Review: Norton holds your files for safekeeping with Zone

Norton Zone offers a comparable cloud storage service, with 5GB of free storage space.

Norton Zone is a cloud-based storage service that lets you access and sync your files from any device. The free service gives you 5GB of storage space, which is equivalent to or more than rival services like Google Drive or Dropbox.

Setting up the app was easy enough: You can quickly sign up or sign in with your Zone account and a brief tutorial will guide you through how to add files to your Zone folder, which should be more or less the same as adding folders in a native manner. These files are then accessible from the Web or from other devices via their respective apps.

When the sync is complete, a green check mark will appear next to your file icon and signal that it's completely stored in Norton's cloud space. Upload speeds were immediate, though your mileage may vary based on connection.

If you choose to access Norton Zone from the Web, you'll have access to extra sharing and collaboration tools, like adding "contributors," who in turn can add comments and hold conversations. Sharing can be done at a folder level, with no limit to the number of people you give access to. If other contributors choose to download a shared file, Norton also performs prescans to prevent malware from being distributed.

Given the nature of the app, it's obvious that plenty of attention has been given to both design and functionality; Norton Zone now demonstrates that it can also play on the same level.

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