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10 Cloud Storage Options For Your Personal Files

There are many cloud service providers, and choosing the right one for your personal and business needs can be tricky. Here's a look at what the top vendors have to offer.
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A rapidly growing number of mobile employees and consumers are moving their files and folders to the cloud. You're probably one of them.

Personal cloud services are evolving each day, and today's users have a wealth of options. Tech giants such as Google and Microsoft offer increasingly complex cloud services and compete with new platforms like DropBox and Copy. 

Having a wealth of options is a good thing, but it can be overwhelming for prospective customers. Each cloud provider offers plans designed to benefit businesses and individual consumers, and it can be difficult to decide which is best suited to meet your professional and personal needs.

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Today's cloud providers are doing more than storing files. Platforms such as Google Drive enable users to create spreadsheets and presentations. Up-and-coming services such as Mega are planning to implement communications tools. Most providers offer competitive options for storing and backing up data.

Moving to the cloud comes with risk, and those who embrace cloud services are doing so with caution. As cloud computing continues to grow, so do industry-wide concerns about customer privacy and information security in the cloud.

With security concerns, storage demands, pricing, and other factors to juggle in the shopping process, it can be tough to know which service is best for you. Here, we dive into the specifics of 10 popular cloud services to help you decide.

Which of these services do you use? What do you like or dislike about it? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

Kelly Sheridan is Associate Editor at Dark Reading. She started her career in business tech journalism at Insurance & Technology and most recently reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft and business IT. Sheridan earned her BA at Villanova University. View Full Bio

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nomii
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nomii,
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9/27/2015 | 4:35:26 AM
Re: Roll your own

@Technocrati I am very much in favour of going with my own hard drive to save the files. It is always very hard to get your files on the cloud and with the fear of loosing it all through security breach. At least I will be confident that my files are safe wth me.  :)

Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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9/25/2015 | 6:41:40 PM
Re: Lots of options, but it depends on the user

@SachinEE    Thanks for the information regarding Microsoft's option.  I have a Windows 8.1 laptop and I see it offered but I just don't like the interface much and I just hate to be dependent on Microsoft anymore than I already am.

But since the laptop isn't going anywhere - I'll wait and see what inprovements come about.

Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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9/25/2015 | 6:35:34 PM
Re: Roll your own

@moarsauce123   Great point !  I was thinking of doing just that - but until I install that extra drive - I was looking for a quick fix !  : ) 

moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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9/25/2015 | 7:16:49 AM
Roll your own
You can also simply set up a web / FTP server on your home box and use that. At least you know where your files are.
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9/24/2015 | 9:46:54 AM
No Amazon Cloud Drive?
I was surprised that Amazon Cloud Drive didn't make the list. I have an unilimited account for only $59/year. Maybe because that was a limited time offer?
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SachinEE,
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9/23/2015 | 9:36:28 AM
Re: Document Overload ? Copy Might Just Be the Answer
@Technocrati: Google Drive is slow at times and that gets on my nerves. Moreover the folder upload goes through a lot of hash checks so if there is any encrypted or registry files, they get compressed. Which is not good. I lost a locker of passwords because of this. When will Google Drive allow all files. 
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SachinEE,
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9/23/2015 | 9:30:33 AM
Re: Lots of options, but it depends on the user
@Technocrati: Microsoft always had an all rounder approach, it's not the best but it will be if Microsoft provides good support features. 
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SachinEE,
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9/23/2015 | 9:28:36 AM
Re: Expensive User Licenses
@Cft: Not just that they don't have proper support tools as well. I know about Google Drive, it has a lot of tools in its disposal. Haven't used Box, but DropBox doesn't cut it enough for me.
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9/22/2015 | 3:18:30 PM
Expensive User Licenses
It's amazing that people love Box and Dropbox so much. In my experience, these services simply lack enteprise features. And $15/user a month? Ridiculous. That's $180 a year. If you have 10 users and need 100 GB, you're seriously going to charge me $1800+ every year? At my current cloud service provider, I'm paying for $660/year on 100 GB and 10 users. Why Box? Why Dropbox? Because they're popular? Do your research, these are expensive services that severely lack truly enterprise-grade services. Not worth the money at all.
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9/22/2015 | 1:03:27 PM
Wouldn't trust most cloud...
storage for sensitive info. I use Google Drive for work-related project management stuff, Dropbox for sharing images, iCloud for backing up personal stuff from my iPhone, Carbonite to back up all my files. But for sensitive data I use and recommend CertainSafe. Their cloud storage is the only one that has MicroEncryption which uses tokenization to encrypt data down to the byte level. One example is a document that has all my master passwords for all my accounts. That doc would be devastating to lose, so that one definitely is stored on CertainSafe.
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