Copy, the file-sharing service from the security and storage giant Barracuda Networks, offers substantial free cloud storage (15 GB, plus more for referrals) along with heavy encryption and no file size limits. Despite Barracuda's best marketing efforts and a generous referral program, Copy hasn't generated the same buzz as major competitors but still has very good prices and is worth considering, reviewers say.
Simple as can be. Barracuda's Copy (15 GB free; $10 per month for 250 GB) is a straightforward cloud storage service that lets you store and share files. Signing up for a personal account is easy; just type in an email address and you're automatically signed up with 15 GB of free storage. Copy works with Windows, Mac and Linux. Install the app onto your device and every file you move to your Copy folder will automatically sync with the devices you've registered. It's not the fastest service, though, some users say.
Shared files won't eat into your space. Copy boasts their service is more secure because files are stored on its parent company Barracuda's servers instead of third-party hosts; Barracuda is a security specialist. Files are heavily encrypted and protected both when they're being sent and in the cloud, which not every cloud storage service offers. While file sharing is available (you can even make a file public so it can be seen by anyone without a Copy account), you can't edit documents. Copy splits the file size among its users -- so a 10 GB folder shared by two people will only count as 5 GB in your account, for example. The desktop sync client lets you select files to sync and pause, but you can't schedule transfers and there's no search function.
Generous free storage. Copy is one of the newer online backup services and has won fans thanks to its free 15 GB of storage and very generous referral rewards, which give 5 GB free for every referral. While the referral program was supposed to be temporary to create buzz for Copy, it's gone on for quite awhile and has littered the comments sections of cloud storage articles with endorsements of the service (seemingly by people who want to boost their storage by racking up referrals). One issue with Copy is that it doesn't have a lot of tiers -- you get 15 MB of free storage and then have to jump to Copy Pro ($10 per month or $99 per year for 250 MB). But Copy's free storage offering is the same as Google Drive's (15 GB free; $2 per month for 100 GB; $10 per month for 1 TB), our pick for best cheap cloud storage.
Reviewer Paula DuPont gives Copy a 9 out of 10 score in this test review, the most detailed and objective review of Barracuda's Copy cloud storage service. (Some others are by Copy account holders who are clearly trying to boost their storage through referrals.) The review describes Copy's easy setup and features, including public file-sharing.
Review: Copy: Tons of Awesome Free Cloud Storage, Paula DuPont, April 18, 2013
This short review names Copy as one of eight cloud storage services for businesses. The review is just a few sentences and describes Copy's plans including its business service, which gives accounts with five or fewer users a price break.
Review: Eight Business-class Alternatives to Dropbox, Ed Bott, April 17, 2014
3. PC World
Copy is named the best for affordable storage in this comparative and slightly dated review. The $100 a year option for 250 GB is also praised, though it is much more expensive than Google Drive.
Review: Four Excellent Dropbox Alternatives for Your Small-business Storage Needs, Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, Aug. 16, 2013
4. Time magazine
In this short piece, Barracuda Copy is praised for offering "the most no-hassle storage and, at least for now, the biggest opportunities to collect more storage through referrals." A helpful chart details the prices and plans of major cloud storage services.
Review: Chart: Cloud Storage Services Compared, Jared Newman, March 14, 2014
5. Network World.com
Alan Shimel provides one of the few tested reviews of Copy after providing an interesting background on its parent company, Barracuda Networks. The review briefly describes how to download and use Copy (including drag and drop functionality) and Copy's encryption.
Review: Barracuda Networks Introduces Copy File Sharing Service, Alan Shimel, March 8, 2013
CNET recommends Copy and Google Drive for free and budget storage options; Copy gets more praise in these categories, however. While Google Drive's prices have dropped since this review, Copy is still among the leaders in budget online storage.
Review: Is Dropbox Cloud Storage Too Expensive?, Dara Kerr, July 9, 2013