F-Secure today launched Younited, a new personal content cloud service that is designed with privacy and security in mind, as well as ease of use.
“We consider existing personal cloud services to be mostly boring, 90's look-and-feel file utilities that are used only occasionally. We want to change that,” says Timo Laaksonen, Vice President at F-Secure Corporation. “What you see in younited today is already compelling but it’s only the beginning. A number of new service capabilities are in the works that will add further excitement to the user experience. For instance, we will soon launch a completely new, dead-easy and fun way to share pictures and videos from events with friends and family."
According to F-Secure, tens of thousands of consumers and small businesses have already signed up for Younited before the official launch.
Younited is hosted in Finland, home to strict privacy laws and strongly held cultural values of privacy, and has been conceived and built for privacy from the ground up. It is engineered by security professionals who have built security into the architecture as well as into their ways of working on younited. Younited’s promise is that users will remain in control of their data, with security professionals defending their content every day against loss of data, malware, unauthorized access, and other threats.
“It's high time for a fresh European alternative to enter the market, taking the existing Internet behemoths head on,” says Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure. “What the world needs now is a cloud storage service that is not subject to uncontrolled access by intelligence agencies.”
Younited collects the pictures, videos, documents and other content users have on their devices into one place. In addition to younited’s own secure and private storage space, users can also connect their Facebook, Dropbox and Picasa accounts to younited. This allows users to see all their content in one single service where they can find, organize and share it with friends, family and business associates. Younited will continue to add more external clouds to the service in the future.
Younited is open to users through a queue for the first months of live operation. Users have gotten access to the service in controlled groups since October 24th. Younited is being launched in three alternative packages: Free, Medium and Premium. The free version will offer all younited’s functionality along with 10GB of safe cloud storage – but only for a limited time (starting next year, the free version will offer 5GB). Medium expands safe cloud storage to 200GB and retails at €74,99 a year. Premium provides users with 500GB of safe cloud storage, retailing at €120 a year.