Minus Review

Introduction
Minus is an excellent collaboration tool for anyone who loves to share all types of media. People can follow a particular user, see when new files have been added and have access to that file right away. Minus seems to have combined the features of Dropbox, Flickr and Google apps, and put them together in one place.

Features of Minus

Minus truly operates in the cloud. You can upload or transfer files with any browser, such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Safari. All you do is drag the file you want to upload and drop it into the dotted box, and your file is automatically uploaded.

Pros:

10 GB Absolutely Free for Life

  • Upload files up to 2 GB in size.
  • Unlimited downloads and transfers.
  • Publish and share files and folders in your profile.
  • Follow friends and family to see what they have to share.
  • Use the Dashboard to manage files and folders.
  • Find public folders other users want to share – even if you don’t know the person sharing the file.

Minus doesn’t have any paid plans, the service is completely free. You can start uploading and sharing files right away, without registering.

When you don’t register, you use the service as a guest. This means that you can access your files using an assigned web address, and your files are deleted after 30 days. This handy feature lets you try the service without giving out any personal information about yourself, not even your email address. When you do register, you still don’t have to give any personal information, but the company will track your IP address. This is to deter users from uploading illegal or distasteful material.

The company is very flexible as to what types of materials can be uploaded and shared, however everything must comply with local and international laws. The site is designed to be family friendly, therefore the media allowed must be suitable for all audiences.

Snap Shot

Minus has a unique desktop client that lets you snap a shot from a selection on your desktop, create an image, and save the image automatically to your account.

File Viewing

With Minus, you can view images, play MPEG files, preview PDF files and read text online. They are currently working on an application to read formatted Microsoft documents, as well.

Security

You have the choice of storing your files as “public” or “private.” Public files, obviously, are available to anyone. Private files can only be viewed by permission. These are encrypted using Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) and EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud). However, Minus doesn’t make any claims that data is secure or safe during transmission. They primarily focus on sharing, so users should know and understand that files are not necessarily confidential.

Uses

Minus is ideal for:

  • Creating online portfolios to showcase your work.
  • Share multi-media files from trips, family reunions, weddings, or any other occasion.
  • Publish original works, such as an ebook, or song.
  • Brainstorm with business partners.
  • Collaborate with team members.
  • Share notes with classmates.

Mobility
Minus can be used from most mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, Chrome Extension, Firefox Addon, Windows, Mac, Ubuntu and Android, as well as from any computer, anywhere.

Customer Service
There is a small FAQ section that answers most of the basic questions a new user may have. You can also get help in the forum or contact the company via an online question form or by email.

Cons:

Not a Secure Backup
Minus is not an online storage solution. Of course, they don’t claim to be, either. They claim you can share any file with any one in the world.

Too Simple
Advanced users will find the service and interface too simple. Users that like to customize, tweak and configure their settings “just so” will be disappointed with the simplicity.

No Paid Plans
Many users may think no paid plans would be on the pro side, but for users that need more than 10 GB will feel restricted by the storage limit. Without offering any paid plans, users can not increase their storage space. The only way to get more space is by inviting friends, which is something many people may not be willing to do.

Conclusion

Minus is more of a social network than an online storage solution. You can store files and access them from anywhere. For example, if you are working on a project and want to do some more work at home, you can upload it to Minus and access it from home, instead of saving it to a flash drive. But, for serious, secure data backup, Minus is not the ideal choice.

The generous 10 GB free for life is very attractive to many users, and the simple interface makes it a good choice for novice users. But, businesses that need to backup and store secure files, will not be interested in Minus.

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