In my never-ending search for the ideal cloud solution, I discovered a service that offers not only a unique take on the cloud, but one that promises more security than you might need. That service is Tresorit.
Tresorit isn't a drop-in replacement for Google Drive or Dropbox, where you'll get a free account to use for your personal documents—Tresorit is only for business use. In fact, there are two plans for Tresorit: Business and Enterprise. The Business plan costs $25/per user/month. For pricing on the Enterprise level, you must contact the company.
These are the features you get for that hefty sum with the Business plan:
- 1,000 GB of storage
- Access on desktop, mobile, and browser
- Permission controls for file sharing
- Version recovery
- Password protected and encrypted sharing links
- Admin policy and user controls
- End-to-end encryption
- Swiss privacy
- Encrypted backup
- Remote mobile wipe
- Revocation of shared files
- Granular access levels
And for the Enterprise level, you can add the following features:
- Custom admin policies and controls
- Onboarding training
- Account manager and priority support
- Secure data room, digital rights management
I tried Tresorit to see if the feature set was worthy of not just your time, but your budget. Let's see how it fared.
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The desktop application
No matter how many features a cloud offers, it is only as good as the applications used to interface with the service. I have to admit...Tresorit nailed the desktop application. Not only is it easy to use, it clearly shows how much power you have at the tip of your fingers (Figure A).
Tresorit running on Ubuntu 16.04.
One feature I find invaluable is the ability to create either an empty tresor (Tresorit's name for a shared folder) or to quickly create a Tresor from a pre-existing folder on your machine. Just click the New Tresor button, select either Create An Empty Tresor or Choose A Local Folder To Sync, Click Browse (if applicable), locate the folder to be used, and click Create (Figure B).
Creating a new tresor.
Once you create a new tresor, hover your cursor over its listing in the left pane to see the actions you can take. You'll notice the tresor is not set to sync. To enable the sync, click the Sync slider, and the synchronization will begin immediately. If you click the Share button, the Share window will appear (Figure C), where you can invite members or create an encrypted link that can be sent to others.
Sharing a tresor is very simple.
When you invite new users to share a tresor, you can specify the access level that user will have. From the invite screen (Figure D), select their access level from the drop-down.
Getting granular with user permissions.
Sharing via the web interface
There's one particular feature that can be used with the web interface that should pique your interest. If you create an encrypted link for a file, you can set granular options that most cloud services don't offer.
Log into the web interface and navigate to a file. Hover over the file and click the Link button. From the popup (Figure E), you can configure that link to expire after a number of days; you can determine the number of downloads; and you can set up password protection.
Configuring a shared link with Tresorit.
This is a business-class cloud
Tresorit is certainly a business-class cloud solution that your company should test out. The combination of enterprise-level security, a best-in-class desktop application, and myriad features make Tresorit one of the best cloud solutions I've tried in a very long time.
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