The cloud has revolutionized the way users back up and store data. If you want cloud storage service for personal use that you can really rely on, here is what you should consider, as well as some of the best options currently available.
Why Use Cloud Storage?
If you’re interested in backing up and storing your personal photos, music, films, and documents in cloud storage to ensure their safety, then you should opt for a well-established and reputable company that is not likely to get into financial trouble and go bust overnight. Remember, if the company that hosts your cloud storage service goes under, the chances are all your data will go down with them. Always pick a name you can rely on. Here’s a lowdown of some of the most popular choices on the market:
Amazon Cloud Drive
If you have an Amazon account, you already have an Amazon Cloud Drive account, so you should make use of it. Just visit the Amazon home page and head in the direction of the Cloud Drive menu choice. The sign up/setup process is simple. Initially, you’ll get 5 GB of free storage; after that, it’s a dollar per GB per year. It’s easy to select and upload multiple files to the Cloud Drive, and although Amazon Cloud Drive doesn’t have a lot of the extra functions a sky storage device such as SkyDrive can offer, it does what it is supposed to do. Be aware that if you’re looking to back up and store your music, you’ll need to use the Amazon Cloud Player, which is separate from the Cloud Drive.
If you own an Apple device, Apple iCloud is an obvious choice. This cloud storage device automatically backs up your Mac, iPhone, or iPad and syncs all your photos, music, videos, calendars, contacts, and some document types across all your devices. You can even access your iCloud data through a Windows PC. Any music you’ve purchased through iTunes will automatically become available when you log into iTunes on any device. Apple will give you 5 GB of space to get started with. If that’s not enough, you can go for gold and up the ante to 55 GB for as little as $100 per year.
Once billed as a free online alternative to Microsoft Office, Google Docs has re-branded itself as Google Drive. It has now earned the reputation of being a leading player when it comes to storing, editing, collaborating, and syncing documents. This cloud storage device retains the office productivity apps it made its name with and works just as well, if not better than, Dropbox and SugarSync. And if you’re going to store your files in a place which renders them easily accessible in your day-to-day life, where better to store them than Google?
Thanks to advancements in technology, cloud storage is a possibility for everyone. A cloud storage service provides you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your precious data is safe no matter what happens to the hardware you currently store it on. It also allows you to sync files across multiple devices, which makes working and sharing on the go so much more accessible and convenient than ever before (remember: without a robust broadband connection the cloud is useless, so use an internet speed test before any big purchase).