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Free Online Storage And Backups With Wuala

Updated on June 2, 2011

What is Wuala?

 Wuala is a program that allows you to securely store data online. In addition to just storing files online, you can set up automatic backups of your computer or synchronize folders between multiple computers. Wuala is free to download and use. You have the option of paying for a set amount of storage, but with the proper setup you can receive quite a bit of storage for free.

How Does It Work?

 For those of you who are new to the concept of cloud storage (storing files on the Internet,) I'll explain briefly how it works. Basically, the files you store or backup will be sent to other computers that are also running Wuala. Your files are encrypted, split up, and sent to other computers for redundancy. If you lose data on your computer, you can simply download the files and you'll be back in business.

A lot of online storage companies charge for storage. In these cases, your data is backed up and stored on that company's servers. With Wuala, however, the files are stored on other Wuala users' computers. To use the service you trade local hard drive space for online storage. For example, I can choose to trade 5 GB of my hard drive. In this case, I receive 5 GB of online storage to use and Wuala will use up to 5 GB of my local hard drive to store files for other users.

Setting It Up

 Once you install Wuala and register an account it's time to set up the software. Under General Options, you can choose to mount your online storage space as a drive in windows. This adds another drive letter under My Computer, and you can drag and drop folders there to store them online easily. There's also an option to start Wuala automatically when your computer starts, which is also important. Your storage capacity is dependant on your computer's uptime, so keeping Wuala running is important. It runs in the background, so it isn't too taxing on the computer's resources.

Wuala's General Settings
Wuala's General Settings

 From here, we can move on to the Trade Storage tab under Options. You can increase the amount of space you're willing to trade within this window, which will increase the amount of online storage you have. The amount of storage you receive is dependant on your computer's uptime. If you trade 10 GB of disk space and your computers uptime is only 50%, you will receive 5 GB (10 * 50%) of online storage. When your computer reaches 100% uptime, you will have 10 GB of online storage. Your storage will automatically increase as your uptime increases, so you don't have to worry about adjusting it manually.

Wuala's Trade Storage Options
Wuala's Trade Storage Options


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    • vashal profile image

      vashal 7 years ago

      Thanks for the question!

      When a file is stored, it is encrypted with its own unique key. This applies to the files you store as well as the files other users store on your computer. After the file is encrypted, it requires the encryption key (which is stored on Wuala's servers) and the user's password (stored only on their computer) to access the file again. So the files stored on your computer are basically just meaningless data as far as your computer is concerned...your computer is completely unable to actually open those files. Since your computer can't read the files, it can't be harmed by them (in the case of a virus-infected file, for example.)

      I hope that helps clear it up!

    • Neale profile image

      Neale 7 years ago

      How can I be sure that the files that are been saved on my computer are safe legal ect?