Disclaimer: I used Copy as my only online storage service for 14 days.
There are a lot of different services out there offering online storage. Dropbox has become a very popular way for people to upload and store the files that they care about. They give you 2GB out of the box. If you are clever enough and did some of the tasks they give then you get a little bit extra for free. To be fair if documents is what you are storing in your dropbox account then you are not likely to run out of space any time soon
This is all well and good but for some 2GB is nowhere near enough storage. So you might be asking “is there a good alternative”?
Well, that’s where Copy enters the fray. It’s an online storage service run by a company called Barracuda Networks (a company that provides computer security, computer networking and storage products for businesses).
Just like Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive, copy offers you 15GB out of the gate. If you want more free storage. You can use their referral system where if someone signs up via your link, then you will get an addition 5GB and they will get an extra 5GB as well. You can do this and get up to 25GB for free. So, if you sign up using my link then you will get 20GB out of the gate (15GB as part of your free storage plus an additional 5GB for using the link).
I have been hearing a few things around the web about Copy so I decided that I should give it a shot.
Of course, the sign up procedure is simple enough. Just enter your name, your email and your password. After that you are good to go.
After creating your account, you are greeted with this simple interface. It does share some similarities to Dropbox in that you have your shared folders on the left, an easy way to upload folders at the top and share links to folders at the top as well.
For the purposes of testing, I used Mozilla Firefox and went to the Copy website and logged in. I uploaded a few documents using the upload button shown in the above screenshot. Within a few moments my documents were there. It was that simple.
Of course, Copy also has it’s own desktop app. It creates a folder on your computer. When you sign into your Copy account it will populate this folder with all of the files stored online in your account. Any files that you put inside of this folder will be uploaded. I also put a couple of documents into my Copy folder and again, within a few moments they were uploaded. It was really as easy as putting stuff into any other folder.
This is all well and good being able to store a lot of files online, but if you are storing stuff like bank statements or invoices (or other confidential information), then there’s a big security risk. After a bit of research and digging around there is no two-factor authentication/two-step verification at the time of publishing this article.
Basically, after logging in with you’re regular email and password you have enter a second password or code. This would be a time-sensitive, one-time passcode that would expire after a short period of time. This code would be either sent to your phone by way of an SMS/text message, or you might use an app like Google Authenticator(iOS/Android). This matters because if someone were to hack into your account then you are still safe because you are the only person who has the one-time code that the hacker needs to break in.
All-in-all I think that Copy is a great online storage service that could potentially be as big as dropbox is. The fact that you get 15GB out of the box for free(20GB if you sign up here) also makes Copy a viable player in the cloud storage space. However, if the lack of 2-step verification is a worry for you then you might want to consider other options (e.g. Google Drive).