Information storage has seen an evolution with the advent of cloud storage services which offer users the ability to store data online so that it can be accessed it from any location and through any device. The term cloud reflects remote servers which are accessed through the internet. These services host your precious data which makes it important to choose the right one for you.
The most important aspect to look for is obviously the amount of storage you receive for the money you pay. Depending on the nature of the data that you wish to store, you must also look for features such as privacy levels, security, and accessibility. The following are the best cloud storage services available at the moment.
• Dropbox, one of the most familiar names in cloud storage services, allows users from a variety of operating systems such as Windows, Linux, Blackberry, mac OS, iOS and Android. Although it offers users a free 2GB storage, you can earn up to 16GB – 500 MB for each friend who signs up for the service. It is a basic file storage service in the cloud and its simple design means it is easy to set up and use.
• OneDrive, from Microsoft, is tempting compared to Dropbox as it offers users free 5GB of storage and 50GB if you upgrade to a basic account for $1.99 per month. Plus, if you sign up for Office365, you get 1TB storage for $6.99 per month.
• Google Drive gives you 15GB of free Google online storage which includes Google Drive, Google Photos, and Gmail. There is no option of adding storage through referrals but if you buy a Chromebook, you get 100GB free for two years. If you have a Gmail, you can already access Google Drive from any capable device.
• Box focuses more on its business and IT users with features like providing high privacy, customer-managed encryption, sharing files with colleagues, assigning tasks, leaving comments on someone’s work, and getting notifications when a file changes. It offers an attractive 10GB free space but limits file sizes up to 250MB. Upgrading to a $6 per month per user will get you 100GB storage with an upload limit of 2GB per file.
• iCloud, from Apple, gets you 5GB of free storage on iCloud and you can upgrade to a paid plan for up to 1TB. iCloud Photo Library allows you to store every photo and video you take and with iCloud Drive, you can store all your documents on iCloud and make them accessible from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, and on iCloud.com. The biggest limitation of iCloud is the fact that there is no app for Windows, Android or Blackberry.