SugarSync is a good online storage option for those that need to ensure that all of their files are backed up and secure. In this article we will discuss what SugarSync is, and how you can use it.
Go to the official website and choose the type of account you want to create. If you sync multimedia material, given the amount of disk space required by audio and video files, most likely you will want to opt for a premium account. Here are some options available:
- 30 Gbytes for $5 per month or $50 per year
- 60 Gbytes for $9 per month or $90 per year
- 100 Gbytes for $13 per month or $130 per year
- 250 Gbytes for $20 per month or $200 per year.
Take Advantage of the Free Trial Period
All of the options that we just discussed, offer you the chance to evaluate them for free for a period of 30 days. This is nice because it helps you to make a decision as to whether or not there will be sufficient space, or if the program works for you.
Choosing the Right Plan
However, if you usually work with documents generated by office applications, low-resolution images and low weight files, the service also offers the ability to register a free account for 2 Gbytes, which possibly may be enough to meet your needs. To complete the registration service, you must choose a username, a password and enter your email address.
Installing the Software
After confirming the accuracy of your e-mail by clicking on the link in the message, you will have to download and install the SugarSync Manager. At present, the software is available for Windows and Mac OS X. Throughout the installation process, select the language, accept the license agreement and select the destination folder.
Using Your Log In Information
In the last step of the wizard, be sure to close the Windows file manager or press OK to let the software do it for you. When you start the application for the first time, enter the email address and password you chose when you registered and click OK.
Tag Your Computer
The next step is to tag your computer by typing a description of it and assigning an image that will make it easy to identify. Once that is done, click Next. At this point, you have to choose between the Quick or the Advanced settings. The Quick settings guide you in adding folders that users most commonly use (Desktop, My Pictures, My Music, etc.).
Using the Advanced Settings
Since the Advanced settings are more flexible, they allow you to determine which directories will be included, which is usually a more practical result. Choose it and in the window that opens, click the Add Folder button to add the computer directories you want to sync.
Adding Content Into the SugarSync Program
The contents thereof will be uploaded to your SugarSync account and will be available for download on other computers and devices that been have installed in the application. Details and link information displayed next to it allows you to be aware of the space you are using and what remains free with your SugarSync account.
Manage Your Files
While the contents of the selected folders are stored in your account, you can use the File Browser with SugarSync to manage your files. Its interface lets you drag from its original location inside your folders using a feature that is virtually identical to the Windows File Manager.
Using the Context Menu
Use the context menu that appears when you click on any of your files or folders to copy, cut, paste, rename, and so on. You will also be given the option to upload new files or folders to your account and save remote folders on the computer you’re working with through the Export / Save As command.
Moreover, you can share the directories you see fit by selecting them with the mouse and clicking on the Share Folder. Your default web browser will open allowing you to send an e-mail with a link to your contacts.
Type in your email address in the box provided for this purpose. If you do not remember it and have an account with a service such as Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail, click on the appropriate links and, after entering your login details, you can import them directly.
Choose Sharing Privileges
Write them a message and decide whether to enjoy reading privileges only or, on the contrary, to be authorized to modify shared files and add new files. The link will be sent to your contacts and it includes a long string of digits. In principle, this guarantees your privacy but can strengthen the security of shipping by enabling a password. Finally, click on the Send button.