By Andreas Rivera, business.com Writer | Updated Mar 16, 2019
It's a way to keep your files secure in the cloud as well as share them with others. You can use it as a backup service or as an additional hard drive for your photos, media, or documents.
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Plans and Pricing
Personal plans start at 100GB for $7.49 per month. You can expand to 250GB of storage or choose the biggest plan for 500GB. Business plans start with a lot more storage, but it comes with some restrictions. You can get 1TB of storage to be used between one to three users, starting at $55 per month. You can scale up as you need more space or more user accounts.
SugarSync works similarly to other cloud services with its syncing methods. You can download a desktop app and drag folders or files to it to automatically sync. If you have SugarSync on your mobile devices or other desktops, those files will be available there, too. It retains the same file structure as the one established on your desktop computer when it syncs your files. It detects changes in files and folders, then makes updates to the cloud accordingly.
If your computer is compromised in any way, SugarSync has a restore mode to return your files to a new computer. You can still access your files offline, view and edit them, then the next time the device comes online again, it will continue to sync.
One benefit of using SugarSync to share files is that you can do so without giving anyone access to your SugarSync account or the myriad files you've uploaded. For business accounts, you can create shared folders between teams of users who have permission to access the folder. For sharing data with individuals outside the company, such as clients, simply create a public link that you can share through Facebook, Twitter or email. The recipients don't need to have a SugarSync account.
If you want to share files or folders for collaborative purposes, you can set permissions to allow certain individuals to only view files or to also edit. Users can access files from SugarSync's web app, install the desktop app, or use a mobile app for either iOS or Android devices. A number security features beyond a 256-bit encryption for transfers include remote device wipes in the event a device is stolen or lost.
SugarSync is clear about its limitations. The company suggests you store no more than 80,000 files in a folder; otherwise, you may experience syncing issues because of the amount of metadata needed.
In addition, the app does not support email files, iPhoto databases, iTunes databases and other common file types. SugarSync archives your files though, also known as versioning; however, you can only save up to five versions.