WinZip moves to the cloud, launches online service ZipShare

  1. The popular compression utility WinZip is moving to the cloud. The company has launched ZipShare, an online file compression, management, encryption, and sharing service, which works with major cloud storage platforms including Google Drive, Box, SugarSync, Dropbox, OneDrive, HighTail, and...

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  2. ArthurZ

    ArthurZ Newcomer, in training Posts: 78

    Cool, never thought of WinZip to reside in the cloud, quite a pioneer again.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,781   +700

    WinZip... Now here's a program that I haven't used in years and almost forgot it existed.
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,195   +69

    Cool??

    Why would you want to send uncompressed files over the internet to compress them and AFTER sending the full size of the file sharing it as compressed???

    Looks and sounds awful.
    wastedkill likes this.
  5. wastedkill

    wastedkill TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,039   +218

    Whee a good way to unzip your pants and send them to your buddy online :D
  6. PowerArchiver is better than WinZip since it offer the same feature for free.
  7. wastedkill

    wastedkill TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,039   +218

    How is it better if the only thing you said that is better then it isnt true?
  8. LamontagnedeGat

    LamontagnedeGat Newcomer, in training

    Thanks. Much appreciated.

    Hi Kibaruk,
    Actually, I at least partially agree with your point. Using a product like Winzip or any archival tool for that matter will achieve your objective. But the point of ZipShare as a web app is less about saving bandwidth during upload than having the convenience of zipping and sharing from any browser enabled device without having to download software. There are other benefits to the application such as file management across cloud storage services from a single app, email delivery tracking or extra protection against hacking with AES encryption of files in the cloud. We do encourage you to try the product. It is in beta and there is an opportunity to provide feedback in the app, something we would appreciate receiving.

    Cheers!

    Jacques

    I would add that ZipShare IS free.
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 26, 2014
  9. Nobina

    Nobina TechSpot Booster Posts: 336   +66

    I always use WinRAR. It works just fine.
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,195   +69

    Well that does sound better than in the article but... two points.

    The first being the ability to cypher my online files, I actually do that for sensitive information before uploading it.

    The second point is more security oriented. Do you offer two step authentication? Because if I want to integrate all of my cloud solutions for storage I don't want a hacker to only guess or bruteforce A password on A site to rule them all, while I have the ability to control that on Dropbox (Or OneDrive) for example with 2 step verification they can't log in unless they also get my phone.

    How long will this be free? Or better yet what would be the limitations of the free solution?
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  12. LamontagnedeGat

    LamontagnedeGat Newcomer, in training

    Hello Kiburak,

    Again, good points.
    I agree that cyphering files before uploading remains the most secure mechanism to protect files to be stored in the cloud. Actually WinZip does a first rate job at that with it's built-in support for cloud services. Such a solution however does require use of software installed on the desktop or mobile device. ZipShare is designed to provide the cypher capabilities to those users who don't want, have, or need local software but do want that added layer of security. Suppose you're working on another computer than your own and need to share a sensitive set of large files. ZipShare could be a very useful tool to help you safely deliver your files without having to download anything.

    Regarding 2 factor authentication, this is a much more advanced features that has only recently been introduced by a small number of cloud storage providers. It took them years to get there... please be patient with us as well while we develop future functionalities for our new service :). Meanwhile we have set up the most advanced security protocols we could reasonably introduce at launch, including SSL pipes, daily triple scrubbing of deleted files, strong server level encryption and more. We are considering requiring stronger minimum password strength requirements but want to get user feedback first before taking that step.

    Regarding the free comment: Standard ZipShare will remain a free service for the foreseeable future and we have no plans to change that commitment.

    Cheers,

    Jacques
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,195   +69

    Thanks for your replies Jacques, I will definitely try it out once I get back home.


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