Proton Drive vs. Google Drive: How the Services Differ Along with the various possibilities already available, there is a new service to take into account if you’re seeking a place to store your data on the cloud. We’ll compare Proton Drive’s features to those of one of its key competitors in order to see how well it stacks up against the security- and privacy-focused Proton Mail service.
It’s important to note up front that we do not anticipate the recently released Proton Drive to be on par with the ten-year-old Google Drive in every way. Nevertheless, it may be helpful to be aware of the various tools and features that are already present in the new competitor if you are thinking about making the switch.
Proton Drive vs Google Drive: the basics
Proton Drive only offers 500MB of space for free, so you’ll need to pay to use it seriously: Proton Unlimited costs $12 per month and offers 500GB of data storage (paying a year or two in advance saves money). It’s important to note that the Unlimited plan does come with benefits for all other Proton products, like additional email aliases in Proton Mail and access to the Proton VPN software on up to 10 devices.
Google offers customers 15GB of free storage, but it’s spread out throughout all of its services, including Gmail and Google Drive. Google’s plans go all the way up to 30TB if you really need that much room; it will cost you a whopping $150 a month. For $10 a month, you get 2TB of space (it’s cheaper if you pay for an entire year at once).
Both Proton Drive and Google Drive: Save Files
Both Proton Drive and Google Drive allow you to save files of any type and arrange them into folders, but Proton Drive lags well behind Google Drive in terms of its ability to preview files: You can’t open video files, audio files, or even PDFs in a browser tab right now because it only supports photos. The Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides suite of web tools are not available on Proton Drive either.
You currently only have access to Proton Drive’s web interface; Google Drive’s desktop and mobile syncing applications are not available. However, support for previewing additional file formats in your browser as well as mobile and desktop apps is on the way. The Proton Drive experience should be much more extensive once those modifications are installed.
TheProton Drive is eager to promote its product’s complete end-to-end encryption (using elliptic curve cryptography and OpenPGP if you want the details). Proton Drive can even recognize when it is being heavily restricted and redirect traffic accordingly. For even more privacy and security, it may also be viewed via the Tor browser. The primary justification for using Proton Drive over Google Drive at this time is without a doubt these added capabilities.
Even though Google Drive does a good job of protecting users’ data, it’s not always fully encrypted, making it possible for a data breach, a law enforcement request, or even a disgruntled Google employee to access their files. Even though there’s a little danger, Proton Drive virtually removes it (bearing in mind that no digital security system is ever fully 100 percent safe).
Another aspect that Proton Drive excels at is file and folder sharing, almost matching Google Drive in terms of what it offers. Although it is possible to set up password protection and an expiration date for shared links in Google Drive, Proton Drive currently does it in a more logical and user-friendly manner.
Additionally, we like the Proton Drive website’s user experience. It is sleek, quick, and well-designed, much like the web-based email client. You can choose from seven stylish themes to customize the online app’s appearance, which is something you can’t do right now with Google Drive. When you use the Proton Drive interface for a while, the Google Drive interface starts to feel very stale in contrast.
But once more, Google Drive offers considerably more capability and adaptability. The search function in Proton Drive works OK, but Google Drive offers many more features, including the ability to search inside files and apply filters based on file types and dates. Given the company’s history, it may come as no surprise that Google Drive leads in search.
You can only currently upload files to Proton Drive via the upload button in the web app or by dragging and dropping them into a browser window. According to our tests, there are no performance or stability difficulties, and file transfers and edits go as swiftly as they do in Google Drive.
As we mentioned in the opening, Google Drive is unquestionably the best offering in most of these areas. It offers a scale and feature set that Proton Drive can’t currently match because of a decade of development and a variety of associated applications including Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Despite this, there is some promise for the new Proton service.
Proton Drive, like Google Drive, is a component of a group of applications, most notably Proton Mail. You can purchase a collection of applications that are all highly safe and dependable if you’re ready to increase your monthly membership fees; these apps will help you wean yourself off of your dependence on a sizable, profit-driven firm like Google. You can have a tiny bit more confidence that the data you have is your own.
On the other hand, if you currently use all that Google has to offer—emails, images, movies, papers, notes, and everything else—you may feel that the trade-off in security and privacy is worthwhile given everything Google has to offer. For a comparable price, you get far more functionality and storage capacity.
Overall, Proton Drive is off to a strong start and will undoubtedly appeal to those who place the utmost importance on user security and privacy. Currently, however, Google Drive offers many functions that Proton Drive does not, such as enhanced search features and file previews and editing, so you will need to carefully consider what features you want from your cloud storage solution before switching.