Cloud storage has become part of our daily routines. Files sizes are getting larger and larger. And the frequency at which we need to access the files has increased. The basic premise of cloud storage services is the same across all of the providers. So, to help provide clarity, we have taken the time to conduct a Degoo review.
This Degoo review is split into the following sections:
- What is Degoo?
- Degoo Features
- Different Devices
- Pros & Cons
- Degoo Review Summary
What is Degoo?
Degoo is a cloud storage service developed in 2012 by owners Carl Hasselskog and Mattias Nylitz and a Swedish engineering team. In that short time, Degoo has seen incredible growth and now has over 100 million users of its services.
There are two main types of cloud storage. One type aims to deliver filesharing with ease to its customers. The other is primarily focused on storing data. Degoo fits more into the second category by providing a feature list much more aligned with storing and securing data. However, Degoo has clearly acknowledged that most users will want to share their data at some point, so there is the option to file share as well. This is certainly a welcome addition from the previous version of Degoo.
Degoo’s maximum storage on its premium plan is currently capped at 10TB of data. Which is an obscene amount of data for the vast majority of users. However, if you’re looking for large-scale cloud storage for commercial purposes then perhaps looks elsewhere. If the device or system has more than 10TBs worth of data then Degoo simply won’t be able to provide back of the system. So just keep that in mind.
Despite focussing more towards the storage aspect, unlike some other cloud storage services, there is no live backup mode. There’s also no scheduler to program preferred backup times and frequencies. Instead, you have to either manually start a backup or wait until the data is synced within the next day. This leaves us with some questions about how well Degoo handles sensitive data.
However, Degoo does offer strong features in other areas. We have to mention the insane amount of storage provided to a free account. 100GB of data is absolutely for free and positions itself at the top of the list for most storage on a free cloud service. In addition, both the iOS and Android applications are very well designed and offer a pleasant user experience. I’d say outside of the largest players in the space, Degoo’s mobile applications are probably the best.
Degoo provides cloud storage to files on mobile devices as well. So if you’re a mobile phone power user it might be worth setting up. Even though most phones offer built-in cloud storage for media files, it may not make regular backups of downloaded PDFs or Powerpoints. You can also use the mobile app to very easily manually select which files you want to include.
The mobile apps used to be the only platform capable of file sharing, but thankfully, this has finally been introduced to the web app!
Different Devices Means Different Experiences
There is a stark difference in user experience depending on which version of Degoo you use. Let’s take a quick look at each version and what it’s like to use.
Degoo’s mobile apps are very well-designed and offer an excellent mobile cloud storage experience. Degoo has mobile apps available for both Android/iOS but also Amazon Kindle.
It is instantly obvious that the Degoo was designed with mobile users in mind. Although the web app has massively improved recently, the mobile version still outshines it.
Degoo provides a comprehensive mobile cloud storage service by allowing users to back up any file on their device. This includes all media recorded by the device and any files you have downloaded or transferred to your mobile.
In addition, Degoo provides the option to automatically resize photos while uploading them. Degoo will resize the photos in accordance with phone screen sizes to provide a better mobile experience. However, Degoo will of course, keep the full-size versions as well.
Sending files is a breeze as well. Just click the top of the screen “send files” button to browse from both the backed up files and those stored locally on your device.
Just like the web app, there is the option to share it across the obvious apps like Messenger or What’s App, but also as a link URL.
In my opinion, the free version of Degoo is incredible. A no questions asked 100GB for free with filesharing that’s this easy should be absolutely considered!
The Degoo web app has been updated and now offers a good user experience. There’s nothing special about its interface but it’s intuitive to use and easy to access the core features. Drag and drop is very responsive and makes moving files around very easy. There is also the option to switch from the default large file icons to a smaller list-based format. So if you need to navigate a large number of files, this can be done more quickly.
Sharing files is now as simple as right-clicking and selecting share. This will bring up the option to share the selected file(s) across the range of commonly used apps.
Uploading words exactly how you would expect it to. You can choose files from your computer using the computer’s file system or ask it to use the camera to store a photo.
Degoo Speed Performance
The free of Degoo version has very average speed performance and is in stark difference to the paid version’s Turbo Mode. While writing this Degoo review we were receiving upload speeds of 150kbs with Turbo Mode turned off. However, with Turbo Mode on we experience a jump of around 20x. So if you’re using the free version, expect some slow uploads. But if time isn’t of the essence then it doesn’t really matter too much.
The 3mb/s is impressive and demonstrates a quick transfer rate for the cost. However, it does require more local resources to deliver these speeds. And we saw a noticeable increase in RAM and CPU usage during these uploads.
Security should always be considered when choosing your cloud storage provider. Depending on the nature of the files you will be storing it could even be number one on your list of requirements. So, how secure is Degoo?
Very secure. Degoo stores its customers’ data on servers located in Sweden. Sweden has some of the strictest data privacy laws in the world and provides a very secure legal landscape for data storage.
The servers are split across numerous different facilities as a safeguard against the unforeseen. These facilities are also considered “Hardened”. This means they’re designed to withstand hardware failures, disasters and physical and digital theft.
In addition to real-world security, Degoo has obviously invested in its cybersecurity. Degoo uses 256-bit AES encryption on its servers and SSL/TLS tunnels to transfer the data between local storage and their servers. These security standards reflect that of the industry and you’ll find them across all major cloud storage providers.
However, Degoo does not provide what is known as “zero-knowledge encryption” and instead ops to store your password and encryption key. This is a design choice likely influence by the fact that if you forget the key, your data is locked away forever. In other words, Degoo has compromised on security very slightly to provide a failsafe in the event you forget the password.
Check out our article on cybersecurity facts and statistics to see why security is so important!
Degoo Pros and Cons
|100GB of FREE storage space||Slow upload speed on free version|
|Great mobile apps||No two-factor authentication|
|Deleted files are stored for 14/60 days||Bad Customer Support|
|Restoring in easy|
Degoo Review Summary
It’s clear from this Degoo review that some real improvements to its cloud storage service. It has made huge improvements to its web app, which now offers a good user experience. The fact that 100GB of data storage is provided to the free account is astonishingly good. In addition, the value for money for the 10TB option is unbelievable as well.
If you plan to build Degoo into your workflow then you should consider the free version has slow upload times. Moreover, the paid versions’ Turbo mode takes up a lot of resources when uploading at the quicker speeds. If you’re a photographer who needs to upload, share and edit photos all at the same time, this will cause some issues for you.