pCloud

The pCloud Encrypted Transfer – a Safer Option for Your Photos

As promised, we will now pay attention to the encrypted version of the pCloud file transfer service. Besides being fully secured, its best part is that it is completely free. To use the service, neither you, nor your recipients need to be registered to the pCloud platform. When you first open https://transfer.pcloud.com/, you are presented with the non encrypted transfer version, and you need to choose the Encrypted Transfer tab.

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As it is in the non-encrypted version, you can send multiple files (up to 5GB total) with up to 200 MB for a single file to up to ten users at once.

When you open the pCloud transfer page, add the files you intend to send using the + Add Your Files section on the screen. Then enter your friends’ email addresses in the Friend’s Email field. When you enter an address, simply click Enter on your keyboard and the email will be added to the list on top of the field. Alternatively, you can click the + Add more friends option to enter other email addresses. After that, enter your email in the Your Email section, below the other users’ emails. This email address will appear as a sender of your files. Below it, you need to enter a password, using which your friends will be able to decrypt your files, once they receive them. You need to provide this password to them using a different media, like an instant messenger or the phone, or maybe over a cup of coffee. When you are done with entering the password, you can enter a message to your friends, explaining details about the files you are sending.

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When you are ready with all of the aforementioned steps, click the Transfer button at the bottom of the screen. At this point you will be presented with the progress of encryption. When the process is complete, you will get a screen notification that your files have been transferred. Your friends will receive an email, notifying them about the file transfer you are performing.

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In this email they get a download button from where they can download the files, and an expiry date for them. When the recipient clicks on the Download button, they need to enter your password, in order to decrypt the files and download them.

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By receiving an email notification for receiving the files, you can be sure that the transfer has been successful.

Safely Share your Files via the pCloud Transfer

You are probably already familiar with the pCloud platform, but it has something new to offer its users. This is the pCloud Transfer. To use the service, neither you, nor your recipients need to be registered for the pCloud service. The pCloud Transfer is a completely free and no-registration platform for transferring files. This is a very usable service for photo collectors and photographers. Let’s say you photograph a wedding. You can instantly send a large number of photos to your clients and be completely sure the transfer is fast and secure. Or you can send a collection of photos from your child’s birthday to your guests.

When you open the website you get the following start screen.

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Through this new service you can send multiple files (up to 5GB in size) without single file size limits to up to ten users at once. However, if you register to the pCloud service, you will be able to send files with unlimited size, as long as your quota allows.

Once on the pCloud transfer page, add the files you want to send using the + Add Your Files section on the screen. Then enter your friends’ email addresses in the Friend’s Email field. When you enter an address, simply click Enter on your keyboard and the email will be added to the list on top of the field. Alternatively, you can click the + Add more friends option to enter other email addresses. After that, enter your email in the Your Email field, below the other users’ emails. This email address will appear as a sender of your files. You also have the option to enter a message to your friends, which they will receive along with your files.

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When you are ready with all of the steps, click the Transfer button at the bottom of the screen. As you can see, your files are encrypted before sending, which makes the transfer highly secure. When the process is complete, you will get a notification that your files have been transferred. Your friends will receive an email, notifying them about the file transfer you are performing.

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In this email they get a list of the files they can download and an expiry date. When the recipient clicks the Download button, your files start downloading on their computer.

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You will get a notification that your friends have received the files. This way you can be sure that the transfer has been successful.

Also, through this platform pCloud offers an encrypted file transfer option, and we promise to explain how it works in another article. So, stay tuned!

Your Photos in pCloud

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pCloud is a fast developing cloud storage service, which provides you with all of the functionalities the most commonly used cloud platforms support. pCloud is a secure space where you can store all of your audios, photos, videos, etc. and any other valuable digital belongings. By giving you 10 GB storage space upon registration, and up to 10 GB bonus free storage upon performing some steps, such as backing up your photos in Facebook, Picassa or Instagram; inviting your friends; or subscribing to newsletter, you can have enough space to store your valuable pictures that you take with your phone.

If you are an iDevice user, you need to download the application from Apple Store and install it on your phone. After installing it, you can easily upload and store your photos on the online cloud platform of pCloud. You can automatically upload your shots and backup them on the web application by performing the following steps:
– Go to the Main Screen of the application
– Select Settings → Automatic Upload → turn it ON

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This way you get all your photos uploaded to your pCloud account, in the Automatic Upload folder. From this folder you can easily share your photos with other users through generating a download link, or you can share the entire folder with your colleagues and friends.

To upload a particular photo from your phone to pCloud’s web application, you need to perform the following:
Go to the respective folder you like to upload a picture in, select the Upload Files button at the bottom left of your screen. The application makes you select the source you will upload a picture from – Camera or Library.

 

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To share a picture from your pCloud application you simply have to:
– Go to My Pictures screen
– Select Edit → Send a File → Send → Send Download Link and choose the way to send the link through – via Email, SMS, Facebook, etc.

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If you are an Android user, first download the pCloud application from Google Play and install it on your device. In order to turn the Automatic Upload function on, go to the main screen of your application and choose the Settings menu. There you will find the Automatic Upload function. Turn it On.

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If you want to upload a file to the pCloud application, choose Add → Upload File → Upload Image / Upload Other Files / Import Files / Take a Picture.

If you decide to share a photo from your device, simply select the plus sign to the right of your file and choose the Send Link option. A menu appears, providing you with the available options through which you can share the generated link, like Facebook, email, Skype, etc. depending on the applications you have installed on your mobile device.

As you see, storing and sharing photos using pCloud is a piece of cake on any mobile device. It is all a matter of a few really easy and intuitive moves. Essentially, pCloud will perfectly fit your needs for storing the pictures you make with your phone.

If you are a professional photographer and you upload your photos from your computer, pCloud may also be very suitable for you, because it provides you with enough free space (up to 20 GB) where you can store large collections of professional quality photos. If, however, this is not enough for you, you can always upgrade to a paid version. pCloud offers 100GB, 300GB or 1TB online storage plans for any types of documents and files.