[Windows] Backup your files with hubiC, up to 25GB of free storage space [Mac OS X]

hubiC for desktopThere are many ways to keep a secure backup of your computer files. If you prefer the traditional method then you can keep a copy of your important data in your external hard drive. You can also make use of those high-capacity USB flash drives. Even so, there’s no guarantee that your files will be safe for a long period of time. Apart from this, you need to store your external hard disk and USB sticks in a very secure area so that it cannot be easily accessed by anyone. On the other hand, there are also those who would rather store their data in the cloud. This method is very convenient since you can access your files anywhere and anytime. Speaking of which, hubiC is a cross-platform online storage service that offers up to 25GB of free storage.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

As I’ve mentioned above, hubiC is a type of cross-platform online (cloud) storage service. So if you have a hubiC account, you can access your files on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. It also has a web application. However, in this review, we will be reviewing the features of its desktop Windows application.

Before you can access your online storage, the first thing that you need to do is to create a free account. If you have already done this, simply log in to the desktop application using your account username and password. After which, the system will process your log-in request and if the information that you’ve given were valid, you will be redirected to your hubiC folder. This folder is a separate folder wherein you’re supposed to store and archive your files. All of the files that you will store in this folder will be automatically stored in the cloud. That’s not all. You can also share your files to others via direct link. To do this, right-click on the file that you want to share then click hubiC > Publish from the drop-down menu. Once the file or folder is published, right-click on the file again then click hubic > Copy publication link.

Pros

  • Simple and user-friendly interface
  • Offers 25GB of free online storage
  • Cross platform – lets you access your online storage using your PC, laptop, Mac, tablet and smartphone
  • Automatic File Sync – all of the changes that you’ve made to your hubiC folder will be automatically synced across multiple platforms
  • Fast and secure file transfers – uses SSL protocol to secure your data transfers
  • Data security and accessibility – your data will be stored in three different servers so if ever one of the servers becomes unavailable, the rest will take over
  • Can store all types of files of different formats such as .txt, .doc, .pdf, .avi, .mov and a whole lot more

Cons

  • There are times when the files don’t sync properly so you need to manually update the files
  • The publication link for sharing folders doesn’t work – You won’t be able to view the contents of your published folder. The link will just show a blank page.
  • You cannot preview the files that you’ve stored on your hubiC account (except for the photos)
  • Doesn’t support two-factor authentication

Discussion

hubiC desktop applicationWhat I like about hubiC is that it offers 25GB of free storage. As a free Dropbox user, the most I could get is only 3GB since I’m not actively searching for referrals. Thus, it’s great to know that there’s another free online storage service that has enough storage space for large files. This feature alone is enough to tempt you to try this free storage service. After all, all you need to do is to create a user account.

Aside from this, this free online storage also supports automatic file syncing so there’s no need for you to frequently update your files just so they would match the ones that you’ve stored on a different computer. This is quite a hassle especially if you are constantly switching from one device to another. Just imagine how long it would take to sync and update a batch of files.

It’s also good to know that hubiC supports almost all types of files. This means that you can store whatever you want for as long as it is within your storage limit. You can store Word documents, text files, photos, PowerPoint presentations, videos, mp3 files, e-books, PDF documents and a whole lot more.

Undoubtedly, this online storage platform has lots of good features but that doesn’t mean that it is already free of glitches. As a matter of fact, it seems that it cannot properly sync its files so you might encounter some problems especially if you’re trying to access your files on different platforms. Aside from this, the folder publication link doesn’t work. The link will only show a blank page so there’s no way that you could see the content that is supposed to be available for viewing and download. It’s also a bit disappointing to know that this service can’t preview files such as e-books and PDFs.

As a wrap, I wouldn’t say that hubiC has done a very good job in rendering its service to its users but it also didn’t do a very bad job. Right now, I could say that this service still needs to improve a lot in many aspects but it’s still very useful in a sense that it has a large storage space that you could use for archiving your dormant files.

Conclusion and Download Link

Functionality wise, I wouldn’t suggest that you use hubiC for creating a backup of your current and actively used files. It still has a lot of things that it needs to improve and correct when compared to the competition, like Dropbox. However, if you’re just looking for a feasible option for archiving your old and dormant files, an option that gives you lots of free space, you can use hubiC instead of buying a brand new portable hard disk or USB flash drive.

Price: Free up to 25GB, upgrade to 100GB fir €12.99/year

Version reviewed: 1.1.12.128

Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and Mac OS X

Download size: 5.7MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/48

Is it portable? No

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  2. sgrams

    I just signed up with hubiC and it seems to work quite well and easy to upload, one thing I really like is even with the free account there is no file size limit which is nice. However, am I correct that stored files cannot be viewed online only downloaded and then viewed?

  3. Ed

    [@Mikerman] Exactly Mikerman, thanks for that one. Another point is redundancy, never upload anything to a cloud service that you cannot afford to lose unless you have it backed up on multiple services or removable media cause like Mikerman pointed out you never know if that new cloud service you signed up with is going to be around tomorrow. Cloud services these days are a dime a dozen, personally, I don’t fool with any service that offers less than 25 GB storage. That tells me that if they can offer that much space for free along with paid accounts then they probably have some money and time invested into it so it should be around for a while.

  4. Mikerman

    [@Ed] Excellent suggestions, Ed. I would add: only use well-established services for cloud storage (or be prepared with back-up plans)–do you know if the company will be around next month, and your data with it?

  5. Ed

    One can never have too little online storage, by now I probably have a few Terabytes spread around the web and I thank you for this one.

    Tips for new online storage (cloud) users.

    1. Make sure you read the agreement, most cloud storage services will delete your account if it sits dormant (without you logging in) at least once every 90 days or so. Everyone is different so make sure you read before you sign! I make a habit of signing into all of mine at least once every few weeks whether I am transferring files or not.

    2. ENCRYPT your files before uploading! or at the very least .rar or .zip them up with a STRONG password. Anything and everything you upload to the cloud is ultimately viewable by anyone, anywhere. My private and most important files get encrypted with AES and has a mixed character / number / punctuation password of no less than 52 characters, in the event that my account is ever compromised the files will never be.

    3. Make sure your account passwords are strong! all the better cloud services provide password rankings when you sign up, you want a password that ranks anywhere from “good” to “Excellent”. The better the password the less chance you have of the account getting hacked by anyone. I make a habit of using no less than a 15 mixed character/number/punctuation password for cloud services.

  6. normofthenorth

    I am “just looking for a feasible option for archiving your old and dormant files, an option that gives you lots of free space”. But if I have to keep all those old and dormant file on my laptop in a folder that’s linked to DropBox or HubiC, how and when do I save any space?? My desire to archive is a desire to get old dormant files off my laptop’s SSD.
    I’m scratching my head trying to work out ways to put the linked folder on an external HDD — and letting it sync for an hour? Is that the best way?