Online Storage Solutions
So you keep all your stuff on your PC? On a separate hard drive? On another PC? In a filing cabinet like Spacey? What could go wrong?
Fire. Theft. Equipment failure. Loss. You get the idea. How many times have you heard of someone who’s lost all their photos because their laptop died?
You really should be saving your important stuff somewhere safe online.
Amazon have a couple of options for online storage: Amazon Cloud Drive & Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). If you have an Amazon Fire Tablet or are an Amazon Prime member then Cloud Drive is a no-brainer since it offers unlimited storage (unlimited photos only for Fire Tablet owners) as part of the membership. Otherwise, there’s a 3 month free trial and a cost of $60 a year thereafter.
However, Amazon offers S3 storage for developers – you get 5GB free. All you have to do is say you are a developer and sign up.
Microsoft offers 5GB of free space on their OneDrive platform. If you use Windows and Office you can even link your account to your PC so it appears like a drive on your computer. If you want more space it’ll cost $1.99 a month for 50GB. One drive also includes an online (light) version of Microsoft Office so you can create documents online from any computer.
Google offer 15GB of free storage. They also have an app which will sync a folder on your computer to their platform automatically. $1.99 a month will give you 100GB of storage space. Google’s Drive platform also gives you access to Google Docs, their version of Office, where you can create documents from any computer.
Dropbox offer 2GB of free space. Like others, they have an app which will sync to a folder on your computer. It also works on just about every platform and device you can imagine. There are a number of ways (such as referring others, uploading photos from mobile devices, etc) to increase the free amount of storage up to a maximum of 16GB. $8.25 a month will get you 1TB of storage.
Originally only for Apple users, these days iCloud can be installed on Windows too. Apple gives you 5GB of storage for free and 200GB for $2.99 a month. If you’re a Mac or iPhone user it’s pretty much built in to the operating system. If you’re a Windows user there’s an app which will sync a folder automatically.
Mega is based in New Zealand (all others in this article are in the USA). They offer 50GB of free space and 200GB for $4.99 a month. Mega prides itself on security and offers end-to-end encryption on all file storage meaning even they don’t know what you have saved. Note: Mega was originally created by Kim Dotcom who became a US fugitive due to his ownership of a file sharing platform, Megaupload. Mega is no longer involved with Kim Dotcom.
There are plenty of other online file storage services available. We have just listed the most common here. We recommend each of these. Why not sign up for a free account with all of them?