The Best Cloud Storage Services
Backing up your files to a cloud storage provider is a great way to protect your data, but choosing the right one for you isn 8217;t always easy. Our favorite overall service is iDrive, with its affordable pricing, great feature set, and introductory free storage package. But it 8217;s not the only one we like. If you are fully tied into Google, Apple, or Microsoft ecosystems, their cloud services might be a better choice for you.
iDrive supports multiple device backup on any numbers of Windows PCs, MacOS systems, iOS and Android smart devices, tablets, and more, all linked to a single account. You can backup entire disk images, backup your most important files and folders to external drives as well as the cloud, and access your entire backup through a web browser, desktop client, or mobile app.
For those who like to take their backup in hand, there are options for the types of files you want to store, how often they 8217;re backed up, and there 8217;s even the option to secure your files with a private encryption key if you want.
Concerned about download or upload rates? iDrive will send you a hard drive to make sending them your data faster, or send one out to you with your data on it, to give you a faster restore process.
Dropbox boasts excellent sharing abilities. Invite someone to share a particular Dropbox folder with you and that folder will appear right on their desktop. You can also send a link to an individual document or image. In addition, folders full of images can be viewed as a gallery, making Dropbox a viable photo-sharing alternative to Imgur and Flickr.
Google Drive is heavily integrated into the Chrome OS and Android environments, offering expansive storage for devices with limited local storage. Paid customers can also enjoy in-depth support for all Google Services under the Google One program, with phone, chat, and email options.
Signing up is as simple as logging in with a Gmail address and password. From there, Google Drive appears right in your Google toolbar, just a click away from your email inbox. You can drag-and-drop files straight into your browser, or download the desktop client to have access to Google Drive as a folder, just like with Dropbox.
Google Drive 8217;s standout features are its sharing and collaboration tools. Thanks to integration with Gmail and other Google services, you can share files with a click, with or without requiring a password. When you work with partners on the same word file, spreadsheet, or presentation, either separately or right at the same time, Google Drive marks the contributions of each person with different colored labels to make clear what has changed.
If you don 8217;t have a pressing reason to choose another service, then it 8217;s hard to go wrong with OneDrive. Furthermore, if you 8217;ve bought into Microsoft 8217;s Windows 10 ecosystem, then OneDrive is one of the best solutions for you. It touts a decent amount of free space (5GB), along with inexpensive upgrades and the ability to get 1TB of storage with an Office 365 subscription. Microsoft 8217;s cross-platform strategy means that mobile support is very strong, including Android, iPhone, and iPad.
You can also post photos directly from OneDrive to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social-networking sites, which can save time for busy social network users. The service also offers built-in remote access capabilities. From the OneDrive.com website, you can get access to any PC associated with your account that has the OneDrive client installed, even files not already uploaded to OneDrive.
Free accounts start at 10GB, and a Starter accounts provide 100GB of storage for $10/month. There are also business plans that offer more storage and capabilities, such as version history, password-protected sharing, and search abilities. All accounts, even free ones, allow you to share files or folders with a link. Box also integrates the ability to add comments and assign tasks for easy collaboration and workflow management.标签：