Continuing with our special Android cloud, this time it is the turn to Wuala. We have already analyzed Dropbox, SugarSync and Box, and this time it is the turn to LaCie, the manufacturer of external storage solution.
Wuala allows us to upload our files in the cloud to have a backup accessible from anywhere and device, focusing mainly on security and ecriptacion of data. Then we will see that we can do with their official app for Android.
Wuala, safety first
The biggest difference Wuala with other solutions in the cloud circulating out there is security, the encryption of all data that I got on our storage space. The advantages of having all encrypted are clear, but it also presents some problems which we shall detail.
First, when we created our Wuala account must choose a password. This password is never sent to Wuala, but it is used to generate the keys to encrypted files. If we lose the key we can not recover the data, since Wuala does not.
Another problem that presents have all encrypted with that level of security (password never leaves your computer / mobile) is that the accessible version via web is made in Java. At the end is a software that runs on your computer, because the encryption cannot be otherwise (web application). It is not so immediate as other solutions, but works pretty well. Also There are clients for Windows, Mac and Linux.
In Wuala files can be shared. There is a complex set of keys that allow you to release a public key to make the content accessible to other Wuala users, and can even revoke those permissions and files are reencriptaran with other keys to not allow more access. We can also share files in a public way, through a web link (public or secret), but here we will lose the encryption of the entire folder that we want to share.
Wuala, Android app
Wuala for Android application is quite simple. Once opened there to login with our user name and your password, which will give us access to your folders and what they have in them. We can download the files to your phone and upload files to the folder you say.
Also brings a built-in Photo Viewer, and we can also play music in Wuala, but it is not streaming, you have to download the file first (probably has to do with that has to decrypt the content). To play the music you will use the music player that you have by default in Android.
Wuala, few options in the Android application
The problem of the Android application is that it is somewhat limited. We can upload and download files, Yes, but for example we can not share a folder directly from here, or synchronize content that we have on the phone automatically, such as photos and videos. There is also no option to limit the rise and drop files to Wifi, avoiding to consume data in mobile network.
The application, as I say, is functional, but a little bothered by these shortcomings. My opinion is that more strong encryption of all information and they have not devoted much effort to your application for Android. On the other hand the desktop computer application is pretty good, has many options and is not limited to a simple file Synchronizer.
Wuala, pricing plans
Wuala offers a free 2 GB of cloud storage. And possibly the purchase of external hard drives LaCie will get extra space, because there is the possibility of putting a LaCie product code in the desktop application. Starting from there, to make more space, you have to pay.
Pricing plans they are not the cheapest in the market, or much less. Security, I imagine that they will think on Wuala, comes at a price. I detailed the prices of personal plans (there is an option of companies also).
- 10 GB: 19 euros a year
- 25 GB: 39 euros a year
- 50 GB: 59 euros a year
- 100 GB: 99 euros a year
- 250 GB: 229 euros per year
- 500 GB: 399 euros per year
- 1 TB: 649 euros per year
If you love the storage in the cloud, you want to have visible the most important files on your computer in Android, and vice versa, but you’re concerned about the security of these files, Wuala is the solution. They can even see the contents stored on the servers and just use a very complicated key stop have protected information.
That Yes, the Android application is somewhat limited and access from any computer occurs associated with the installation of an application (via Java is simple, but it is cumbersome). Security carries certain inconveniences.
Wuala Version 2.2.1
- Version of Android: Since 2.1
- Developer: LaCie
- Download it in: Android Market
- Price: free
- Category: Tools
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