Top 5 The Best Cloud Storage Services for 2015
Do you remember the days of emailing yourself files so you could work on one document from two different computers? In college, I used to draft essays in the computer lab, then email myself the Word document so that when I got home, I log onto my roommate’s computer, download the paper, and finish it there. It’s a highly error-prone and now outdated system thanks to online cloud storage and file-syncing.
Part online collaborative office suite, and part cloud storage platform, Google Drives offers everything you need to stay productive. Google Drive also has downloadable desktop programs that enable file syncing. Another perk is that files you create in Google Drive, as opposed to those you upload, don’t count toward your already-generous, free 15GB storage allotment. Paid accounts start at $1.99 per month for 100GB, and you can get 1TB for $9.99 per month. For collaborative projects, it’s one sweet package. It is Google, though, and some people may not be comfortable with its privacy terms and conditions.
Available on: Windows, Mac, Web, Chrome, Android, iOS
You’d be hard-pressed to find an online backup solutions with as many features as IDrive. For $59.50 per year, IDrive gives you 1TB of storage, apps for just about every platform, file syncing, and more. A free account offers 5GB of space, which isn’t too shabby for anyone interested in trying out this wonderful online backup service.
Available on: Windows, Mac, Web, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Linux/Unix
CrashPlan by Code42 is an online backup service that offers a neat twist to those who don’t necessarily want to keep their files in the cloud. It lets you choose a personal computer, either your own or a friend’s, to use for storage place instead of CrashPlan’s own servers. If you use the online cloud storage, you can get unlimited space for $59.99 per year. CrashPlan is fast, easy to use, and very flexible.
Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux, Web, Android, iOS, Windows Phone
CertainSafe’s angle is that it provides encrypted cloud storage that’s extremely secure, although it’s positioned more for business users than home users. Nevertheless, you can sign up for $8.77 per month per user and get 5GB storage that you can share with others. CertainSafe is so secure, it’s HIPAA-compliant.
Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux, Web, Android, iOS
Among file-syncing services, SugarSync remains the most intuitive. SugarSync is similar to Dropbox, only it lets you sync any files and folders you want while preserving your folder structure. There’s no need to move all your content for syncing into a Dropbox-like folder, although if you’re more comfortable with that method, SugarSync’s Magic Briefcase will do the trick. There is no truly free account with SugarSync, although you can try it out for 90 days. Among paid plans, a 100GB account costs $9.99 per month or $74.99 per year. A 500GB account costs $39.99 per month or $249.99 per year, with the first year discounted to $124.99. SugarSync also has excellent and intuitive mobile apps.
Available on: Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android