More Cloud Storage - As If You Needed More #pogoplug

Ok, allow me to do a quick inventory of my cloud storage:

  1. Dropbox - 16gigs
  2. - 50gigs
  3. SugarSync - I don't remember but it's a lot (thanks guys!)
  4. GoogleDrive - 20 gigs
  5. Pogoplug - 7 gigs (brand new)
Do I really need all those cloud storage spaces? Not really, but you'd be surprised how many other educators are discovering these cloud storage sites and asking, "Can we use this one or that one?" The question is, should you allow it?

My answer? Yes, of course. If you imagined that response should be something else, then you're living in the past. Cloud storage has infiltrated, barreled it's way into schools and is so ubiquitous, it's impossible to avoid. Now, kids can turn in assignments via DropItToMe to Dropbox, as well as a million other ways to get content in to G-Drive and others.

Others? Yes. Pogoplug is now offering 7 gigs of free space, unlimited space for $4.95 a month. I haven't tried them but signing up was easy (isn't it always?).

I wouldn't be surprised if school districts will soon have to respond to teachers and under-age students looking to access cloud storage, no matter that the disclaimer statements all seem to say about the same thing:

Pogoplug About Access for Children:If you are using the Service on your own behalf, you represent and warrant to us that you are at least 13 years of age (and that if you are 13 or older but under 18, you are under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian who agrees to be bound hereby on your behalf).
Dropbox About Access for Children:If your contact information, or other information related to your account, changes, you must notify us promptly and keep your information current. The Services are not intended for use by you if you are under 13 years of age. By agreeing to these Terms, you are representing to us that you are over 13.
Surprisingly, I couldn't find anything on's web site or TOS about children under 13.

And, I doubt Pogoplug is going to give Dropbox Linux support yet. Sigh.

Some other quick observations:

  • No referral program
  • Not sure of what the max upload size is
  • Embedding media code not available
On a positive note, I liked this statement in their FAQ section:
When you transmit files to Pogoplug they are encrypted using 256-bit SSL, which is the same encryption protocol that your online banking system uses to protect access to your account.  Of course, if you desire additional security, you may encrypt your individual files before sending them to Pogoplug, and our product will store the encrypted files, offering an additional layer of protection since one must unlock the files directly after downloading them.

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Unknown said…
As a district official, do you have a process by which you say, "yes", or are people given the liberty to chose and use at will?

I ask because we are wrestling with this issue (this week in fact).

I would guess we will land with some process by which we authorize specific solutions and give guidance.

SugarSync gives you 5GB's for free, but I think you can expand it slightly by sharing etc...

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