New Copy.com cloud storage service gives free 5 GB storage plus free 5 GB for every person you refer

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I’m guessing between Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, and iCloud, most people have their cloud storage needs fulfilled. However, that hasn’t stopped competing cloud storage services from cropping up. Copy is the latest to join the fray.

Copy is a new cloud storage service by Barracude Networks, a company networking hardware. Available on the web at Copy.com and on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS vis-a-vis programs and apps, Copy is trying to make inroads into the cloud storage market by offering lucrative free storage to users. Every new user of Copy receives 5 GB of free storage. Anyone that is willing to tweet about Copy.com gets another 2 GB. And if you refer someone to Copy (i.e. someone signs up for Copy via your referral link), you get an extra 5 GB and the person signing up gets an extra 5 GB (meaning the other person starts with 10 GB instead of 5 GB).

It isn’t clear if there is a limit on the amount of free storage you can receive via referrals or not. Presumably you can get an unlimited amount of free storage via referrals and you receive free 5 GB for every person you refer. However, unfortunately, Copy’s homepage is quite barren on facts regarding the service, so I cannot say for sure.

Aside from lack of detail regarding referral bonuses, Copy also doesn’t explicitly explain if and how files stored on the service are encrypted or not. Also it is unclear if Copy has file size limits or not, with the website only caring to declare: “Email attachments have size limitations. Copy doesn’t.”

(Note: Regardless of if Copy itself encrypts files or not, you should always encrypt important files yourself that you plan on storing on cloud storage services. See dotTech’s article on 3 free programs to easily encrypt files on cloud storage. Those programs will work with Copy since Copy’s desktop programs create a storage folder.)

A new cloud storage service that isn’t very clear about aspects that people would consider critical? Eh, not a good start even if it is backed by a seasoned company.

In any case, aside from free storage, there are two other selling points to Copy:

  • Firstly, if you are able and willing to pay for cloud storage, Copy has one of the cheapest rates around: $9.99 a month or $99 a year for 250 GB. Compare that to $9.99/$99 for 100 GB on Dropbox, $50 a year for 100 GB on SkyDrive, and $9.99 a month for 200 GB on Google Drive.
  • Secondly, Copy is focused on sharing. It allows users to easily share files with others by generating public URLs that anyone can visit, by sharing private URLs that can only be visited by people you send them to, and by controlling if shared files can be viewed only or also synced and edited.

If you are interested in Copy, hit up the link below (yes, it is my referral link) to sign up and get started with 10 5 GB of free storage. Also feel free to post your referral link in the comments below; who knows, maybe someone will use it.

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  1. Mike

    Copy offers a great cloud storage service. This referral link will give us both 5 GB free bonus storage (20GB total).
    I could REALLY use the space as unfortunately I am unable to afford the account upgrade at the moment. You would make my day if you would be so kind as to sign up using my link!

    https://copy.com?r=dJIRg3

    Thanks

  2. Good KaRMa Please use me!!

    This referral link, like EVERY other one, will give us both 5 GB free bonus storage (20GB total).
    You will get the same 5GB no matter whose referral link you click (there are some dishonest posters claiming otherwise – take a look at the website and you’ll see the truth)
    I could REALLY use the space and, unfortunately, am unable to afford the account upgrade at the moment. You would absolutely make my day if you would be so kind as to sign up using my link!

    https://copy.com?r=MPCOmk

    Thanks!!

  3. Jake

    Hey folks!

    This is awesome! Let me share with you an awesome way to get torrent movies to your cloud i.e Copy.

    First step get Put.io account for $1 for one day.
    Download all you want.

    Use Mover.io to tranfer your files to Copy for free.

    Its there forever for you to enjoy even when your put.io account expire. If this helped please sign up using my account so that we both benefit!

    I will get 5 Gb and you will start off with 20 GB.

    https://copy.com?r=RXaJTR

  4. ttkk

    Hi,

    after my external drive died, and I loose all of my photos, i was very angry. Then I tried Dropbox (fine, but not enough space for me), Sugarsync (for me it was very slow), and now I am using Copy.com.

    Normaly, on Copy.com you have 15GB for free, but if you use this link, and install Copy.com application to synchronize or backup your data, you will get 20GB for free: https://copy.com?r=zPku0e

  5. Paulo

    Copy is one of the best if not the best cloud storage service! No upload file size limits, Lansync, versioning, speed, and all data is encrypted for peace of mind. You start with 15GB free and you can easily upgrade to more free space as you go.
    Use my referral and you get +5GB for free, you get 20GB for starts.

    Here it is: https://copy.com?r=mEhEBc

    Thanks!

  6. John.Connor

    I am using Copy.com, Dropbox and Bitcasa. I use Dropbox as my primary cloud and Copy.com as the backup – just because there are more apps syncing with Dropbox. However Copy.com is a great alternative if you have large amounts of data (e.g. pictures, movies) which you need to share with other people and you don’t need to access them from within any apps. You can get your 5 gb referral bonus by signing up with this link.

    https://copy.com?r=iMdsaf

  7. Marc

    I’ve been hugely impressed with Copy.

    They now give you 15GB of free space – 20GB if you sign up via this link: https://copy.com?r=3xMLZZ – with a further 2GB for linking to your twitter account.

    The interface is clean, the program works wonderfully and they seem to have an client for just about everything including Linux. It’s exactly what Dropbox should have been.

  8. Whiskey

    I use copy.com since 2 Weeks …
    excelent ! The Client is like Dropbox, but with more features (Fair-Share, download as ZIP …)
    With this link you get +5GB to the start of 15GB … (and i too ;-) )

    -> https://copy.com?r=XJwzYf <-

    maybee i get one or two referrals-bonus … enough for me …
    Enjoy it – you will like copy.com !

  9. Sarah

    Hey guys,

    during my studium i have tested some online storage providers.
    The best provider I can recommend is – like the comments above – copy.com

    >What brings it to you:
    - free 20 GB online storage + 5 GB for every referral (no limit upwards :) )
    - easy to use website
    - secure file transfer per https

    >Optional – secure your Data:
    It’s very easy to use, even if you want to secure and encrypt your private data. For encryption i use encFS. It’s very powerfull and it can also mask the filenames. Alternatively you can use the tool Boxcryptor, it’s very easy to use. Both programms are available for all kind of systems (Win, Linux, and mobile systems) So don’t reveal your private data with anyone

    If this tipp helps you, please be so kind and use my link for +5GB for both of us :)

    >My link:
    https://copy.com?r=KrGnKF

    Thank you ;)

  10. Sarah

    Hey guys,

    during my studium i have tested some online storage providers.
    The best provider I can recommend is – like the comments above – copy.com

    >What brings it to you:
    - free 20 GB online storage + 5 GB for every referral (no limit upwards :) )
    - easy to use website
    - secure file transfer per https

    >Secure your Data:
    It’s very easy to use, even if you want to secure and encrypt your private data. For encryption i use encFS. It’s very powerfull and it can also mask the filenames. Alternatively you can use the tool Boxcryptor, it’s very easy to use. Both programms are available for all kind of systems (Win, Linux, and mobile systems) So don’t reveal your private data with anyone

    If this tipp helps you, please be so kind and use my link for +5GB for both of us :)

    >My link:
    https://copy.com?r=KrGnKF

    Thank you ;) :-*

  11. Umut

    The interface is really cool and it syncs fast. Not to mention the sizeable referral bonuses. I think it could be a viable contender to dropbox, especially with the decreasing hdd of laptops nowadays. If you want to try this, I would really appreciate if you use my referral link: https://copy.com?r=IEYJXN . You would also get a 5GB bonus when signing up with a ref link.

  12. Rob (Down Under)

    I may have a free gift for those that are using Copy folder.
    I have a robust and feature filled program that I use all the time in my PC. It took me months to develop. Part of the functionality is for clip storage and pasting into any running program.
    I trigger mine by pressing the Insert key. My form fills the screen, and I click one of my listed clips (EG my email address). My Form disappears, and my email address is pasted into which ever text box (field) previously had the focus.
    I may be able to utilize some of the functionality from my large program, and make a small utility for pasting clips from any PC in your network (that has a ‘Copy’ folder).
    Feedback thoughts are welcome.
    It will be a pretty neat program, as it took much time to get the pasting rugged, and that includes handling the different ways XP, and Win 7 handle losing and regaining focus on the previous active program.
    The version will be deliberately limited in how many clips can reside in it (I am Scottish, and would never be allowed back into Scotland, if I give too much away).
    And who knows, those that throw 5GB my way, may have a slightly less limited version ?

    Here is my referral link -
    https://copy.com?r=1ayiNg

    Rob Down Under (alias RobCr)

  13. Rick

    Sure, I’ll throw my referral in the ring.
    https://copy.com?r=nBqTOx
    I could really use the storage, folks.

    Yes, you have to install the app (on a computer or mobile device, doesn’t matter) before you get the 10GB from signing up using someone’s referral link.

    Yes, you should click “allow” for the Windows Firewall question. The point of the program is to synchronize your files over the internet, so it will certainly need internet access.

    Yes, you should let it run all the time. If you were only going to run it when you want to upload or download something then there’s no need for a sync app at all, just use a web interface. You could even use something like ADrive.com which gives you 50GB but no sync app. The point of the sync app is to run all the time *automatically* synchronize changes.

    I’ve used lots of synchronizing cloud storage providers. Dropbox, Sugarsync, Windows Live Mesh (which was replaced by Skydrive), Wuala, Spideroak, CX, Google Drive/GDrive, etc etc etc ad nauseum (and I’d be happy to provide referral links if anyone wants a sign-up bonus, but the bonus is never as big as Copy’s). Copy’s sync client may well be the best I’ve used. It doesn’t choke my CPU when there’s lots of activity. It allows me to *exclude* as well as include folders, so a deep subdirectory that I don’t want synced is left alone while the rest of its parent is synced. Performance is superior; files show up on other computers much sooner than with other services. It runs great on linux as well as Windows (even Windows 8). Gotta love the 5GB referral bonuses too!

    I have learned to trust Barracuda Networks well enough in the past 5 years of using their Spam & Virus Firewall 400 in an enterprise Microsoft Exchange email system. There’s no need to fear. That said, I wouldn’t recommend putting any sensitive data in ANY cloud storage or on a computer that allows remote access without keeping it encrypted. There is that nice link to a dottech article about 3 encryption programs made for this job.

  14. Tizwoz

    Update on my original post – I eventually received the second 5Gb as an Ashraf referral, so I apologize, Ashraf, you were correct in saying signing up with your link gives 10Gb -and yes, you do need to install their app for this to work.

    I also got an additional 5Gb when someone else signed-up with my link (http://copy.com/?r=oKRZJK) – so thanks, Yossi Rodin, and good luck yourself! Thanks also to http://copy.com/?r=oKRZJK for such a great service.

  15. TBueno

    As it is backed by Barracuda Networks, it’s supposedly safe. Web interface is a bit too basic right now, especially in comparison to SkyDrive, Box or even GDrive. The mobile apps are quite polished, and will probably get very competitive after a few more updates.

    One nice feature is no single file size limit, convenient for storing movies or .ISOs. Signing up from a referral link gets us both a 5GB bonus. A simple tweet will also give you 2GB+, adding up to 12GB.
    Thanks in advance: https://copy.com?r=uLkMNF

  16. Rob (Down Under)

    When installing it, it asked (or Win XP asked) for full access via the firewall.
    Did you all give it full access ?
    Are you all running it all the time (autostart with windows), or are you just starting it when you need it ?

  17. Bruce

    Come on, people. Even though Ashraf said it’s OK to post your own referral link, he’s the one who told us about this, and he deserves the bennies via his link. Help him earn his well deserved zigabyte.

  18. Ben

    I personally have been using Copy.com for a while now and I am totally hooked! They offer much better features than than most other cloud storage providers.

    For a limited time, if you use the following link to sign up for Copy.com, you get additional 5GB of free online storage forever, so a total of 10GB!: https://copy.com?r=imaNoO

  19. RobCr

    Col. Panek (aka James V. D.) did you get an extra 5GB ?
    No one seems to be fessing up, if they are getting extra storage from referrals.
    Bear in mind they have to install the app as well (like I did) before the referrer gets the 5GB
    Here is my referral link -
    https://copy.com?r=1ayiNg
    I am not begging for more storage, however what you will get from me is A PROMISE THAT I WILL GIVE FEEDBACK HERE, once one referral installation adds to my storage.

  20. RobCr

    The Copy site is lacking info, plus this review is a bit brief, plus no one has answered my question, so here is a link to another article -
    http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/copy-file-sharing-cloud-storage-sync-with-12gb-free-space/

    And I can add a wee bit more info -
    I have bitten the bullet and installed the app. (I also tweeted, so now have 12GB)
    I hate Documents and Settings folder (aka the mineshaft), and bend over backwards to avoid using it. Copy uses it for the shared folder. I will live with it, as it is fairly easy to find in there.
    If any of you have limited hard drive space, or meager download limits, be careful, as the default setting is for everything placed into your cloud, to be downloaded to your PC. There is a setting to prevent that, if you need to.
    The Windows (XP) firewall asks you whether to allow full or limited access. None of the articles (including this one) mention that, so I bit the bullet and allowed full access.

  21. RobCr

    [@Col. Panek]
    Tried your link.
    So far so good.
    I now have a page saying -
    Complete the referral process and get your extra 5 GBs of storage by following these steps.
    Click the link we just emailed you, which will validate your address.
    Install the Copy app on at least one computer or mobile device.
    It is the last line, that I have a question on.
    Are you all installing the ‘Copy app’ ON YOUR MAIN PC ?
    Or are any of you hesitant like me ?
    Can the service be used without installing the ‘Copy app’ ?

  22. Col. Panek

    The Copy app works great on Linux too, and sits next to my Dropbox icon in the tray. (I think they copied a lot from Dropbox.)

    The hard part is finding where they hide the referral code. After you get it installed and verified and all that, go to their website and –> Price –> Free plan –> Bigger (link), –> 1. Invite people to use Copy using this referral form. A popup will give you the code which you can paste in an email, forum, or bulletin board at the supermarket. Mine’s https://copy.com?r=Zv8zHi
    or you can hit Ashraf’s link so he gets more room for his My Little Pony movies.

  23. Tizwoz

    Hello Ashraf,
    Thanks for this opportunity, which I have gladly taken you up on, so if anyone wants to kindly use my referral too, it’s here: https://copy.com?r=oKRZJK

    I would just point out that your last paragraph stating, “…sign up and get started with 10 GB of free storage.” is misleading – I only got the 5Gb offered.

    BTW, I love your site and the information you impart. Thanks from a long-time fan.