SafeSync Review

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Our lives become more and more digital every day. We use many digital devices, so wouldn't it be nice to have all your devices sync together and all your files available from any of your devices any time you want? That's where SafeSync comes in. Developed by Trend Micro, a leader in Internet security and antivirus software, SafeSync gives you a very secure, easy-to-use way to sync your entire digital life.

Price

SafeSync's pricing plans are slightly different than other online backup services. They do not offer a monthly payment plan, just different storage amounts. When you signup, you pay for 1 year up front. This is ok with us because we recommend you signup for a least a 1 year plan with all online backup services, and you usually pay for the plan up front. We show the payment per month so it is easy to compare to other online backup services.

1 Year Subscription Plan:

20GB 50GB 100GB
$3.33 / mo $7.50 / mo $12.50 / mo

SafeSync offers a free 30-day trial with 20GB of use. This is nice because most online backup services don't give you the full storage amount during their trial periods. You can easily signup and download the SafeSync software from their website (www.safesync.com).

Features

SafeSync gives you anywhere access to all your files on all your devices. You can sync your files automatically between your PCs, Macs, iPhones and iPads, and Android devices. You can sync all your files to all your devices or just choose certain files to sync to certain devices, but all files will sync to your online storage. SafeSync has Android and iPhone/iPad apps you can use to view all your files from anywhere. You can also easily stream music and video to your smartphones, or share your files, like photos, with friends and family. You can access your files from your mobile devices even when they are offline because your files are cached as you use them. This means a copy of your streamed music or videos, or viewed photos, is stored locally on your mobile device even if you do not have syncing configured for that device which allows you to view the files while offline.

File sharing is easy with SafeSync. You can send a link via email to any file in your online storage, or post your latest photos to Facebook and Twitter. You can also add password protection to the files you share, and set expiration dates so the links are disabled when you are finished. SafeSync performs automatic, continuous backups, so your files stay in sync and are backed up as soon as you create or edit them.

With SafeSync, it is easy to add folders to sync and backup. It integrates with your context menu, so simply right-click on the folder you want to sync, and choose "SafeSync" to add the folder to your backup. You can also just drag & drop files into the SafeSync folder and they will sync to all your devices.

Features
Anywhere Access to Your Files
Automatic Sync & Backup
Easy File Sharing to Friends and Family
Post Files Directly to Facebook and Twitter
Secure File Encryption with Trend Micro SecureCloud
Recovery Options - Rollback Changes, Restore Deleted Files
File Versioning
Mobile Offline Access to Your Files
Works on Multiple Platforms - Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
 
OS Support
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Mac OS X
 
Mobile Device Support
iPhone, iPad
Android
 

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Status Syncing Web Interface

Ease of Use

The novice user will really enjoy SafeSync. It was very simple to configure and add sync folders. Also the user interface for their desktop application is very easy to navigate and you can view the status of your syncs right from the application. SafeSync's online web interface has a very nice layout and is very easy to navigate. Sharing files is as simple as clicking on them. When you select a file to share, a window will popup where you can set a password and expiration date. SafeSync then gives you a link to send to friends and family. You can also share files or folders right from your desktop by right-clicking on the files or folders you wish to share.

SafeSync has done a great job making their desktop, mobile app, and web interfaces simple and easy to follow. Their desktop application even has a link to a tutorial giving you a brief overview of how to use SafeSync. This is a unique feature as most tutorials are on web support pages and not integrated into the application. SafeSync is simply easy to use.

Speed

SafeSync gives users the ability to throttle their bandwidth for syncing by using their Intelligent Sync feature. We like this option, especially if you use network intensive programs like online games. You can throttle back your sync bandwidth while you play the game, then easily reset it, although we recommend you keep it set to the fastest sync most of the time.

Your initial sync may take a while depending on how many files and folders you are syncing. Remember SafeSync will have to upload all your files, then copy them to all your devices. This may take some time, but subsequent syncs will be much faster. By constantly syncing your devices, files are copied as soon as they are added or changed resulting in smaller upload and download sizes. We were very happy with the speed after our initial sync.

Security

SafeSync is developed by Trend Micro, a worldwide antivirus and Internet security leader, so no wonder they have great security for your data. They understand just how vulnerable your data can be when you start sending it across the Internet. SafeSync uses the latest in security to protect your data including securing their servers with firewalls and having a redundant network of servers in physically different locations. They operate their own data centers and servers. Their servers are under 24/7 surveillance and biometrically controlled.

SafeSync uses 256-bit AES encryption to encrypt your files while they are being transferred to your online storage space and other devices. Your data is additionally encrypted on SafeSync's servers using their innovative SecureCloud technology. You can feel confident that SafeSync does an excellent job protecting your data.

Customer Support

SafeSync offers many support tools should you need some help. Their software is so easy to use that we doubt you will need their support, but a well trained support staff is there should you need them. SafeSync's support page includes video tutorials, an FAQ section, a community forum, and a nice help search feature. They offer live chat support during business hours and email support with a 48-hour turn around time. For an additional $29.95 you can upgrade to an Enhanced Service Plan which gives you 24/7 live chat and 24/7 phone support plus higher level experts. We don't think this is necessary though, as the SafeSync software is so easy to use that this would be a waste of money.

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