4 Cloud Storage Alternatives To DropBox

4 Cloud Storage Alternatives To DropBox

An excellent way to save data online, Dropbox makes sure that your files always stay close to you, regardless of where you are. It works with office computers, personal laptops, tablets, smartphones, and, of course, on your desktop. This cloud storage technology can also give you file synchronization and stands ready to perform all functions of a complete file hosting service. But not everybody likes Dropbox; the reasons for dropping it include a perceived lack of storage space and the cost. And so some people are looking beyond Dropbox for something quick, efficient, and elegant. Here are some other options to consider if Dropbox is not your cup of tea:

pCloud

If security is your main concern when uploading to a cloud service, whether because your information is privileged or sensitive or proprietary, you may really appreciate an extra layer of vigilance in your hosting service.

With pCloud you not only get more free storage space than with any other venue currently out there — more than 20 GB — but an additional blanket of security and protection. Using a so far unhackable encryption technique in their software, pCloud guarantees that your personal files stay private and inaccessible to anyone but you alone.

Also unlike Dropbox, pCloud does not use the storage of your device to keep files. They are in the cloud but you can access them in real-time. Of course, you can use ¨Sync¨ to access and edit files even when you are offline.

OneDrive

If your smartphone or computer is running on Microsoft Windows you might want to consider using OneDrive. The upside of using this system is that the uploading of files takes no more than two seconds to achieve, with just three clicks of the mouse, phone screen, or touch pad.

It’s got 15 GB of no-fee storage space, so you can upload a variety of videos, photos, music files, and, of course, documents, among other things. Also, with just one Microsoft account you will be able to view all your data from different device portals — this is a real bonus for business people and tourists who do a lot of traveling. OneDrive is still a bit crude and inconvenient when it comes to sharing and sorting files on the internet; but if you’re not in a big hurry and have a bit of patience, it’s could be a good fit.

Google Drive

Google strives to be user-friendly on many different levels, and so it just makes good business sense for them to have immense storage space available for you, their beloved consumer. Needless to say, it’s connected to your Gmail and Google account. It’s called Google Drive. It is increasing in popularity for data storage, mostly because of the ease of editing and file sharing. This is especially useful when you’ve got a group of people who need to access and edit a document simultaneously.

You get 15 GB of storage space with Google Drive, for free. You can also buy more storage space if you need it; for instance if you’re in the habit of uploading huge video files onto your account. And the good news is that the pricing keeps getting lower.

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon created Amazon Cloud Drive in 2011 to get on the cloud storage bandwagon. Counting on their ubiquitous presence on the internet, they offer much less free storage space than other cloud file services; it’s only 5 GB. But trust in their brand remains very high, and so does their customer base.

Consumers that shop frequently on Amazon and/or use Kindle are the most likely to choose Amazon Cloud Drive so they can have all their tech and app eggs in one basket. Amazon Cloud Drive is accessible from dozens of devices at the same time and features an automatic backup system that lets you retrieve uploaded photos and videos even when you have lost your phone.

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