Copy to close down. I am annoyed.

Copy, the Barracuda file-storage and sharing system, is closing down on May 1st of this year. I am not amused.

Ok, I admit, I didn’t use Copy for my personal stuff. Considering that I have 2 TERABYTES of free cloud storage at Baidu, 10 TERABYTES at Tencent, more than 57 TERABYTES at 360 (that is more than the hard drive space I have accumulated over these many decades!), and theoretically unlimited storage space at Lolabits, I have other places to store my stuff. Problem is, these sites are not in English, and so would be intimidating for my friends and clients to use. (Me, I have no problem if the Chinese government listens to my backups of The Bob Edwards Show, or looks at my vacation photos…I mean, it’s better than the NSA, after all.)

But others may not be so comfortable navigating systems in non-English languages. So I need to find an alternative. Problem is, like I said, I need something clients and friends will be comfortable using. I’ve started researching the alternatives, but am a little saddened to realize that some of the systems I have space on (Tresorit and SpiderOak, for example) no longer provide free accounts of any size, or have time-limited accounts, which is even worse IMHO. Once I choose a replacement based on ease of use and decent space allowances, I’ll post here. Meantime, I been working on replacements, for those (like me) who collect cloud storage space like some people collect bubble-gum cards. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know in the comments section.

I admit I always thought that Copy was relatively safe, having Barracuda behind it. But clearly it was a mistake to trust Copy from the outset…imagine how embarrassed I am that family, friends, clients, subscribers to the Internet OTR Digest, and everyone else I touted the company to is stuck with a useless product that will be eating their files come May-day.

Let me ask you, Barracuda, what do you think the odds are that those of us who are IT professionals will recommend any of your products in the future?

I’ll be posting results of all my testing soon…

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