Cloud storage acts as your hard drive in the cloud, giving you convenient access to all of your documents, photos and other files anywhere with an Internet connection. Our top-rated cloud storage services add many more great features, including automatically backing up all your files online, syncing your files across all of your computers and devices so you can work on them no matter where you are, and allowing you to easily share the files you want to with others. Our reviews point out all of the pricing, features and differences of each service so you can pick the best one for you.
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WhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption: What You Need to Know
Early in April, right on the heels of the FBI vs. Apple conflict, the instant messaging service WhatsApp announced that it had deployed end-to-end encryption, joining other popular messaging apps like Apple’s iMessage in using this security feature. While this announcement really only affects WhatsApp’s 1 billion or so users, it shows that some of the […]
Understanding Your Cloud Contract: 3 Things to Be Aware of
The Terms and Conditions contract assigned to any cloud storage service is likely to go unread by those who have scanned the general overview service thinking it would tell them everything they need to know. It isn’t until much later that they realize they’ve signed up to participate in a contract that doesn’t actually fit […]
Android Users: Which Cloud Storage Apps are Best for You?
Data storage is an important part of our day-to-day lives. Not only are cloud storage services available to more than just corporate users and tech junkies, they’ve even made their way into our handheld devices, making it easier than ever for users to back up their content anytime, anywhere. Because smartphones are all constructed differently, […]
5 Do’s and Don’ts of Moving into the Cloud
So, you’ve decided to make the move into the widely-discussed “cloud” or start up an online backup account, and the good news is, you’re not alone. In fact, many Internet users are migrating toward these services to store and back up digital files, including their personal photo library, sensitive documents or even home videos. Storing […]
Store it in the Cloud
Whether you are working on important documents and want to have access to them at all times, or you just want that photo you edited on your laptop to show up simultaneously on your cell phone, Cloud Storage is the one-stop solution you have been looking for. Cloud Storage services ensure that your files are not only stored remotely and are available to you anywhere with an Internet connection, but they can sync these files across all of your devices, making sure that you have the most up-to-date edits and information possible. You can even use most of these services to backup your computer in case of a data-loss emergency.
What is the Difference Between Online Backup and Cloud Storage?
Online Backup and Cloud Storage services are very similar in that they both store your files online for safe keeping, allowing you to access them anywhere with an Internet connection. But while Online Backup is primarily designed to non-intrusively backup your files and restore them to your computer in case of hard drive failure or theft, Cloud Storage is designed to make it easy to regularly access, share and sync your files across multiple devices. While only some online backup services boast these features, most of the cloud storage services we review include backup in addition to file syncing and sharing in their repertoire. Syncing is especially useful for people who find themselves working on multiple devices and need their files to be as up-to-date as possible no matter where they are.
How We Reviewed These Cloud Storage Services
We signed up for each cloud storage service and tested them ourselves. We ran online backup routines, synced files across multiple computers which included Macs as well as PCs, edited files to test update times, accessed files over each service's web interface, and tried out mobile apps where applicable. We were also curious about how enjoyable, intuitive and easy-to-use each program was. The ratings you see here are a compilation of these factors, the storage and sync space each service offers, and how great of a value the service is overall.