AVG Launches Dropbox Rival: Sync, Backup And Share Files In The Cloud

Security software juggernaut AVG this morning announced a brand new service that lets users store, sync and share files in the cloud from a variety of channels and devices.

Dubbed Livekive, the solution sounds extremely familiar to anyone who’s ever used similar services like Dropbox or Box.net (yes, I’m aware there are plenty more competitors).

Livekive comes with automated syncing functionality, which works on both Apple and Microsoft platforms. All (encrypted) data can be accessed and shared from any web-enabled device, including Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

AVG offers Livekive users three tiers of storage options: there’s a free 5GB offering and two paid versions, providing either 25GB for $49.99 per year or ‘unlimited’ storage (the company’s fair usage policy applies) for $79.99 per year.

For you comparion, Dropbox offers 2GB free of charge, and you can get 50GB of storage for $99 per year year or 100GB for $199 per year. Box.net offers 5GB of free storage and lets you upgrade to a premium version that offers 500GB of storage for $15 per month ($180 per year).

AVG was originally founded back in 1991 and just two weeks ago announced a $235 million financing deal. The company has a vast user base to be reckoned with: AVG says it currently protects more than 110 million consumers and small businesses from viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet.