Our smartphones are quickly becoming on-the-go computers, so it only makes sense that the amount of data that we access on them is becoming greater, too. When we want to share files between computers and our Android phones, there are quite a few services available - like Dropbox, for example. But there is one problem with services like Dropbox: security. Sure, they may be fine for uploading pictures of the family dog or easily transferring MP3s to your Android device, but what about sensitive data? That's where Wuala comes into play.

Wuala's service is very similar to Dropbox, with the addition of one key feature - client side encryption. Think of it like this: if Truecrypt and Dropbox had a baby, it would be Wuala. This added security should be a welcome feature to a lot of users - I personally know quite a few people that already encrypt their data before uploading it to the cloud.

Wuala is available on Mac, Linux, and Windows, with clients available for both Android and iOS, and it's actually quite simple to use. After setting up your account, you choose which files to upload, it encrypts them on your device, and uploads them to your online storage. Your password isn't transmitted and Wuala doesn't have access to your files, so feel free to upload your most sensitive data!

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A free account will give you 1GB of storage, but if you need more, the prices are very reasonable. You can get anything from 10GB for $29/year to 50GB for $79/year or even 250GB for $289/year, which is quite a bit more economical than Dropbox, which charges $100/year for a 50GB account.

The app is free in the Market, and you can sign up for service at Wuala's official site.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Kevin

    I can't believe you failed to mention that you can get up to 100GB for free if you give up 100GB of local storage to Wuala. For me, that's what makes this more attractive than Dropbox (although, having both is great too!).

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Interesting fact - we haven't had much experience with Wuala (in fact, most of us haven't heard of it until today), so that part wasn't immediately apparent. Thanks for bringing it up.

  • Niall

    Thanks for the info, another great little article. I hadn't heard of it either but really prefer this over Dropbox.

    Sure, the Android client itself seems a little limited/simplistic at the moment, but the desktop client seems excellent so far!

  • George

    it does not encrypt the name of the file, nor the size. if someone uploads an encrypted file called "the black list of people i have to kill.txt", obviously police will have a reasonable cause to go after that person.

  • nom

    according to their website, the file names are encrypted:
    "Every file you store in Wuala gets encrypted before it leaves your computer. This includes file metadata (e.g. name, description, tags). Every file is encrypted with a different key and the list of these keys is encrypted with your password and stored on our server. The password itself never leaves your computer so that not even we can access your data."

    you can find the FAQ page here:

  • iamsra

    I think Wuala was a webmail service once not long ago? I still have my login details!!!

  • marksmith.bvs

    Great storage service no doubt.