The LaCie CloudBox offers the best of both online cloud-based and offline local storage set-ups. It not only houses 100GB of local external hard drive storage, but also automatically backs up whatever is stored on it to the big data party in the cloud. Your computer doesn’t even have to be on; the CloudBox will work independently, pushing your files online.
Those looking to do naughty things with your personal files will find it incredibly difficult, as LaCie have implemented multiple levels of data security. Two copies of each file are stored online, with 128-bit AES encryption applied to all files before they are uploaded.
Up to ten computers can sync with the CloudBox, giving networked access to the files stored on it locally, as well as access to the cloud-based files. PC and Mac computers are both compatible with the drive, with the CloudBox Restore Application software available on OS X and Windows, offering support for 10 backups of the drive.
Costing £179.99 (including a year’s worth of 100GB online back-up), it’s available now.