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How to sync Dropbox with NiHao Cloud

How to Sync NiHao Cloud with other Clouds

This video tutorial shows you how to sync NiHao Cloud with other cloud storages like Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft Onedrive. Essentially, you can sync any folder or file that’s stored on your laptop or other cloud platforms to NiHao Cloud, and transfer it worry-free from and to Mainland China.

Team Package Users

We understand that you’ve grown accustomed to the existing cloud platforms, where most of your files are shared with the majority of your team members. However when it comes to file syncing with Mainland China, NiHao Cloud’s professional services come in handy.

NiHao Cloud allows you to update files on your preferred cloud platforms, and automatically syncing the changes with your China-based colleagues, partners, or clients on NiHao Cloud. Vise versa, whatever changes to the file China side has made will instantly show on documents stored on your preferred cloud platforms.

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Individual Package Users

Individual package users are also able to sync files from other cloud platforms to NiHao Cloud. However different from team package users, who have access to all the updates in NiHao Cloud libraries, individual package users need to generate a download link of the up-to-date version file, and send it to colleagues, partners or clients within Mainland China.

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How NiHao Cloud Complies with GDPR

How NiHao Cloud Complies with GDPR 

Update: The latest updated version of this article is here on our new website.

Disclaimer: This post does not serve as legal advice and should be considered only as guidelines in your GDPR or China cyber-security planning. You should work with your legal counsel to make the right decisions based on your business needs and circumstances.

What is GDPR?

General Data Privacy Regulation, or GDPR, takes effect on May 25, 2018. The legislation will have a big impact on the way marketers approach their work and the way organizations obtain, store, manage or process the personal data of EU citizens. Even though NiHao Cloud stores its user data outside of the EU, the new law still applies to us, and thus our services comply with GDPR regulations.

How we keep your data safe

Data security has always been the top priority for NiHao Cloud. When designing, deploying and maintaining our network, services and applications, we strive to offer solutions that meet the industry’s strictest privacy regulations. Here is how NiHao Cloud is compliant with GDPR:

1. Infrastructure:

We choose the biggest and most secure hosting partner AWS (Amazon Web Services) to setup NiHao Cloud platform. We ensure a maximum security of you personal data by utilizing AWS tools and services in areas that are applicable for NiHao Cloud. Your data is secured by AWS and their GDPR ready compliance certificates:Learn more on how Amazon AWS helps us conform GDPR:

2. NiHao Cloud Service:

NiHao Cloud only collects essential data to provide professional services for our users/customer. This includes users ID/name, email address, device type & IP. This data can be seen by every organization administrator, as required by GDPR.

When users delete their accounts from NiHao Cloud and unsubscribe from marketing mailing lists, NiHao Cloud does not keep email addresses for any further use.

3. List of Vendors

NiHao Cloud has carefully chosen 3rd party marketing and support vendors that comply with GDPR.

  • NiHao Cloud Website: NiHao Cloud website is built on Thrive Themes, a 3rd party web page building tool that is compliant with GDPR. Learn more on their website
  • NiHao Cloud Support & Chat: NiHao Cloud uses support & chat system provided by Zendesk. Learn more about how they abide by GDPR on their website :
  • NiHao Cloud Mailing Notifications: NiHao Cloud uses Drip to send important notifications regarding service and educational or promotional emails. Learn more on how Drip conforms GDPR via their website.

Recommended Resources

Below are a few links for you to assess your own company policies regarding general data collection:

Read the official guidelines here.

This Hubspot post is a good “in normal English” summary of what GDPR means for online marketing.

This post goes deeper into what compliance means under different scenarios, specifically for marketing automation.

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Why businesses choose NiHao Cloud to transfer files to China

Why Businesses Choose NiHao Cloud to Transfer Files from/to Mainland China

The existence of China’s Great Firewall and VPNs has become a globally well-known fact.

For a few international conglomerates with deep pockets, they can afford to drag MPLS lines all the way to China. However for the rest majority, this might not be optional.

International small & medium businesses that have Chinese partners or clients, which is inevitable these days, need a simple and easy solution to share files and collaborate.

In this article we want to demonstrate why businesses choose NiHao Cloud to solve their problems.

1. NiHao Cloud Works in Mainland China Without VPN

Thanks to NiHao Cloud’s engineering sorcery and its expertise in China IT, the services are accessible in mainland China without needing VPN service.

With loads of uncertainties of which VPN services are authorized to run or how long they will last, NiHao Cloud simply takes the high road of not involving itself in the VPN “drama” and not stepping on the government’s toes.

Our server is located close enough to China, but at the same time remote enough to grant global accesses. We focus on nurturing these routes and connections, which stand out from cloud providers in the market.


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2. Speedy File Access Worldwide

NiHao servers are located in Asia Pacific, meaning users within Asia and Australia have the fastest connection. However thanks to our infrastructure partner – AWS (Amazon Web Services), your files can travel fast enough to America and Europe. We are also planning to replicate content across the globe, so you may get instant access to the files from the nearest data center in the near future

3. Organized & Easy Way To Share Files

Sharing a download link to the file might be the easiest way for communication these days. Adding a password or expiration date to the link invites extra protection to sensitive information.

On top of link generating services, NiHao Cloud has three major functions to guarantee a smoother and more efficient file-sharing experience.

Shared Libraries

Imagine if you have a client in Mainland China and you have to constantly send them the latest  updates of work. You can simply create a shared library on NiHao Cloud with the clients, where the latest updates can be seen from both sides simultaneously. You can also categorize the files using sub-folders to create a neat virtual work space.


In addition to categorizing files using folders in “Library”, NiHao Cloud’s “Group” function also offers you the chance to categorize user groups.


You can create groups by office departments or a specific team and project, and invite members accordingly.

Libraries created within the group are accessible to all group members whenever needed.

The “Group” function greatly expedites office work flow, as it eliminates back and forth file sending, reduces traffic load in office and keeps all files synced orderly with all team members.

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For those in the West who have grown accustomed to Dropbox or Google Drive, and for those in China who’s been using Baidu Cloud all along, NiHao Cloud offers its specialized cross-border file sharing solution, as a result of years’ study on how to improve communication from and to Mainland China.

Through only a couple clicks, NiHao Cloud instantly and automatically syncs with existing files stored on other cloud platforms, only this time you’re able to share them through the Wall smoothly.

4. File Locking

To avoid confusion cost in file updates, member of a certain library or group is able to lock the file while he/she is working on it. Unlocking it when he/she finishes allows other members to modify the file.

5. End to End Library Encryption

NiHao Cloud allows you to encrypt libraries of sensitive files. Other members will need to possess password to the library in order to access or modify the files.

6. Admin Panel & Data Security

Each group on NiHao Cloud platform has at least one admin to supervise all the libraries. And to combat any possible data loss, NiHao Cloud grants the admin a few rights:

  • Admin has right to recover deleted files.

Admin is able to see snapshots of all the files that have been modified or deleted. With a click of the button, admin can recover deleted files in no time.

  • Admin has right to set user status

Admin is able to limit a certain user’s access to “Read Only”, or even deactivate and delete a certain user.

7. Multiple Admins


NiHao Cloud allows you to allocate work and responsibilities by delivering administrator rights to other group member. There is no limit to the number of admins within a group.

8. Interface in 26 Languages

Language is step one in cross-border communication. Thus NiHao Cloud created its interface in 26 languages, including English and Mandarin, to make sure the user knows exactly which button to click on the platform.

9. Bilingual Help Center

To assist users best apply all the powerful tools of NiHao Cloud, we provide written, video and online instructions in both English and Mandarin.

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NiHao Cloud is a simple yet powerful tool to share files all around the world. We are the expert when it comes to global collaboration involving colleagues or clients in Mainland China. NiHao offers enterprise file sharing solutions varying from small teams to big organizations.

Let us know what you think about this article in the comments below.

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How to share libraries, create groups & more on NiHao Pro

All you need to know quick guide to professional version of NiHao  

In this video you can quickly learn how to share libraries to other users,  create relevant groups and how manage user access rights. 

If you have any questions you can check out more on “All Admin needs to know” on our knowledge base. 

You can let us know what you think about this video or NiHao Cloud in the comments below. 

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We just launched Free version of Nihao

We just launched “Nihao”- Dropbox, Box & Wetransfer Alternative for China

Having troubles sending personal videos back home? 

Getting frustrated sharing large-size files with the team overseas? 

Feeling desperate with VPNs failing one after another?

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Who are we? 

German-made IBB China has been taking on IT challenges in China for more than 15 years. As VPN blockage in the country becomes increasingly problematic for international businesses, IBB is proud to launch its subsidiary company Nihao Cloud, with the brand-new VPN-free file-sharing services.

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China’s Public Cloud Crackdown is not Over. Update 2017

China’s public cloud crackdown is not over

Last May 2016 we tested the speed of China’s cloud providers before the big crackdown. We saw some big changes in China public cloud sector and decided to make an update. This time we got some help from daxue consulting– China market research leader to do a third party unbiased speed test. They offered us to conduct another speed test for all free cloud cloud providers in China, that do not require VPN. You can read their full guide to free Internet essentials in China, where they compared not only cloud, but also document sharing and email alternatives that work without VPN in China.

Infographics by Kevin Maher – Diatom

China’s Biggest Cloud Provider goes bust for porn, again.

6 Months ago Qihoo 360 Yun Pan got the best upload/download results within China and abroad and climbed all the way up to the ladder back in 2016 May, but recently it announced similar retreat message when couldn’t resolve security and legitimacy issues– illegal pornographic content on their servers.

Yun Pan 360 was offering 32TB per user for free!? Well we can only image what was happening on these servers and we can only wonder how much electricity China will save since these Tera-bytes of “exotic videos” will be wiped out. Maybe finally we get blue skies?

Instead, Yun Pan is going to concentrate to providing Cloud Services to businesses and most likely it will not recover back to public cloud service.

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Gradually cracking the rest

As predicted since last May 2016 many companies like 115 Cloud, Huawei’s D-bank, Kuai Pan, Vdisk from Weibo have already discontinued their free personal cloud services. Famous Wei-Yun from Tencent was able to hold up for extra 6 months, but as they state on their official website, will be shutting down in early 2017. Youdao cloud still appears on the list, but its not possible to use it anymore.

Seems like there will be only one feasible alternative left to China’s public to use Baidu Cloud. But surprise surprise, a new, free public cloud provider emerged that seems to be much faster than Baidu.

Infographics by Kevin Maher – Diatom


Recently we have spotted a new Cloud Provider that we didn’t have in our previous table. According to daxue’s data cloud le downloads and uploads within China are just about the same like any other cloud provider, but what surprises us that from USA it takes only 1 min to download and 5 min to upload. Not too bad right? I know what you thinking: where is the catch? Bad news for old Yun Pan users: No videos are allowed to upload 🙁

IBB Cloud (NiHao Cloud) 

Since last May IBB I&C Technology have been receiving huge interest from many International SMBs for more secure business cloud solution. Many sign-ups and large number of customers triggered IBB to found a new and separate compnay- NiHao Cloud. 

Update: Today NiHao Cloud offers 2GB free storage and faster than before download/upload speed. You can sign up for free here

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Cloud Storage providers in China: speed test before the big crackdown in 2016

Cloud Storage providers in China: speed test before the big crackdown in 2016

About two weeks ago Chinese public received striking news: most Chinese cloud providers “decided” to discontinue their Cloud Storage services. Major reasons would include government’s involvement regarding illegal content that is stored and shared among citizens, lack of profit from free plans and enormous costs for bandwidth, storage resources, and maintenance.

This article is not about “why did it happen”, but rather: “What can we do now”? Right before most Chinese Cloud providers close their doors, we decided to take a look and test which of them are worth giving a shot for personal or business Cloud storage use.

In the research, we were particularly interested in which ones could upload and download the fastest, not only inside China but also from outside of the GFW – the Great Firewall of China. We tested the most popular Cloud Providers, both Chinese and foreign alternatives.

First, how did we do the test? Simple, we subscribed to almost ALL cloud storage providers we could find and accessed without using a VPN. Foreign providers like Dropbox, Google Drive, or even Microsoft Office 365 OneDrive were not accessible without a VPN, therefore, we listed them as blocked.

We took the same 100 MB zip file and tried to upload/download it in China and then upload/download it in Europe, using the same computers and the same Internet connection to have equal testing conditions and environment. Here is the list with all Cloud Storages speed test results.

See whats next for the Public Sector and Business Sector:

Public Sector

Since the majority of Chinese Cloud providers will be closed by July 30th, 2016, we will be left with only three main giants: Baidu pan, Qihoo 360 and China Telecom Cloud. So first let’s see how they performed among each other.

The first position is occupied by the famous Qihoo 360, with more than 500 million active users of its antivirus software and secure web browser and 67.48 million Yunpan cloud storage users. It offers humongous free 36 TB. Upload and download time in China rounded nearly 1 minute. Outside of China, our archive arrived in the first place with impressive 7 minutes download and 32 minutes upload speed. User interface only available in Chinese though…

Baidu pan has the most users – 383.42 million – and that could maybe explain why it is so freakishly slow both in China and abroad. Even though it gives free 2 TB of space, the download speed in China was 6 minutes where most providers would deliver in under 1 minute, upload was not too bad, but still a whole minute behind others. When it came to downloading from Europe, we were expecting worse results, but 11 minutes were not too bad, whereas upload failed three times in a row.

China Telecom Cloud 天翼云 or otherwise named took 3 minutes to upload and 2min to download in China. A bit better than Baidu pan, but still behind Qihoo 360. Outside of China the download took 12min and upload 47 long minutes. It is worth mentioning that China Telecom is a state-owned company- whatever it may mean in terms of security…

We have also tried Amazon Cloud Drive where you can get 5 GB of space and English interface. We were surprised by download and upload speed, assuming, that the server might not be located in China, but rather somewhere outside of China. Download speed in China was whole 23 minutes and upload 6 minutes. Abroad it downloaded in 7 minutes as if the server was next door, but to upload back to China took another 23 minutes. You should also take into account that you can only store files on Amazon cloud drive and the option to automatically sync to your desktop is not available.

As for those providers that are going to close down or turn off sharing features, the only one that would deserve a proper burial should be Tencent’s Weiyun, which offers 1 TB for free and has English interface. Actually, within China, its download speed was 20 seconds faster than Qihoo and upload 9 seconds faster. Outside of China Weiyun didn’t perform as fast as within China: download was 29 minutes and upload took whole 42 minutes.

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As for those providers that are going to close down or turn off sharing features, the only one that would deserve a proper burial should be Tencent’s Weiyun, which offers 1 TB for free and has English interface. Actually, within China, its download speed was 20 seconds faster than Qihoo and upload 9 seconds faster. Outside of China Weiyun didn’t perform as fast as within China: download was 29 minutes and upload took whole 42 minutes.

Another competitor worth mentioning is from Dongguan. We were impressed by the very beautiful web interface and phone app. Very user-friendly, and even though it is in Chinese, it was very easy to navigate. In China upload speed took competitive one minute, but download speed was painful and long 21 minutes in the web browser and 33 minutes from the phone app. Outside of China download speed was 36 minutes and upload 28 minutes, which is quite decent compared to others.

At the moment, speed-wise Qihoo 360 would be the only viable solution for personal use between China and abroad. We hope that when those 237 million users have to shift from closed services to either Baidu or Qihoo, the overall bandwidth would not suffer and speed wouldn’t become unbearable. Since the main goal here seems to be to have fewer Cloud Storages to monitor “illegal” activities like keeping and sharing pornography, it is highly unlikely that any new Cloud solutions will enter the market for the common public.

Business Sector

As for Chinese companies, they will most likely stick with Baidu pan or Qihoo 360 for internal file sharing and storage. But what about foreign companies that need to connect to their International branches? In full article 3 best IT practices to connect offices in China we discussed in detail about all the ways that big enterprises and smaller SMEs connect their businesses to China.

With bigger ones it is fairly simple, they use expensive MPLS lines, that connect directly to their HQ abroad, but it gets trickier with smaller businesses that cannot afford 10.000 RMB per month or above for these lines .Most German and EU companies either use solutions that are under the radar from the public, only used by businesses and don’t receive much buzz in public, or common Microsoft Office 365 provided by Chinese partner 21vianet.

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IBB Cloud or now (NiHao Cloud ) from a Beijing and Shanghai-based Sino-German ICT company come third on the list. Their cloud file sharing service uses the secure and reliable Seafile technology, and they seem to operate their servers in Asia-Pacific region, while having a special connection to China, and thus performing nearly as good as Qihoo or Wei Yun: In China, the download time was three minutes, and the upload speed was identical to Qihoo – only one minute. The download time abroad was again a couple of minutes longer than Qihoo, but the upload time was two minutes faster.

NiHao Cloud Apps and Web Software

A cool fact about NiHao Cloud is its integrated encryption: Companies using the service can have all their files encrypted on their side, so not even the company that stores the data can read it. This feature is often used by EU or German companies, which are sometimes concerned about the security and confidentiality of Chinese Cloud storage solutions and want to make sure there will be no Intellectual Property leakage from the IT side. All libraries are synced with PCs and can be assigned to specific groups like Finance or HR and accessed with a password.

So even though its download speed may not be the best, it syncs document by document in the background automatically, and you don’t need to download files later: Just open them like any other files in your computer.

Additionally, documents can be locked while working on them, so no one else with an access to the shared folder can edit it at that moment. Later on, you can even review the history of every change that was made on the file. The only downside to this solution is that it is not available for public use and even if it was, it does not operate on a freemium business model like Qihoo 360 or Baidu pan.

You can try a free version that gives you up to 2GB free space and allows you to share files to anyone in the word.

One Drive

Surprisingly, Office 365 OneDrive recently became blocked by the GFW, even though it is operated by a local Chinese partner 21vianet. It was possible to drop files to OneDrive client app and have it synced, but the web access was not accessible without VPN. It seems that only a few companies are chosen to provide Cloud services in China in order to better “manage all the illegal content” on the cloud.


China is always changing and adapting to the newest technologies, but still keeping its “traditions” to maintain order in its own style also on the Internet. Therefore, if you would like to upload fast and easy a couple TB’s of selfies (with clothes) or other nonsensitive data on theoretically public Chinese Cloud providers, it’s no big deal, it is fast and it is free, for now.

As for businesses, we would recommend looking for foreign Cloud providers with cross border China connections, which are usually much smaller, less known and focus on the international business environment only.

Update: China’s Public Cloud Crackdown is not Over. Update 2017