SpiderOak secure cloud storage
Free with 2 gigabytes of storage; 100 gigabytes for $100 per year at spideroak.com
Pros: Encrypted storage promises absolute privacy; reasonably priced; accessible through iOS and Android devices and personal computers.
Cons: Desktop interface is poorly designed and hard to use.
Pros: Privacy oriented search site stores no information about users; routes searches through proxy computers to conceal users’ location; based in the Netherlands, so not subject to US court orders; delivers high-quality results generated by Google.
Cons: Lack of personalization means less accurate searches than standard Google site.
Pros: Stores no information about users; displays search results from multiple services, including Bing.com, WolframAlpha, and its own search engine.
Cons: Based in United States, so it could be compelled to assist in federal surveillance efforts.
Hushmail encrypted e-mail service
Free subscription includes 25 megabytes of storage; $49.98 per year subscription includes 10 gigabytes of storage, at hushmail.com.
Pros: Canada-based e-mail service offers easy-to-use encryption of all messages; encrypted messages can be sent to nonsubscribers.
Cons: Free edition has limited storage capacity; account is canceled if not used regularly.
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