The Cloud Storage Provider that Offers 100 Gigabytes of Storage Space FREE of Charge

I have written often about the need for genealogists and most everyone else to make frequent backup copies of files that are important to them. You never know when a hardware failure, a hurricane, a fire, a burst water pipe, or other disaster will destroy what might be your only copies of genealogy records, old family photographs, and much more. Actually, I believe the most common cause of destroyed data is simple human error. “Oooops! I didn’t mean to click on that icon!”

Making frequent backups can be a simple process and doing so provides cheap insurance. Of course, you always want to keep at least one copy of your backed-up files “off site.” That means most anyplace other than the place where your computer is located. If your computer is at home, keep backup copies at the office or in a cloud-based file storage service or at a relatives’s house (located some distance away) or in a safe deposit box or most any other place where one disaster will not destroy both the computer(s) and the backed up copies.

Of course, everyone likes the idea of free services. Indeed, a number of companies even offer FREE storage of backed up files. A Swedish company with the unusual name of Degoo offers the most free storage space of all: 100 gigabytes. I am not aware of any other company that offers 100 gigabytes of FREE storage space.

I started reading reviews of a number of cloud-based file storage services to find one more such service to store my files. I especially was interested in services that offer a lot of FREE storage space. I soon found the strangely-named Degoo service that is based in Sweden. However, I immediately found that many of the reviews contradicted other reviews. Some reviews faulted the online service for not having certain capabilities while other reviews praised the same free service because it had excellent implementations of the same capabilities!

After a bit of study, the reason for the contradictions became apparent. It seems that Degoo launched a while ago with the creators’ ideas about what would make a good product. Would-be customers apparently disagreed. The original version of Degoo wasn’t very successful in the marketplace so the company’s managers started listening to feedback from the folks who did not sign up for the service. Soon, new features started appearing and old software was totally re-written. Within a few months, Degoo had morphed into a totally different product. The various reviews published online varied widely because the reviewers were looking at the product on different dates with different versions of the software in use.

In order to clear up the confusion, I decided to write this review of Degoo as I experienced the service on November 26, 2018. I will suggest you disregard any reviews written before that date. I suspect there will be even more changes, however. If you read this article at a later date, you might want to look for even more reviews written about Degoo well after December 26, 2018.

In short, I like Degoo and I signed up for the service. However, there are some drawbacks to Degoo that you should consider before using it as a backup service or file storage service.

Overview

Yes, Degoo offers 100 gigabytes of FREE storage space available to anyone and everyone immediately upon signing up for the service. You can also obtain even more storage space by inviting friends to also sign up for the service. Every friend who does accept your offer and signs up for Degoo’s free service will result in an additional 3 gigabytes of storage service being added to your account, up to a maximum of 500 gigabytes.

OPTIONAL: If you would like to obtain an additional 3 gigabytes of file storage space (for a total of 103 gigabytes) and also add 3 gigabytes to my Degoo account, click on this link and sign up for the free service: https://cloud.degoo.com/drive-q_lzgop7-jjt.

Use of the bonus sign-up link is optional; there is no requirement to sign up at https://cloud.degoo.com/drive-q_lzgop7-jjt. You may prefer to go to the normal sign-up procedure at https://cloud.degoo.com/ and sign up there. In that case, you do not get the extra 3 gigabytes of free storage space and I do not obtain a bonus of an extra 3 gigabytes of space on my account. I certainly can live without the additional space. Whether you use the bonus sign-up link or not, your cost remains the same: FREE. Your choice.

I started using Degoo as one of my backup services and it worked well. The service really is free and it does not seem to display advertising, does not inundate you with email messages suggesting you purchase extra-cost services, and generally operates like a respectable citizen of the online community.

NOTE: I would never trust only ONE backup service to always be available. Instead, I back up my important files to several cloud-based file storage services. Degoo is now one of them. I back up multiple copies of my important files to several different services because I am confident that the online services won’t ALL disappear simultaneously at the moment I need to restore some files. I prefer to keep my eggs in multiple baskets and my backed-up files in multiple services and locations.

Degoo is based in Sweden, an excellent choice for anyone interested in privacy. It seems that Sweden has very strong privacy laws that prohibit collecting personal information and using it for any purpose other than what is specified in the user agreement. I wish Facebook was based in Sweden! Then again, Facebook wouldn’t last long when constrained by Swedish privacy laws!

As if the privacy laws were not enough, files copied to Degoo’s servers also are end-to-end encrypted for your security. Even better is the “top secret” option intended for files that you might wish to use even more security. According to the Degoo web site at https://degoo.com/features, “Our top secret feature encrypts your files with a passphrase known only by you, not stored in Degoo, encoded into chunks and spread out to data centers in different countries.” If the passphrase is known only by you, not stored in Degoo, you will be the only person who can ever decode your files.

Of course, this is a two-edge sword. If Degoo’s top secret feature encrypts your files with a passphrase known only by you amd not stored in Degoo, that means that not only can no one else ever see your files but also that no one else can ever help you retrieve your files should you ever forget the passphrase. If you forget the passphrase, your files will be lost forever. Don’t call Degoo customer service to ask for help in recovering the passphrase you created as the Degoo employees cannot see it! (Remember that the statement is, “…not stored in Degoo…”)

The secret passphrase will only be stored in your (human) memory or in any place where you write it down! I’d suggest you write it down and save it in a secure place.

If a corporate spy, government spy, or a credit card hacker does manage to obtain a copy of one of your encrypted file chunks (which is highly unlikely), he or she will be unable to read anything within the file. First of all, he or she will only have part of the file, not the entire thing. Next, the contents of the encrypted file chunk will look something like this:

imr5DkD4%jne#moYYL;@

Yes, it will be total gibberish until your computer decodes it when you retrieve the file(s).

Thanks to the the file encryption and “chunking” of each file into smaller pieces and saving each piece in different locations, Degoo is one of the few online file storage services that I trust to store my passwords, income tax records, Social Security Number, and other sensitive information.

Degoo also has an option to keep copies of all files even after you have deleted them from your computer. Deleting a file from your computer does not automatically delete the copy of the same file from Degoo’s servers although you can enable an option to do that, should you wish to do so.

The Degoo software is available for Windows, Macintosh, Android, and Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) devices. On the smartphones, there is an option to enable auto upload of your photo folders to ensure the pictures from your latest adventures are always securely stored in Degoo.

There is no Degoo software for a Chromebook, however. Then again, Chromebooks already store all their files in a different encrypted cloud-based file storage service so the Chromebook owner probably has little need for Degoo’s services.

One thing to keep in mind is that copying many gigabytes of files over the typical in-home broadband Internet connection will require a long time. The exact amount of time required depends upon both the upload speed of your Internet connection (not the download speed!) and the amount of data to be uploaded. Backing up 100 gigabytes on most in-home Internet connections will require many hours, possibly days. That is not the only problem, however.

Should you ever lose all your files in your computer, downloading 100 gigabytes of files also will require a lot of time. Many Internet services provide faster download speeds than upload speeds but, even so, hours and possibly days may be required to download everything. Again, this is a limitation of all file storage and file backup services, not just Degoo.

Some online backup services will optionally copy all your files to a flash drive or to a portable hard drive and then send them to you via overnight air freight. For once, a FedEx truck can be faster than the Internet! However, the sending of files to you in a flash drive or a hard drive service usually isn’t cheap and not many consumer file storage services offer such a service. Degoo does not offer any such restores via flash drives or hard drives.

NOTE: BackBlaze is one of the few file storage services that DOES offer restores via flashdrives and hard drives. Details may be found at: https://www.backblaze.com/.

Degoo does not copy files between computers in the same manner as Dropbox and some other file storage products. That is, if you own two or more computers (perhaps a desktop and a laptop system), Degoo does not automatically copy files between the computers.

Degoo is available in two versions: FREE and PAID.

Drawbacks of the FREE Degoo Service

First of all, with Degoo’s free file storage service will only copy files from one computer and only once every two days. For many computer owners, that’s often enough. Should you wish to store files from multiple computers or to make more frequent backup copies, you need to upgrade to the paid service.

Next, Degoo’s free users need to log in to the file storage service at least once every 75 days or risk losing their account. The folks at Degoo apparently don’t want to waste file space by storing files for people who have lost interest in the service or possibly may have become disabled or even deceased. As a means of making sure the customer is still alive, active, and interested in keeping backed up files available online, Degoo requires each free customer to log in manually at least once every 75 days.

Simply logging in and then logging out will keep your account active for another 75 days.

Another drawback of Degoo’s free service is that the entire product is still new and is being updated and improved frequently. After signing up for the service, you should keep an eye on Degoo’s latest announcements to make sure you have always selected the best options for your use.

Advantages of the PAID Degoo Service

While Degoo does offer the most file storage space of all of today’s cloud-based free file storage services, the free offering appears to simply be a “free trial” of the company’s paid service. Indeed, that strikes me as a very effective form of advertising. There is no requirement to ever upgrade. Each customer is able to use the free service forever, assuming he or she logs in at least once every 75 days. I suspect that many free customers will never see any need to upgrade. However, for those who have an interest, the Degoo paid service is also very attractive.

The paid service costs $9.99 US per month. By paying for one year, 5 years, or even 100 years (!) in advance, significant discounts are available. I am not sure how many people will pay $1,199 for a 100-year subscription. Still, that’s roughly $1 per month, an attractive price if you plan to live for many more years. Even if you plan to live for less than 100 more years, divide $1,199 by your expected lifespan to determine what the Degoo service will cost for your expected lifetime if you select the 100-year option.

Each paid customer obtains:

2 terabytes (2,000 gigabytes) of cloud storage space – That’s 20 times the storage space of the free version. 2 terabytes is undoubtedly more than enough storage space for most individuals to back up not only their desktop computer but also a laptop, multiple Android or Apple iOS tablets and smartphones, and more.

Paid users may refer other users to obtain an additional terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) for each referral that results in another person signing up for the paid service.

An unlimited number of computers may store files on Degoo’s paid service – The limitation is on the total size of all the files stored, not on the number of computers. For instance, if the user owns ten or more computers, he or she can back up all of them to Degoo’s paid service as long as the total size of all files does not exceed 2 terabytes or the maximum file storage space earned by referring friends to the service.

The 75-day sign-in restriction is removed. Files stored in Degoo’s paid service will remain available for as long as payments are kept current.

Also, the first two weeks of Degoo’s paid service are offered free of change. If you change your mind and decide you do not want to use Degoo’s paid service, simply cancel within the first two weeks and you will not be charged anything.

Summation

Is Degoo the best cloud-based file storage service? A slightly different question asks if Degoo is the best FREE cloud-based file storage service. I cannot find a simple yes or no answer to either question. Instead, it all depends upon your needs and preferences. However, for many computer users who need to back up 100 gigabytes or less of data, Degoo’s FREE service perhaps is the best choice. Your needs and preferences might dictate a different answer, however.

For more information or to sign up for Degoo’s free or paid services, go to https://degoo.com.

If you would like to take advantage of my referral to obtain a total of 103 gigabytes of file storage space while simultaneously crediting me with an extra 3 gigabytes of storage space in my account, go to https://cloud.degoo.com/drive-q_lzgop7-jjt and sign up there. Again, obtaining the extra file storage space for both you and me is entirely optional. Please select the option you prefer.

UPDATE: After reading comments posted by several newsletter readers, I went back to https://degoo.com today and signed up for a new account by using a different email address I have. In short, I had no trouble.
I was not asked to supply any email addresses of my friends or anyone else.
I immediately received 100 gigabytes of free backup space.
I verified that at: https://degoo.com/me
I never entered any email address other than my own.

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Hi Dick, HAPPY 2019!!!
I like very much your review and immediately clicked on the link to open my account getting both of us +3GB, what was not clear (at least to me) is that upload of files can ONLY be done via software or from mobile, meaning there is no browser upload -or at least I didn’t find it so far.

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    —> what was not clear (at least to me) is that upload of files can ONLY be done via software or from mobile,

    Not true. Uploading files in a web browser is an option but is not required. There are apps for Windows, Macintosh, Android, and Apple iOS. I use the Macintosh version.

    See https://degoo.com/downloadchooser for more information.

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Things do move fast in the IT world Dick. Your link to create a new account does not do this any more – instead, it now asks me to refer ten friends BEFORE I can create my own account for a Windows laptop. I find this very odd – I am expected to recommend a service to my friends before I can even try it myself?

A cynic could easily think this is a good way to harvest email addresses.

And it sounded so good too.

John

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I’ve been using Degoo since last February. I got a lifetime 1 Tb of online storage and 1Tb of offline storage, back then for $49.99. It’s been running since then, with no problems.

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So what choices are there for cloud storage if one has limited internet? I get 10G per MONTH at a ridiculously low “high speed”, then I drop down to speeds barely above dial-up. If I were to store my data anywhere in the cloud, I’d use up my 10G within a day or two, then would spend the rest of the month limping through reading emails.

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    —> So what choices are there for cloud storage if one has limited internet?

    With a slower Internet connection, you can forget about storing backup data in the cloud or in any other place that connects via the Internet. However, there are many other methods of making sure your critican files are protected.

    If I had a slow Internet connection, I would purchase an external disk drive (or two or three) and make copies of everything important to that drive. I would then take that drive to another location some distance away where it would be safe from disasters in my home (fire, flooding, burst water pipe, and such things). Every few days I would bring that drive back home, new backups, and then move the drive back to a safe location.

    Moving the drive between home and office is one solution.

    The system I like better is to have TWO external hard drives. Keep one at home and one at the office or other secure location. Then daily or weekly make a new backup on the external drive at home, then take it to the second location for storage and bring the second disk drive back home. Repeat that cycle every day or perhaps every week.

    A few years ago, one of my business customers had FIVE external disk drives and labelled then as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and so on. His office manager stored the drives at her home. On Mondays, she took the Monday drive to the office. At the end of the day on Monday, she made a backup copy of all the critical files and then took the Monday drive home with her. On Tuesdays, she did the same thing but took the Tuesday drive to the office. And so on…

    The critical things are to (1.) Make frequent backup copies and (2.) store the backup copies in a location where they are not at risk from a disaster in the same location where the computer(s) is kept.

    I like automated online backups saved in secure cloud services simply because it is easy to do and because most backup programs will make backup copies for you every hour or every day or on some similar schedule automatically. However, there are numerous other ways of moving backup data to a secure “off site” location.

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this worked fine; I have to assume you got the extra 3g.

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Happy New Year Dick, and thanks for this recommendation. However, the instructions (or lack of) are appalling: It says to go to the My Files tab, but there isn’t one. And when I go to Send Files it just tells me to Download the app – which I’ve already done! I’m now feeling bad because I’ve invited ten friends to join what seems to be a very confusing site.

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Re Degoo
I started to register but the site requires the email addresses of 10 friends before I can download the free programme. (I live in the UK) This is not how you described it.

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    —> This is not how you described it.

    When I registered last week, I didn’t supply the email address of anyone else. Only my own. I don’t remember even being asked for other email addresses.

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I just tried to sign up for the free version and they said I had to invite 10 friends before I could proceed. I don’t have 10 friends to invite. So I guess I can’t use this service—the free version. Too bad.

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So far four of us have fallen at the “10 friends” hurdle. Only seven more and we each have 10 friends to invite. So how about we publish our email addresses here and once there are eleven addresses, it should be full steam ahead …

Any objections to that idea Dick? Does the forum software allow publication of an email address in a message? Should we disguise the addresses, say using (at)?

John

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    —> Does the forum software allow publication of an email address in a message?

    There is no official policy although I admit that makes me a bit uneasy. Publishing an email address in any public place means the spammers’ automated address harvesting software will collect that address sooner or later and then start sending spam mail to it. Of course, that’s not a huge issue these days since there is so much spam anyway. (My email provider blocks most of it but not all email providers do the same.)

    In short, if the person understands the risks and consequences, it is OK by me. However, I would always use an (at) sign or some similar method of discouraging spam address harvesters.

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Thanks Dick.
Here’s the first address: johngrah(at)ozemail.com.au
John

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UPDATE: After reading comments posted by several newsletter readers, I went back to https://degoo.com today and signed up for a new account by using a different email address I have. In short, I had no trouble.

I was not asked to supply any email addresses of my friends or anyone else.

I immediately received 100 gigabytes of free backup space.

I verified that a few seconds after creating the new account at: https://degoo.com/me

I never entered any email address other than my own.

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    You must be special, Dick. I encountered the 10 friends qualification, too, this morning and became suspicious. It is a kind of pyramid scheme for marketing and terms can be changed whenever, viz the comment from somebody who got lifetime for $50 a few months ago vs the $1200 now. Also mentioned in the terms is some form of user processor sharing in a peer-peer network – don’t know what that means.

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Maybe there is a geographic filter – US accounts need not invite 10 friends, others do??? Here’s the page you come to no matter where you try on the site to download the app: https://degoo.com/downloadnotallowed . And nowhere do I find anything about using a web browser for upload/download but maybe that is a privilege allowed only after the account has been activated. Sure, it says I have 103GB but I cannot get at it without inviting 10 people and then installing the app. Now that was on Windows and Chrome Browser…

So I went to my Android phone and installed the Degoo app there. Watched some sponsored videos on it and ‘earned’ another 3GB. Uploaded a couple of files. Back to Windows and account confirmed I had gained the 3GB (now 106GB) and the status of steps now shows that I have done the Install step. Moreover, the Download link no longer stops at the Invite 10 friends barrier and I was able to d/l and install the Degoo app for Windows and can see the files I uploaded from the phone.

Conclusion: you can get around the Invite 10 friends barrier for Windows installation of the Degoo app by installing the Android app on your phone and logging into the account you created via the Windows Internet browser. I don’t know anything about the processes for MacOS and iOS.

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I’ll ask my question here, since I’m not finding it on the Degoo site.

Is this service solely an automated backup service, or is there an option to be able to pick & choose which files to upload/save, like Dropbox?

I already have Carbonite installed and doing backups on my computer. So I was wondering if I could just sign up for an account, then just upload the files that I want to save?

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    —> Is this service solely an automated backup service, or is there an option to be able to pick & choose which files to upload/save, like Dropbox?

    You can specify which folders (subdirectories) you wish to have backed up. There is no need to back up everything.

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I am in the UK and signed up. I too got the invite 10 friends sign on the page which I ignored and by clicking on my email address (top right) and then backup space it (https://degoo.com/me/backup) it shows I have 103GB. I used the original link Dick supplied and I assume that Dick’s account gained extra space. I am going to use it to upload and backup one file as a test and see how it pans out. That said, I already have suitable backups and cloud storage.

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