5 Best cloud storage services for personal use
We have compared 5 of the most popular cloud storage services for personal use to see which one fits you the best. The first aspect that we usually choose a storage is the amount of free space. However, most solutions will include a degree of free storage but if you backup photos and media, this can run out quickly. Aside from amount of storage space, we have to look at which operating systems are supported, security, maximum file size and the accessibility. Here are 5 options that scored best in the different areas:
IDrive offers a ‘one stop shop’ solution that enables you to backup everything – PC, Mac, devices and even Facebook pictures into the same account. IDrive offers strong privacy options like other multiple devices and social media backup. IDrive also has an unusual way to kickstart your backup: a physical hard drive is delivered to you for storing data before sending back to IDrive so that you don’t have to worry about using your full bandwidth allowance for weeks on end to get a full copy in the cloud. The file size is unlimited and you will get 5GB of free storage.
It is perhaps the biggest name in cloud storage, Dropbox is many people’s first choice. It is a popular choice for free personal storage of 2GB; thanks to its simple interface and competitive pricing. Dropbox syncs your files automatically and allows you to share them with your family and friends even if they don’t have a Dropbox account. It’s extremely usable and intuitive, and files can be accessed from any device. Not to mention, with the desktop client software, you can experience unlimited file size uploading to Dropbox.
The giant of the web, Google provides a reliable and low-cost solution for cloud storage and much more. You get 15GB of free storage. The catch is private. Many cloud storage companies are moving towards a model of charging little or nothing up-front, but monetising their customers by using their data for a variety of purposes, including advertising. Google is the master at this, which is a double-edged sword. You get extremely cheap storage – and it’s hooked into all of their many other offerings, including email and a span of online editing and sharing tools. The file size limit is 15TB, which will be enough for most personal use.
Mozy is well-known and trusted in the industry, used by over 6 million individuals. It especially stands out for its ‘set it and forget it’ option, which means you can schedule backup for a time (or times) of day that’s convenient – it’s customisable to suit you. You can control how much bandwidth your backup uses to speed up or slow down the process. There’s also a strong emphasis on security, with double encryption (256-bit AES or 448-bit managed Blowfish key, plus transfer with an SSL-encrypted connection). File size is unlimited but there is no free option with Mozy.
JustCloud is also one of the strong providers out there. There are free mobile apps and you can share files with friends easily. It’s a straightforward and automated service that aims to make hard drives obsolete, with a huge breadth of devices and operating systems supported. There’s also unlimited file versioning, which means every new version of a document is recorded, so you won’t lose a file if you make a mistake – you can always revert to an old one. Files are encrypted with 256-bit secured socket layer encryption. There is 1 GB of free space to start you off and the file size is unlimited.
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