Introducing Cubby

Welcome to Cubby. To start you off on the path to Cubby enlightenment, here’s a few words from our CTO, Marton Anka:

On April 12 we announced Cubby, our latest product, and it was overwhelmingly well received. I thought I’d take a few minutes and explain what goals we had with creating the product and why we think it’s better than the competition.

Cubby is as simple or as flexible as you want it to be. It’s designed to suit your style, not some arbitrary requirements of the software. Simply put, it works the way you work, not the way we want you to. 

You start off with a single cubby. You put stuff into it and it appears on all your devices as well as in the cloud at cubby.com. If that works for you and you don’t need more complexity, that’s fine. You can also create one or more new cubbies and select where their contents appear. With Cubby, you gain fine control over what goes where. For example, you can have your work docs on your office desktop and laptop, your photos on your laptop and your home computer, and so on. Cloud syncing is optional, so you can set a cubby to sync peer-to-peer between your computers when you don’t need web-based or mobile access to a cubby. With peer-to-peer syncing, cubby content doesn’t count against your cloud storage quota.

Cubby is versatile. To share files with somebody, simply send them an URL that provides read-only access a particular file or folder in one of your cubbies. To collaborate with someone, simply invite them to share a cubby with you, and then that particular cubby will update its contents on the devices of your choice as well as the devices of their choice in real time as changes are made.

Cubby is a safety net. For cubbies that sync with cubby.com, we retain deleted files and previous versions of stuff you overwrite. This is automatic and doesn’t count against your quota; it simply uses whatever free space you have with us on cubby.com. If you start to run out of unused space, the oldest versions of your files are eventually thrown away, but you can easily check how your storage is used and how much space you have for storing old files.

Cubby is secure. Every cubby has its own encryption key that’s further encrypted by your password. When you log in to cubby.com and choose high security mode we use your password to temporarily decrypt your cubby keys so we can show you what you store with us, but when you’re not accessing the website we simply don’t have your encryption keys in a usable form. Your computers with Cubby installed do have a copy of these keys so they’re able to sync information back and forth without your intervention. The only downside to high security mode is that if you forget your cubby.com password and have to reset it without the recovery key that we give you when high security mode is enabled, you lose access to the  stuff that’s in cloud storage. Granted, it will re-sync from your computers as soon as they’re online but still, it’s a hassle so this mode will not be enabled by default.

NOTE: While the underlying high security functionality has been implemented (including per-cubby encryption keys) the high security mode will only be publicly available some time later in the beta.

Cubby is smart. It’s powerful and it’s certainly very easy to use, and under the hood there’s a lot of innovation. One of the coolest things is how your computers running Cubby communicate with each other: every computer is assigned an identifier, part of which is the computer’s public IP address. These identifiers are first sorted and then made to form the points around a simple circle graph. Computers will only connect to their immediate neighbor in the graph, and information will flow only between a particular computer and its two neighbors. Why should you or your ISP care about this? Well, this minimizes Internet traffic and makes Cubby replicate files very quickly. Computers on the same network will have the same public IP address which means they will be neighbors on the graph, talking with each other on the LAN without having to involve your ISP. Computers on the same ISP are likely to have similar IP addresses , so they will be neighbors in the Cubby graph, thereby minimizing inter-ISP traffic; again, making things smoother and faster.

We built Cubby from the ground up because we wanted to create a better experience that’s flexible, secure and super easy to use.  The underlying technology took us a long time to develop but,  we think it’s been worth it. Hope you’ll agree.

You can apply on the Cubby website to be part of the closed beta and chances are you won’t have to wait very long. While the line isn’t short by any standards we are letting in thousands of new users every day.

www.cubby.com

– Marton

    
Alix Hagan

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Alix Hagan joined LogMeIn in 2012 and has held roles in product and in marketing. As Senior Product Marketing Manager, Alix leads all messaging, content, and campaigns for join.me, the world’s fastest-growing collaboration solution.

18 thoughts on “Introducing Cubby

  1. At what level will the “high security mode” be configurable? Will it be the whole account or nothing, or able to be configured at a ‘cubby’ level, or a file level?

    It would be convenient to have all the files I don’t care too much about having an additional layer of security (such as music files, and so on) without this additional layer, but more sensitive data protected by the additional layer.

    I do appreciate that for the average end-user, this might make configuration considerably more complex.

    To paraphrase Goldilocks, “File level might be too much, per account too little, per ‘cubby’ might be just right.”

    • Hey Jason, while Cubby is still in beta we are continuing to develop it so its easy to work with, no matter if you are using Cubby for personal or business use. That being said, we seriously take into consideration what Cubby users want when it comes to security – so consider yourself heard.

    • So glad this was the first question. I love the cubby beta and one of the main reasons for me to give it a try is that I am hoping cubby will be fully integrated into my logmein cloud bank and that client (i.e. me) – side encryption is going to be part of the final product.

  2. Can’t wait to get the invite! Seems like a very cool product, can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  3. This seems like just what I’ve been looking for. I’ve used Windows Live Mesh for a while and it does the things I want but their support of it is spotty – especially for the Mac.Their committment to it is questionable so I’d like to move to something with a clearer future. The peer-to-peer syncing is the biggest feature I’ve been looking for. The ability to add your own keys would be a great plus. The UI looks clean and straightforward. Great job!

    • If you were a regular user for Live Mesh, I suggest you to switch to SkyDrive. I mean, in addition to this new product that Cubby is creating…

  4. I am waiting to get my hands on Cubby and review it. It seems quite promising.
    I have almost tries all the Sharing n Syncing Services whether be it Dropbox, Sugar Sync, G Drive or SkyDrive or Box. Seriously there is no clear winner. Currently I am using the combination of Dropbox, G Drive and Sky Drive. Lets see which of these service(s) will I have to say Good Bye when Cubby is out.

    I am waiting for my turn.

  5. It would be fantastic if you could check the grammar of blog posts before publishing them. If the code cubby uses has as many errors as this blog post it’s going to be very short lived.

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  7. Hi, I am using Dropbox currently and as a BlackBerry user, I got it all. Now comes along Cubby, which is similar with more space but no app for BlackBerry. Is there one in the future?

  8. What is the IP range for the Cubby servers so that a firewall can be configured to allow connections to and from only those addresses?

  9. Cubby will be in high secure mode later in beta. That’s ok for the future.. But how secure the files are now which is stored in the cloud? Is it encrypted now?

  10. is it possoble to sync with cubby between and among more than 2 computers. i seem to be able to sync between 2 compui0ters, but when i add the third, syncing becomes entirely unpredictable.

  11. It seems the High Security option where you hold the encryption keys would allay fears around the Patriot Act?, especially for EU customers. Can you explain if you have anything like Safe Harbor to address data protection requirements for UK/EU customers?

  12. Hi, I’m looking for a way to back up some personal data I have in case something bad was to happen to my computer. Being a student I really value free services and Cubby seems to have it all, selective backing up, syncing, sharing and a good base of security.

    The high security functionality sure is another plus, I’m looking forward to it since personal data should remain that way and restricting access to its owner alone is the way to go.

    But after reading the note the where it says high security mode will only be publicly available some time later in the beta makes me wonder, once the beta period is over, would that be a premium feature not available in the free plan?

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