Cloud Storage Younited is a Privacy Oriented Dropbox Alternative
You’ve probably about F-Secure before, and even here on Technology Personalized we’ve written about many of its products. F-Secure is a well-known security vendor that provides Internet security solutions for PCs, laptops, mobile devices, and for corporate purposes, as well. We’ve just reported about BitTorrent Chat, an upcoming service meant to offer secure and private messaging. Now, F-Secure is betting on the same need for privacy, but this time with a cloud storage service.
Just like BitTorrent Chat, F-Secure’s new cloud service, Younited, is still in beta, so you will have to sign up to receive an email invite. Younited‘s purpose is to bring all your cloud stored files together and provide the privacy you’re looking for. So, F-Secure hopes you will import files from such services as Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, Evernote or even Office 365 to its upcoming secure cloud storage service.
F-Secure claims it will guarantee users’ privacy and will “say NO to the prying eyes of governments”, as well as third parties, like advertisers. At the moment, we don’t possess any pricing information or storage capacity but will update this article once we obtain it, so you can bookmark it to view it later on. F-Secure is a Finish company, but at this point we don’t know if users’ data will be subject to Finland’s government data request laws.
On its website, F-Secure says the following:
We wanted to make something where no photograph, song or video would ever get lost. We wanted to create a place where you can organize your stuff regardless of where it comes from – and then share it with the people you love. Younited will keep track of your document versions, and if something goes wrong, you can go back in time. If your device gets lost or stolen, all of your stuff is still safe.
As expected, Younited will come to Windows PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices. However, at this moment, we don’t know too many details about the services besides the fact that it will be focused on privacy. Younited’s ability to bring together all your data from multiple online storage services is convincing, but will those cloud storage companies allow such third-party management?
Another issue would represent the pricing. If Younited won’t come with an aggressive pricing strategy, then it doesn’t have too many chances of success in front of such cloud behemoths as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and others. The thing is, some people might not value their privacy that much or, at least, they consider they haven’t done anything wrong or unlawful, thus, it will be harder to pitch and sell this product to them. But, recent scandals with the NSA might make them change their minds.