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Cloud Storage Services

Date Written: 1/26/17

Storing files online in the 'Cloud' is becoming more and more popular each day. Because of this, there are many companies that offer solutions for this and quite a few good options to choose from. Most of them offer some level of free storage with the ability to pay to get more. Storing files using a cloud service can be a good way to backup your files and protect your files if something happens to one of your computers. It also makes sharing files between devices easier than its ever been.

Below is a brief look at some of the most popular cloud storage options along with some pros/cons of each.

Google Drive

Google Drive comes with 15GB of free storage, but you can pay 2 dollars a month for 100GB or 10 dollars a month for 1TB. Google Drive works with Windows, Mac, Android, and IOS.

Pros:

  • Google Drive requires very little setup if you already have a Google account.
  • If you use Gmail, it's easy to save attachments from your e-mail directly to Drive with just a few clicks.
  • The app can automatically back up your photos on its own, without the need for the separate Google Photos app.

Cons:

  • You have to share your storage space with Gmail, so if you're inbox is overflowing, you'll get less cloud storage space.

Dropbox

Dropbox comes with 2GB of free storage, but you are able to earn free storage buy referring someone to Dropbox. You can also pay 10 dollars a month for 1TB of storage. Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phones, Blackberry, and Kindle Fire.

Pros:

  • Dropbox works well on PCs and Macs, Android and iOS.
  • The simple design makes it easy to master.
  • lts desktop applications seamlessly blend with your computer's file system.

Cons:

  • Dropbox's website doesn't let you control how your files are displayed.
  • There are some features that are only available with a paid account.

iCloud

iCloud is a cloud storage service from Apple. It comes with 5GB of free storage, but you can upgrade plans depending on how much storage you need. That ranges from 50GB for $0.99/month to $19.99/month for 2TB. It works with iOS devices and Windows.

Pros:

  • Built-in with Apple products such as iPhones, iPads and Macbooks which makes setup and use, fast and easy.
  • Compatible with Windows as well as Mac and iOS devices. Easy to install on Windows computers.

Cons:

  • No Android or Windows Phone apps.
  • Not as straightforward in some areas as other cloud services.

Microsoft One Drive

Microsoft OneDrive comes with 5GB of free storage, but you can pay two dollars a month for 50GB. Microsoft OneDrive works with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows Phones.

Pros:

  • Works seamlessly with Windows devices because it's built in to the Windows operating system.
  • It's easy to open and edit files from OneDrive in Microsoft's other applications, such as Word or Excel.
  • Signing up for OneDrive gets you a Microsoft account, which gives you access to Outlook, Xbox Live, and other Microsoft services

Cons:

  • OneDrive's automatic file organization doesn't always put files in the correct folders.

Box

Box is a cloud storage service that you can use to store files. It comes with 10GB of free storage, but you can pay 10 dollars a month for 100GB. It works with Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry.

Pros:

  • Box comes with tons of tools for businesses, including collaboration and file privacy control.

Cons:

  • The service's endless list of sharing and privacy features can be lost on someone who's just using the service for personal storage.
  • Because of all those features, it can feel overwhelming to navigate the Box website if you're only trying to manage a few files and folders.
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