Storing your files and photos in the cloud is becoming really popular. Cloud storage allows you to save backups of all your important documents as well as freeing up space on your hard drive. Another benefit of using a cloud storage solution is that you can access your files from any location. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most popular cloud storage solutions.
Dropbox is probably the most popular cloud storage system today. They offer free accounts with limited storage but you can increase your limit by simply referring your friends to this service. There is also a paid upgrade version if you need more storage.
Google Drive’s cloud storage system provides users with 15GB of storage when you link it to your Google Account. It’s a great way to save your documents and photos to the cloud. Plus you can share and edit content with others directly from inside your account. A good solution for team members working on a project together. Updates and edits are saved easily so there is no need to worry about whether or not you have the latest version of a document.
OneDrive (formerly Sky Drive)
OneDrive is from Microsoft and it integrates with Office 2013 and Office 365. If your computer runs Windows 8.1 you have cloud storage automatically installed on your system. This allows you to save your important documents in the cloud for extra protection or easy access. If you’re running Windows 7 or Vista, you can install the OneDrive desktop app on your computer. This creates a OneDrive folder on your PC that’s kept in sync with OneDrive. You can choose to save copies of your files to OneDrive, or to remove files from your computer and keep them only on OneDrive.
Box has been around longer than Dropbox, but is not as well known with small business owners. They have always focused more on larger corporations but are now targeting the other end of the spectrum and are offering personal accounts with 10 GB of free storage. Box is easy to use and can be synched to your computer so all your documents are always up to date.
iCloud is for users of Apple devices. It integrates with Apple’s iWork Office Suite as well as iPad and iPhone apps. An interesting benefit of using iCloud is their “Find My iPhone” feature that can help you find or lock your phone should you lose it. It also keeps track of your iTunes and other purchases, and they don’t count against your storage space. You can set up iCloud on all your devices and receive 5 GB of free storage for your files and documents.
Just Cloud is another storage option but this is a paid site. The advantage of using Just Cloud is that you can choose the files you want to backup, and any changes to them will be automatically synced in the cloud. You can schedule backups for your computer as well. This might be a good choice for small business owners who are looking for an easy way to back up all of their files on a regular basis.
All of the above cloud storage solutions provide you with an easy way to store and protect your documents. Perfect for business and personal use alike.