How To Choose A Cloud Storage Service
Tired of relying on easy-to-misplace flash drives and expensive external hard drives to store all your pictures, videos, documents and other important files you want to keep?
The “Cloud” has become the ultimate solution for both professionals and casual consumers for storing their important files.
What exactly is Cloud storage?
Well, the Cloud is basically just fancy tech jargon for massive scale online storage provided by huge networks of storage servers. These huge collections of servers with a seemingly unlimited amount of storage provide the benefits of data redundancy (you won’t lose any of your files if a storage drive goes bad because it is duplicated and spread across multiple drives) and of course the primary benefit of accessibility, being able to access your files from anywhere, anytime, on multiple types of devices.
As our personal collections of data grow, storing on physical devices like flash drives and external hard drives becomes tedious, expensive, and prone to failure in the case of hard drives, or being lost in the case of flash drives.
How do I choose the right Cloud storage service?
The major factors to consider when choosing a provider are:
Cost: Most start free, but as your storage size grows so does your cost. The rates are quite inexpensive, but it’s a good idea to estimate how much storage you’ll need and get an idea of what bracket you might end up in when comparing pricing.
Accessibility: Some storage providers also include great support for multiple devices in the form of mobile apps for accessing files and photos.
Format: Some services allow all file types, while others focus specifically on photos or videos, so keep that in mind when considering what type of files you’ll be storing.
Security / Longevity: We suggest sticking to the big names in the industry that have a proven track record of ensuring your files will be safe and secure.
Our team has selected a few of out top choices for your Cloud storage needs.
Great for general file storage and sharing:
Simplicity is the name of the game with DropBox. An easy-to-use folder style interface, apps for both Android and iOS devices, and the ability to store all file types makes it a winner for general storage.
Slightly less expensive than Google Drive for larger storage sizes, and an interface modeled after Windows 10 makes OneDrive easy to use, and they even throw in some Microsoft productivity tools for free.
Great for avid photographers and videos:
While most people are already familiar with the office-oriented Google Drive for general storage and sharing, Google Photos offers a much more stylish solution for storage focused on photos and videos.
Flickr is a long-standing trusted name in the photo storage business and they provide a great platform for sharing your collection and a generous free starting account. However Flickr only accepts JPEG, GIF and PNG file types.