In the arena of cloud-based backup services, ZipCloud, MyPCBackup and JustCloud are all distributed by the same company, which means they have a lot of experience getting their online backup and sync software just right. ZipCloud is located in the United States but owned by a UK company, Just Develop It (JDI), which does just that – it develops feature-rich, online solutions to help consumers back up their important computer files, sync their folders, and easily restore files and folders as necessary.
And that’s what you get with ZipCloud – a nicely developed, mid-range, easy-to-use online solution for storing and restoring all your files. Because it has the same features as JustCloud, we won’t go over those again but direct you to the JustCloud review page.
Let’s look at a specific application of ZipCloud – the file restore function – and see how smoothly it works. But first, a bit of background on the ease of the installation process.
Your first backup occurs automatically, after a setup screen appears to allow you to opt for the pre-selected folders or manual selection of which files you wish to move to the online server. Of course, with only 15 MB of storage in the free trial plan, you won’t be able to store much data but the process for backing up some of the files in “My Documents” went quickly – but that’s probably because we went with the default file size of 2 MB (which is also the maximum size for a free trial account). Bigger files (which you can select by moving the slider to 1 GB) will, of course, take longer to upload to the cloud.
File sharing, file protection, sync multiple devices etc
Special Features from ZipCloud
If you do a lot of work on your computer and are concerned about file integrity, you may want to select the hourly backup option so you never have to fear the loss of any file updates. This option is only available with a paid account so you won’t be able to test it out with your free trial account.
If you take a look in your “View Files” folder and don’t see all the files you are expecting, check out your ZipCloud settings via the desktop app. Files with certain file extensions are preset not to automatically be backed up to the online server and that may be the problem.
When working on a particularly important document, you may wish to drag and drop it into the Sync Folder shortcut on your desktop. That ensures the file will be uploaded automatically to your online ZipCloud storage and synced with all your devices.
There’s only one option for contacting ZipCloud Support and that’s via email. However, when we used that option, we were contacted within hours. We sent a support email regarding the issue with ZipCloud not finding our account due to a previous installation of MyPCBackup and they responded quickly and with explicit instructions. Overall, it was a good experience.
Where are your files stored? Although the parent company of ZipCloud is located in the UK, surprisingly, the cloud storage facility is located in the American state of Virginia and utilizes S3 Amazon servers for the best reliability and security.
And here’s a really nifty feature you’ll find on ZipCloud – it saves your computer’s IP address and physical home location so in case of theft, you can easily bring up the information
Because it’s backed by the Just Develop It company, you can rest assured that ZipCloud contains all the essential features and functionality you would expect in an online backup and sync service. Because they have a lot of experience developing these products, they get it right, offering a good product with a 14-day trial and the ability to upgrade to unlimited storage.
It would be nice if you could give all the options available with a paid account a try simply by installing the free trial, which lasts 14 days. If you opt for an upgrade, the purchased plan comes with a money back guarantee if you decide you don’t like it within 30 days so you’ve really got nothing to lose.