Cubby Pro announced

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 18, 2012
Updated • Dec 19, 2012

I have three favorite file hosting and syncing services right now. There is Dropbox, the service that I have been using for the longest, Microsoft's SkyDrive which I have also used for years, and Cubby, a service that was in private and then public beta for some time and is now about to go out of beta. You can read about my initial review of Cubby here and much what I have written back there is still true today. Since I do not want to paraphrase the whole article again, I'd like to mention just the best bits about Cubby that set the service apart from many comparable services.

When you sign up for a free Cubby account you get 5 Gigabyte of storage. That's better than Dropbox's 2 Gigabyte, but not as good as SkyDrive's 7 Gigabyte that new users get. It is somewhere in between and definitely a good start. Cubby just like Dropbox uses a referral system that you can make use of to increase your storage for free to up to 25 Gigabyte in total.

What sets Cubby apart on the client PC side of things is that it can sync any folder you want with the cloud. That's right, you are not limited to syncing files in a root folder which both Dropbox and SkyDrive limit you to. Even better, the service supports client to client syncing that bypasses the cloud entirely. This means that you can easily sync the 500 Gigabyte backup that you have with a backup server in your local network using Cubby. Sure, you can also use other means for that but if you are using Cubby anyway, why not use it for that as well.

LogMeIn, the company behind Cubby, is about to move the service out of beta. This brings along a couple of changes that I'd like to make you aware of. First of all, the free Cubby account remains free and you will keep the 5 Gigabyte of space and the extra space that you got during the beta. Free users get the same client-side encryption with AES 256-bit keys, access to desktop and mobile apps, unlimited versioning and private and public sharing.

There are however a couple of features that LogMeIn makes only available to Cubby Pro accounts. This includes DirectSync, the peer to peer syncing that I mentioned earlier, the newly introduced Cubby Locks which protects files with extra encryption. You basically protect them with a new password so that only users with the password can access them. Last but not least, pro users also get access to Level 2 support and unified account management and billing options.

How much does it cost? Cubby Pro will be available tfor $6.99 which not only gets you all the features mentioned, but also 100 Gigabyte of storage instead of the 5 Gigabyte that free account owners get.

LogMeIn is offering discounts right now. If you pay annually, you only have to pay $3.99 per month instead of the $6.99. How does that compare to Dropbox and SkyDrive? A Dropbox Pro account with 100 Gigabyte of space is available for $99 annually, which is more than double what Cubby's introductory offer costs. Even if you would pay full price, you would save $1.26 if you sign up for Cubby instead of Dropbox. 100 Gigabyte of extra SkyDrive space is available for $50 a year or $4.16 per month. Cubby beats that currently with the introductory offer, but not if prices go back to the $6.99 per month. How about Google drive to complete the list? 100 Gigabyte at Google costs you $4.99 per month. As it stands, Cubby's introductory offer is the cheapest of the bunch.

Exciting Cubby users will probably have the biggest issues with Directsync becoming a Pro service option only. Other than that I can't really see a lot of complaints in regards to the introduction of the Pro service.

Have you tried Cubby yet? If so, what is your opinion of the service?


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL:

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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