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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.

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Technocrati
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9/21/2015 | 8:42:21 PM
Saving the Best for Almost Last ?

Oh Geez !   It just keeps getting better.   I just now saw MEGA and it's 50G of storage for free !    Now that brings a smile to my face !   I am going to spread the wealth around between Copy and Mega !

 

This was a pleasant surprise indeed.

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9/21/2015 | 8:31:15 PM
Re: Lots of options, but it depends on the user

OneDrive does seem like a decent option, but not something I am too excited to get tied up with. 

I might try it one of these days though.

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9/21/2015 | 8:27:22 PM
Document Overload ? Copy Might Just Be the Answer

This was a really timely piece Kelly.   I was just thinking I need to have a better Cloud solution than I have now.  I am using Google's Cloud but it can be annoying at times, so I am going to give Copy a try thanks to you informing me of it's existence.

I plan to use it for documents primarily and I think it might just be the hassle free solution I was looking for !

 

Thanks !

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9/21/2015 | 3:10:32 PM
Lots of options, but it depends on the user
Glad to see some new entrants in this area, and while I personally have access to more traditional services like iCloud and OneDrive, I'm still a heavy dropbox user.  For me, although it is a paid service, after having dropbox for several years, for me it does exactly what I need it to do and works across platforms flawlessly.  I find it's also easier to share files as many folks I know might not have access to other services (although yes, they could simply download from the link) so it makes collaboration easier.

For organizations, I definitely see Box picking up steam, although heavy Microsoft users definitely benefit from the free services with OneDrive.
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