ZipCloud Review

 
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5.7
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How easy was the software to configure and run your first backup?
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Space / Price
How much space do you get for your money?
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How helpful and accessible is customer support?
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How secure do you feel your data is?
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Backup is easy; Restore is hard.
Overall rating
 
4.8
Ease of Use
 
7.0
Features
 
3.5
Space / Price
 
6.5
Customer Support
 
2.0
Security
 
5.0
I loved it. every day at 9:am I got a report of a few files being backed up to the cloud. I even checked a few times, and specific versions of specific files were in deed there.

Then I had a hard drive failure, no time to prepare. Lost the entire disk, everything I ever knew and know.
Help is supposed to be within hours, (free or delux payment plan) Despite repeated requests for general "Total System Recovery" strategy/Guidence -- I NEVER got ANY help.
Eventually I picked a root-directory, and restored everything. Yes, I got every version of every file in every directory that I ever owned or modified -- maybe a dozen versions of my files, and rather than Last Modification Date -- --> they ALL have the date and time of RESTORATION !!!

I've spent the last year trying to find and sort out the latest version from hundreds or thousands of versions and files of some very critical ongoing project-files. It's been horrible.

SO, I conclude: "Writing a Backup Program is easy; Writing a good total system Restore Program (restore as of a specific date) is damn tough to get right. And you won't know that until you have lost everything -- and restored "EVERYTHING" for YOU to sort through.

Unfortunately Zipcloud was no help whatsoever.

Pros and Cons

Pros
Very easy, automatic, good feeling backup
Easy restore of specific files
Reasonable cost.
Cons
No Help whatsoever with Total System Recovery and Restore
Horrible Total System Restore and Recovery.
J
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Beware!
Overall rating
 
4.2
Ease of Use
 
5.0
Features
 
6.0
Space / Price
 
3.0
Customer Support
 
1.0
Security
 
6.0
I had an unlimited backup plan for my computers. i have two computers that i store pictures on and they ran to a couple hundred gig each. Those two computers stopped working. i tried everything i could to make them work and finally emailed ZipCloud. I was told that I had violated the agreement and needed to upgrade to the office plan or reduce my usage. I don't know what they mean by 'unlimited' but it isn't what you think. I decided to terminate the plan and because of early termination and other mumbo jumbo, didn't hardly get anything back. Beware!

Pros and Cons

Pros
worked OK for the first year
Cons
bad customer service
J
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Worst product/service of any kind.
Overall rating
 
3.1
Ease of Use
 
5.5
Features
 
4.0
Space / Price
 
3.5
Customer Support
 
1.0
Security
 
1.5
After signing up, I receive constant warnings like "Account Expired" and "Out of Backup Space" - Upgrade Now". My constant complaints about this scam receives a response from support, but it still occurs.

When I needed to restore my files to a new computer after my old one failed, the restore process failed to work. Support did nothing to fix the problem. Many of my files (about 20%) are also missing. After 4 weeks of no satisfaction with my failed restore, I've cancelled my account.

Pros and Cons

Pros
Cheap, (but worthless)
Cons
Total scam
BJ
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Company Operates Pricing Scam
Overall rating
 
4.7
Ease of Use
 
7.5
Features
 
7.5
Space / Price
 
1.0
Customer Support
 
1.0
Security
 
6.5
Company passes you back and forth between billing and technical support when you encounter the issues with insufficient space, which are bogus.

This company is a fraud. Check the CNET and many other consumer, not pro, rated sites for their service.

Pros and Cons

Pros
It backs up.
Cons
- They have undisclosed charges that will show up on your credit card
- Terms of service states if you don't challenge these charges in the first 60 days, you agree to them.
- they mislead you into thinking you need more space, and WILL block your ability to back up whilst you may have upwards of 80GB of space remaining until you upgrade again, again, again
- They will not refund your when you terminate
- All the aggressive tactics and fees start after the 30 day money back guarantee ends.
MW
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Upsell, Bait and Switch, Shady Business Practices
Overall rating
 
4.6
Ease of Use
 
6.0
Features
 
5.0
Space / Price
 
6.0
Customer Support
 
1.0
Security
 
5.0
ZipCloud.Com is a website like Carbonite which advertises that they will back up your computer, to their "cloud", in case of computer failure. They offer unlimited data backup for a reasonable price, so I gave it a shot.

First thing is, they're not as polished as Carbonite, which is fine, they're cheaper. But the first sign of trouble is the up-sell. Everything is extra. Want two computers? Extra. Want to back up your external? Extra. Want to automatically back up movie files? Extra. Want to back up files larger than 1GB? Extra. Want to back up more than once a day? Extra. Want to backup at a reasonable speed? Extra. If you decline these extras, they will continually go down in price to entice you to pick them up. I didn't mind the extra price and picked up a few extras (multiple computers, video, etc) to make the process more easy.
I was happy with ZipCloud for a few months, the service worked automatically, I didn't worry about it. After a few months, I decided to pay for a year because you saved some money paying ahead of time like that.

Now the trouble starts.
Soon after making that decision and continuing to use ZipCloud as usual, which for me is 2 MacBook computers, one of which is 200GB and the other is 150GB, updating daily automatically using their software, sometimes from my home and sometimes from campus where I am a college student, I received the following email from zipcloud:

"Hi Jason,

Our account monitoring system has flagged your account as being used out the boundaries of a normal user.

Unfortunately this means we will no longer be able to have you on our personal user platform.

You have 30 days from today to move your files away otherwise they will be permanently deleted and your account cancelled.

The only other option we can offer you is to switch to one of our business accounts which will be more suitable for your data storage needs.

The account you are currently on is designed for personal use only, We understand that there might be a small increase in plan cost but you will find a business account suits your backup needs better, all business accounts come with:

* Ability to create sub-accounts
* Ability to allocate backup space to users/devices
* FREE Network drive backup
* FREE external drive backup
* UNLIMITED sharing capabilities

Click Here to Upgrade to a Business Plan Now!
http://url.zipcloud.com/a00e8a4a

We also advise customers moving to a business option to delete unwanted files/folder to keep costs to a minimum as all business plans pay for space per GB.

As per our Terms and Conditions, we have the sole discretion to ask you to move plan type and there is nothing we can now do to prevent the above actions taking place.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: 14. Termination and Fair Use Policy
(http://www.zipcloud.com/terms - Sections 4, 14, 15 & 23)

PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AS YOUR ACCOUNT WILL CLOSE ON 28th September 2013.

30 DAYS FROM NOW.

Regards,
Zip Cloud





This email was sent from Zip Cloud, Unit 6, Fulcrum 2, Solent Way, Whiteley, PO15 7FN
Unsubscribe: http://www.zipcloud.com/unsubscribe"

Now, Zipcloud does not have a live chat feature, nor does it have a telephone support system which I had not previously noticed. I figured there must be some mistake. As I mentioned, I use two personal computers. They are both Macintosh. One has a hard drive capacity of 150GB and the other has a hard drive capacity of 200GB. I had ZipCloud set up to backup everything. I figured in the case of a system failure, I would better be safe than sorry. And besides, ZipCloud offers “unlimited” data. So, thinking there must be some mistake, I sent an email to Zipcloud through their help system (which I am unable to obtain apparently) basically asking them what had happened to trigger the issue, and alternatively, how to cancel my account, because I was not paying double for a business account.


I received this initial response, right away:

“Hi,

Thank you for contacting Zip Cloud Support

95% of all tickets we receive are replied to within 2 hours.

**Please do not submit multiple tickets! Submitting multiple will delay the response of your ticket, as it will put your previous email back to the bottom of the queue**

If you think of anything which you would like to add to your email to support please reply to this email, and it will update your current message.

Please ensure you check all inbox folders for our reply including your SPAM folder. You can also keep a track of your tickets on the control panel http://my.zipcloud.com/account/tickets

Kind regards,


ZipCloud Support Team
www.zipcloud.com
_________________________________________________

View our Help Centre and FAQs: http://www.zipcloud.com/faq

Simply add Priority Support for a 1 hour response time, just 9.95/yr. http://www.zipcloud.com/upgrade

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I thought of a possible reason for the issue and sent this follow-up:

“I just realized that perhaps the other difference that may have triggered the mechanism is that I just recently started back up at school for the fall, so the updates may be happening while I'm at school, which of course is through their IP address, through their network. But I am not an employee of the school. I am a student and this account is used purely for personal reasons. If you are forcing me to open a business account, please let me know how to cancel my account and receive a refund for my annual payment.
Thanks.



I did not hear back for three days, when I received the following boilerplate response:

“Hi,

Thanks for your email.

Your account has been flagged this means we will no longer be able to have you on our personal user platform

We have to follow our Terms and Conditions, there is nothing we can now do to prevent the actions taking place.

We understand that there might be a small increase in plan cost but you will find a business account suits your backup needs better.

We do have the sole discretion to ask you to move plan type. Additionally we allow any user 30 days to recover all stored data from our first contact.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: 14. Termination and Fair Use Policy (Sections 14 www.zipcloud.com/terms)

If you would like to discuss cancelling please email billing@zipcloud.com
If you would like to discuss upgrading to business please email business@zipcloud.com
If you would like help on deleting devices or data please email support@zipcloud.com

To reiterate, there is NOTHING we can now do to prevent the actions taking place.

Regards,



--
George Scott
Product & Development team
Zip Cloud
www.zipcloud.com



(I actually received the message twice, assumedly once from my initial email and once from the follow-up, both from the same “person”.)

I responded with this message and have yet to receive anything else from Zipcloud:

“My account has been flagged as a business account (with no explanation as to why). I am a personal user who uses the service for two personal computers only. I am a student and sometimes the update may occur on my school's campus, which uses their own IP address (of course). I find it humorous that you maintain that "there is nothing we can now." I literally laughed. As if your company is run by a mass of computers and robots with no human interaction. Your company has used one of the biggest bait-and-switch campaigns I have ever personally been subjected to. I am not making a legal argument, but simply pointing out that as a home personal user who has paid for "unlimited" space, paid extra for two computers, I find it mind-boggling that my two personal computers (one of 200 GB and another of 150 GB) which I update daily using your software would exceed what your company considers "personal use". If you were able to tell me HOW I triggered such a mechanism, perhaps we could better understand if some kind of technical malfunction (on either end) or a misunderstanding when I updated while on my college campus. But of course, you won't, you did not even respond to my basic questions in my first email, instead simply sending me a form email which laughably informs me that your hands are tied. No one is questioning your right to kick customers off your servers, I do question the wisdom of it, and I wonder as to why you would kick off a personal user who uploads 2 computers on a daily basis, but I do not question your right.

I have been singing the praises of your company since last spring when I signed up, because of the inexpense and ease with which I updated, but no longer will I be able to recommend your services.

All that being said, if your company is truly attempting to move a college student with two computers off your network because I triggered some kind of secret and arbitrary mechanism to a business account, so be it. Please send me information on how I can deactivate my account. And, as I asked in my previous email, which was summarily ignored, as I paid for an entire year in advance, I assume I am entitled to a pro-rated refund of some kind. Please let me know how to get that. I will be off your service and on to a more professional service such as Carbonite right away (who, as far as I know, don't make it a practice to kick college students off of their service).”


ZipCloud apparently has some arbitrary and secret mechanism that will change a personal user to a business user which they do not advertise nor disclose to users. I am not a business, I do not own a business. Heck, I don’t even have a job! (Like I mentioned, I am a college student.)

ZipCloud refuses to answer my questions, I am not sure I will receive a refund for my annual subscription and they still have not told me what I did to turn to a “business” user.

Save your money, and a headache. Zipcloud does not care about personal users, they are quick to drop them, and cancel their account without any explanation. They do not stand by their advertised offers and quickly point to their fine print in their terms of agreement to shout “See! We’re allowed to do this!”.

Zipcloud won’t be around for long. I personally switched to Carbonite, which instead of cancelling college student accounts, actually gave me a student discount, lol. ZipCloud is a company with questionable business practices and ethics, not to mention a foolish business plan. If you want to put your precious data in the hands of a company who will delete it without any explanation, by all means sign up for ZipCloud, otherwise go elsewhere.
J
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Very Pleased with ZipCloud
Overall rating
 
9.2
Ease of Use
 
10.0
Features
 
9.0
Space / Price
 
10.0
Customer Support
 
8.0
Security
 
9.0
I have been very happy with my ZipCloud decision. I have lots of photographs and needed about 120GB of space.

It took a few days or so to back all of the data up, to be fair I have a lot of data and it just takes time to copy. In case you do not know ZipCloud uses Amazon Cloud Storage for their system. So you know the servers are fast and reliable. After some research most of the world uses Amazon Cloud services, Dropbox, instagram and thousands of others.

Anyway the service has been great. I have not needed customer support so I can not provide any real insight there but I know they are their to help so I gave them a 8 in good faith. Should I have a problem I will update the review.

Final word is I am glad I went with ZipCloud, I have been happy and more importantly I was glad to have my backup search over.

Hope this helps!

Pros and Cons

Pros
Very Easy to set up
Easy to use
Just works
Cons
Many upgrade options, not sure if I need them all, I stuck with the basic account
JW
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I was able to backup photos very quickly
Overall rating
 
9.2
Ease of Use
 
10.0
Features
 
8.0
Space / Price
 
10.0
Customer Support
 
9.0
Security
 
9.0
I Think ZipCloud is great because right after install it started backing up right away. The main reason i wanted to get online backup was in order to get my kids pictures backed up. I did it in just a few hours. ZipCloud made me feel like a pro. I looked into some of the scheduling options and realized it costs more to do hourly backups, so i decided not to get them.

I recommend them to all my friends. I feel like all my pictures are safe and i have been able to download them and share them easily.

Pros and Cons

Pros
Worked right away
looks nice, easy to use
backup was easy
Cons
none at this point
J
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