Top Free Online Storage Services

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Cloud storage is a way to store your files in a virtual hard drive installed on your desktop and linked to an online storage facility. Once you have added files to your free online storage they will be accessible via your cloud account on any device that you have the cloud storage application installed on.
 
 
 
The advantages of this are:

  1. You can easily access your files from different devices enabling you to quickly work on documents and have them immediately updated.
  2. You can easily share large files or folders with other by giving them the permission link to access your cloud folder (once they have installed the same service).
  3. You can have the peace-of-mind that if for any reason your devices are stolen or broken then your data is safely stored online.

Obviously to protect your account security you need to be vigilante about changing your passwords reguarly and using differing passwords to your other online services. you should also check all files for malware and viruses and not open any files you deem to be suspect. Most of the free cloud storage services has a limit to how much data you can upload, before you have to pay for extra space, however there are quite a few free cloud storage services out there so if you use a number of them then you could have ample free online storage available to use.

Dropbox

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Drop box is available to anyone who has an email address and is available on a staggering amount of devices, making it easy to access your data. Even better, there is also an web portal where you can log in with your email address and password, meaning you can access your Dropbox account from any Internet connection, a feature which can be extrememly useful if you need to access a file and you haven’t got your own devices with you.

How much free cloud storage do you get?

Dropbox give you 2GB of free storage but you can increase this for free by introducing friends to Dropbox. For every friend that you refer to Dropbox, your account level will increase by 500MB up to a maximum free level of 18GB.

How much to upgrade?

Dropbox Pro plans start from $9.99. month for 100GB.

Are there any system requirements?

Dropbox applications can be downloaded to Windows, OSX, Android, iOS, Blackberry operating systems and devices. You can additionally access Dropbox through any web browser.

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Apple iCloud

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If you have a load of Apple devices or are simply a diehard Apple fan, then iCloud is the free online storage option for you. It enables you to store all your music, videos, books and photos and sync them between your various devices. However it does not allow you to back up your files or sync your emails, however if you are working with Apple devices then it is the most simple way to store and sync your other files.

How much free cloud storage do you get?

Apple iCloud initially gives you 5GB free storage.

How much to upgrade?

For $20/ year you can get an extra 10GB, $40/ year an extra 20GB and for $100 year you can get an extra 50GB of storage.

Are there any system requirements?

iCloud is available for use on Apple iOS (5 or newer_ and OSX (Lion or newer) devices and Windows (Vista or newer).

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Google Drive

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Google Drive is available to any Google user, you simply have to have a Google account, be it Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs or one of the other Google Services. It syncs with Google Docs so if anyone updates a Google Docs file then it is automatically updated across all Google Drive devices. You can store all types of file on Google Drive and access them from any device you have the app installed on, via your Google account.

How much free cloud storage do you get?

You can get up to 5GB free Google Drive storage.

How much to upgrade?

Storage plans start from $2.49/month for an extra 25GB of storage. Plans are available up to a whopping 16TB of data.

Are there any system requirements?

Google Drive applications are available for Windows, OSX, Android, iOS, Blackberry operating systems and devices. You can also access Google Drive from any web browser, via your Google account.

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Amazon Cloud Drive

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Amazon’s contribution to cloud storage is the free online storage service Amazon Cloud Drive. It offers storage space for photos, documents, videos and other digital files. These files can be accessed via a downloadable desktop application or via your Amazon account from any web browser. An extra bonus included is the Cloud player service which allows you to store up to 250 songs in the Cloud in addition to your other data, to be played on a Kindle device or Amazon app on other devices.

How much free cloud storage do you get?

You get up to 5GB free storage with the basic account.

How much to upgrade?

Upgrade packages start from $20/ year for 20GB of storage up to $1000/ year for 1000GB.

Are there any system requirements?

Amazon Cloud Drive applications are available for Windows, OSX, Android, iOS, Blackberry operating systems and devices. You can also access Amazon Drive from any web browser, via your Amazon account.

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Sky Drive

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Skydrive is the online storage facility provided by Microsoft. All you need to do to be able to have one of the largest free storage allowances, is to have a Hotmail, Live or Outlook.com email account. Skydrive applications are available for both Windows and OSX operating systems and a number of mobile devices. For your convenience you can also access your Skydrive account from any web browser, giving you access to your data from anywhere in the world. There is the option to make your folders “public” to be viewed by anyone, “shared” to be viewed by people you invite and “private” to be viewed by you, giving you complete control over access to your files.

How much free cloud storage do you get?

The Skydrive free allowance is a whopping 7GB of data storage.

How much to upgrade?

Skydrive upgrade packages start from $10/ year for 20GB.

Are there any system requirements?

Skydrive applications are available for Windows, OSX, Android, iOS, Blackberry operating systems and devices. You can also access Amazon Drive from any web browser, via your Microsoft account.
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