Thanks to the growing number of sites that offer free online storage, you can now have backup copies of your photos, music, videos, and other files, as well as copies of your business telephone contacts in the cloud without having to pay any fee. While it is still best and recommended that you have personal backups in case your online file storage gets closed down or experiences issues, storing your files in the cloud makes it much easier to access them anywhere and anytime you need them. Where can you store your important files for backup online? Here are some suggestions.
- Popular Cloud Storage Sites
Dropbox and Google Drive are two of the leading providers of cloud storage. There is also the Apple iCloud to store photos, books and even music from your iOS device and the Amazon Cloud Drive. Google offers 5 GB while Dropbox gives its users an initial 2 GB of free storage. Dropbox users, however, get additional storage of up to 18 GB when they refer people to use the Dropbox service. Other than Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud and the Amazon Cloud Drive, there are also a number of new online storage sites that can store your files in the cloud for free.Some even provide special features and more storage than Dropbox and Google Drive. Below are some of these cloud storage sites that you might want to check out:
One of the creators of Mega.co.nz, Kim Dotcom, is the founder of the controversial, now defunct sharing website Megaupload. The popularity of Kim Dotcom is partly responsible for the buzz that Mega gets. Only a month after its launch on January 19, 2013, Mega already boasts of more than three million registered users. The site already hosts around 125 million files. Mega’s rise to fame cannot only be attributed to the media attention that it gets though. People flock to register for a Mega account because of its almost too-good-to-be-true free storage offering of up to 50 GB per account. Yes, that’s 32 GB more than Dropbox’s maximum free storage. There is also no restriction in terms of file size. 50 GB is already big enough that most users will not likely find a need for extra storage space. Should you need more storage space, you can upgrade to Mega’s pro packages starting at € 9.99 per month. The Pro 1 package gives you 500GB storage and 1TB bandwidth allowance. Another popular feature of the Mega storage site is the way it secures hosted files. Files that are uploaded to Mega are encrypted and only the account holder gets hold of the decryption keys.
Just like Mega, Box.com is offering its new users a 50 GB free storage allowance despite its 250 MB maximum file size restriction. Box also allows users to edit documents in the cloud using their preferred editing program such as Microsoft Word.
One of the features of the SkyDrive.live.com cloud storage is its ability to allow users to remotely access their files that are not in their SkyDrive. With prior setup and the computer booted, you can use SkyDrive to access and copy files in your computer’s hard drive remotely.
If you have important files in your mobile phone that you want to back up on the go, consider downloading the ADrive mobile app for either your Android or IOS device. You can download the ADrive app for free. Nonetheless, if you find the advertisements distracting, you can always upgrade to the paid version. The ADrive mobile app allows you to upload and download files from your mobile devices.