Cloud storage is rapidly becoming the chosen way to store data and files; you can access your files from any device and from any location in the world and whenever you want to.
There are a lot of services to choose from and while at a basic level they are similar they do have different features. What follows is an overview of the most popular and their different features. If you’re considering cloud storage an online search will also reveal even more than these.
Dropbox is one of the best known cloud storage services. It provides cloud storage for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS devices as well as Linux and Blackberry. It also provides a service for Windows Phones via an app. A free account provides 2GB of storage, which is ideal for data files but when you try and store photos, music or video it soon gets eaten up. You can upgrade to 1TB plan for £7.99 per month.
Microsoft's OneDrive is built into Windows 10 and this basic account offers 5GB of free storage. That said you can get 50GB of storage for £1.99 per month. There is an option to sign up for Office 365 Personal for £59.99 a year, which includes Word, Excel, Outlook and so on, and get 1TB of storage with this service.
Google Drive provides 15GB of free storage and you get this when you create a Google account. If you already use Gmail then you have access to Google Drive too. However, the cloud storage works across all of Google’s services so if for instance you have large email attachments these are stored in the 15GB of free storage.
Along with its many other offerings Amazon also provides a cloud storage service. The free service offers 5GB of storage but if you’re an Amazon Prime member you get unlimited storage for photos and 5GB for videos, music and other files. £55 a year provides you with unlimited storage.
Mega isn’t as well-known as the above services but it’s well worth checking out. The standard free package provides a generous 50GB of space. It also provides encryption so anything you send to the cloud is encrypted both on-route and on the server. Mega can’t access your information as only users have the encryption key which makes it ultra-secure.
This is also a secure service with your data encrypted on-route and on the company’s servers. You can also enable two-factor authentication. When you sign up you only get 3GB of storage space but also have to try out a free trial of the 'Premium' package which costs £8 a month. You don’t have to pay, as you can choose to revert to the free account when the trial has expired.
iCloud is only really an option if you use an iPhone or iPad as your smartphone or tablet. That said you can store data and files even if they weren’t created in an Apple app, and access them from a PC via iCloud for Windows or icloud.com. You get 5GB of free storage and have to pay £0.79 a month for 50GB.
Knowhow is offered by UK retailer Currys PCWorld. There are three storage options, 200GB, 2TB, and 4TB. However, there are other options such as the number of devices you can use and how many years the packages last which can be a bit confusing.