By now, everyone should know what the cloud is. With a whole lot of cloud storage services available here and there, it gets quite hard to choose which one would best suit your needs. So according to Reviewster.com here is a rundown on seven different cloud storage services, to help you find the one that will work best for you.
Dropbox provided the benchmark for cloud storage services, with it being one of, if not the first, cloud storage devices available. When you sign up for a free account, you get 2 GB of cloud storage. It may not seem much at first, but 2 GB is quite big for documents. However, you may increase your storage space, 500 MB at a time, by referring your friends to the service. Files and folders may be shared to your friends even if they’re non-Dropbox users, by sending them a link to the location of the data. For a certain monthly fee, you can upgrade to the 1 TB storage plan.
When you setup your Google account, your Google Drive comes for free. It comes with 15 GB of storage space that is shared across other Google services such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and YouTube. Google Drive works as a client and is available on both PC and Mac with mobile versions for both Android and iOS.
Previously known as SkyDrive, OneDrive is a cloud storage service created by Microsoft, primarily targeting Window users, of course. Upon signing up for an account, you would be getting 15 GB of cloud storage for free, with the option of extending it to 20 GB with the use of referrals (500 MB per referral). An additional 3 GB will come free if you link your OneDrive to your phone’s camera roll, to automatically backup your photos to your cloud.
Box is best used for business purposes, as it makes sure all the information you upload is encrypted and is kept for safety. A free account will come with 10 GB of cloud storage, and every document upload is limited to only 250 MB. Premium plans – 100 GB of storage with a file size limit of 5 GB, or 100 GB of storage with a file size limit of 2 GB – can be purchased for certain fees. Box is compatible to most mobile devices – iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry.
When you sign up for an iCloud account, you get 5 GB of storage space for free. What’s great about the Apple iCloud is that it can store any document even if it wasn’t created using an app from Apple and can be accessed through a PC via iCloud for Windows or icloud.com. However, Apple iCloud still doesn’t have an app for non-Apple phones or tablets.
Spideroak is a great cloud service provider for those who have issues with privacy and security. A basic free account in Spideroak comes with 2 GB of storage, upgradeable to a maximum of 10 GB through a referral system.
Amazon Cloud Drive
A free Amazon Cloud Drive account comes with 5 GB of storage, fully upgradeable to 1 TB for a certain monthly or annual fee. The desktop app is available for both PC and Mac, through a folder that just stays in the background. A mobile app is available too, for Android and iOS devices.
All cloud storage devices are made differently, with other services providing more storage space than the other. Now, choosing which cloud storage to use just comes down to a matter of preference.
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