clear and people can clearly see what they need to do to create an account. You will need to input a name, an email account and the password of your choice.
After this, you will be asked to make a choice in order to complete your sign up process. You can see there is a definite price to pay for the service since the site provides you with a way to access your files from anywhere you can access the internet and with any device, but if you just want to try out the program, you may choose to undergo the fourteen (14) day trial after which you will probably be asked to subscribe to a plan of your choice. As you can see, the plans seem to be affordable and completely reasonable when you consider the service Zip Cloud is providing you, the user.
When this process is completed you will come to this screen:
This is where Zip Cloud really begins to work for you. You will be required to download the program and set it up on your desktop. (ZipCloud supports Windows 7, XP, Vista, MAC and as of January 2012 will be supporting Linux.) This is vital to the process and you will be required to do this in order to complete your registration process. You will also need to check your email to see the confirmation email they will send in order for you to complete the process.
What can Zip Cloud do?
When you log in with the details you’ve entered, you will be brought to a window that looks like this:
This is for the free account trial, and you can see that there are tasks you will need to accomplish in order to get additional storage data, otherwise you will be relegated with only 15 MBs to begin with. You will need to open the computer program as well to begin the syncing process.
From this account, you will also be able to see your account type. You can choose to upgrade the account from there, and if you’re on a free account it will remind you how many days you have left.
Once you’ve chosen a sync folder from your computer to the site, you can begin compressing files into the folder. You can, from there, keep the files for extraction whenever you’re ready to do so.
If you have other questions and technical issues with regard to the program and your account, you can easily find a FAQ page on the site and even send an email to the people in charge of the site if you have any questions and issues you need to clear up that you may not be able to find in the FAQ page.
If you are on a paid account, keep in mind the billing charges you have to pay. If you’re on a free account, keep in mind the number of days left on your trial account.
What is the exact advantage of this system over other systems? Well for starters, because it’s not entirely free, you can be sure you’re getting some quality service. What does that mean? Since you’ve paid them to use their services, they will have to ensure that you get your money’s worth; your account will be as secure as they can make them out to be and their security is paramount over anything.
Also, because you’re compressing files through the folder, anything you update with regard to the file from the root computer where you’ve set up the program from will update the file on the sync folder on the website.
What will this cost you?
As shown above, there is a payment necessary to render Zip Cloud’s services. The price you pay will ensure that they can effectively maintain their processes and servers; the data storage systems operations like this use is not something that can be obtained for free, as economists would say – there is no free lunch. The price you pay will be equivalent to the level of safety and utmost reliability you can expect from Zip Cloud and the team behind it.
Overall, Zip Cloud is a really useful tool if you want to compress files for use in other terminals. You can use Zip Cloud to store data online and to obtain them from anywhere you want, using your laptop or Smartphone. Sure, you have to pay some amount, but you can rest assured that your files are safe and only a click away.