IceDrive is part of my intention to de-Google and de-Microsoft much of my online activities. Ignoring Google Drive is simplicity itself and while I have an Office 365 account which gives me 1TB of OneDrive storage, I wanted to choose a small, independent option with a good reputation for security.
I looked at a number including Sync and pCloud neither convinced me to part with money for their services. Sync subscriptions started at 2TB which I would never fill and I had an unpleasant experience with pCloud where someone using an old email address of a collaborator managed to hack into a shared folder via a new email address and deleted a stack of files. The feedback I received from pCloud was not satisfactory.
I spent a good day surgically attached to the PC researching cloud storage services and eventually signed up for the free version of IceDrive which gives you an immediate and generous 10GB of storage. Test uploads, downloads and wandering around the back end were all favourable, so I subscribed to the service Lite Plan which gives me 150GB of storage more than enough for my humble needs.
Reviews spoke highly of IceDrive’s interface and it is indeed one of the best; crisp, clean and easy to navigate. If you can manage a simple file manager, you will find IceDrive so simple to work with.
So, what about security? Everything – even file and folder names – are encrypted on your device before it enters the Icedrive secure cloud. No matter what, no sensitive data could ever be intercepted, leaked or deciphered. Also, Icedrive is the only encrypted cloud storage solution to use the bulletproof Twofish algorithm. Widely accepted by cryptographers as a more secure solution than AES/Rijndael. The service also provides an encrypted folder, protected by a passphrase of your choice, which can safely house your most sensitive data.
IceDrive is based in Wales and was launched in 2019, so in terms of longevity, it is definitely the new boy on the block. As such it lacks some of the more advanced tweaks offered by more established services and its collaboration tools are basic, to say the least.
Having said that, as I rarely collaborate with anyone, it is not an issue for me. Also, its support has been questioned by other reviewers, but I posted a query on a Saturday and received a reply the following day, which impressed me. Also, being the new boy, the developers can take a critical look at modules within other services and choose which ones they want to adopt to improve IceDrive even further.
The service comes as a Windows app, is available on IOS and Android and has a powerful web app. On the web browser side, IceDrive uploads large files using what it calls the “chunk upload” and it converts every popular document and vector type to a format that allows you to preview directly in your browser.
If you are looking for a highly secure, encrypted cloud storage facility, test drive the 10GB free version to discover whether it fits for you. A plus point is you get the 10GB immediately and you do not have to jump through hoops in multiple steps as you do with pCloud.
Check out IceDrive’s pricing structure, which has a 14 day money back option, here.