MultCloud is an online service that provides you with the means to manage all of your cloud hosting accounts, and to transfer data effortlessly between those accounts.
If you have access to more than one cloud drive, and chance is quite high that you do even if you don't use these storage solutions actively, then you may have noticed that it is quite difficult to manage data on all those accounts.
Cloud drive access is limited to each service, and if you want desktop access to your files, you may have installed multiple programs to ensure that.
MultCloud is an online service that brings many cloud services together in a single interface. The free version is somewhat limited but the restrictions are not that bad. Basically, transfer speed is limited, data traffic is limited to 2TB, and there are no options to schedule file transfers or use filters.
MultCloud supports more than two dozen services or options at the time of writing: Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Drive, OneDrive, Amazon S3, Box, MediaFire, OwnCloud, FTP, SugarSync, Copy, Alresco, Flickr, MySQL, HubiC, WebDav, CloudMe, Cubby and myDrive.
Depending on the selected service, they are either integrated through authorization using the service's API, or directly by entering username, password and in some cases additional information such as a hostname or IP.
The main difference between the two options is that your credentials are save if authentication is used, which is the case for most services, while they are stored by MultCloud if you are asked to enter them directly. The latter opens up a can of (security) worms and may not be worth the benefits.
Ultimately, access to your files is granted for each service you authorize regardless of how that happens.
Each service that you have added to MultCloud is listed on its own in the left sidebar afterwards. You browse folders and files from there, and may use a context menu in the file manager to manage files. Operations include uploads and downloads, deleting or renaming, previewing files, creating new folders or copying files or folders.
The copy command enables cross-service file transfers, but you can use the transfer option displayed at the top of the service as well for that.
MultCloud is an interesting service for a number of reasons. First, it enables you to manage services from a central dashboard. While there is no way to combine all data in a single listing, it makes it easy to manage files nevertheless.
Second, it allows you to transfer files between services without using your own bandwidth. Useful if you need to move Gigabytes of data from one to another, for instance from OneDrive which announced storage reductions recently to a service that you decided to migrate to. The selection of services is excellent as well.
On the downside, you either authorize access to your files to a third-party service, or even hand your login credentials to the service right away which raises both privacy and security questions.
Depending on the files stored online, you may not want to provide a third-party service with access.Advertisement
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