Free Cloud Storage may be the best thing since sliced bread. It allows you to access your files from anywhere in the world which is especially important for the growing numbers of digital nomads. HEre are twelve options you can use to unlock the power of cloud storage without breaking the bank.
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Evernote has a lot of features that aren’t immediately apparent to a casual observer. You can take a picture and categorize files to find them almost instantly no matter where you are in the world. You can also integrate with a lot of other apps to instantly store useful or important data.
I like Dropbox so much because of the amount of integrations you can do. It basically follows you around everywhere and allows you to share so easily. The major problem I’ve gotten is the lack of storage space before you’re forced to upgrade. You can get a few more GB by inviting other users and completing a few onboarding steps.
Tresorit can be kind of confusing. To get to the free plan, you have to try out the aid plan first. Although you can downgrade, without paying, it’s still a little annoying. Either way, it comes with 3GB of storage and the security is top notch.
Mega takes your data security very very seriously. They have multiple levels of encryption so strong that they can’t even access your data. The free package gives you 50 GB free (Wonder why I would ever upgrade).
OneDrive is Microsoft’s solution to cloud storage, it comes with 15GB of free storage and the ability to upgrade to 1TB or more starting at 6.99/m. More recently, they’ve cut back on the allowance of unlimited storage you get when signing up for office365 because of a few users who decided to take them up on their offer. They stored hundreds of terabytes of video and pissed Microsoft off.
Copy is a decent alternative to the big name players and allows you to access your data through a web portal or desktop client. It starts with 15gb of free storage and the referral system is very generous with 5GB per new user. Update: This app is being discontinued in May 2016.
pCloud starts with 10 GB of free storage space and with every referral, you get an additional GB of storage up to a maximum of 20GB. This is one of the most generous referral programs on the market, beating out Dropbox which only gives you 500mb for every referral.
The Box service has been around for a while and gives you 10gb of free storage. They have a maximum file upload size of 250MB which is a far cry from Google drives maximum of 5TB storage. Even though, they are still a good option for getting a lot of free space rather easily.
The TriggerBox is really big on security. They have an authentication feature that forces you to use a key to access your data. This means that since you’re the only person with the key, if it ever get’s lost you’ll be in a world of hurt. Godd and bad. It starts with 5GB of free data on their 30 day trial
Mediafire is an older player in the cloud storage space that started off as a file sharing service. You start off with 10GB of free space and can quickly upgrade it to 50GB by completing a series of onboarding tasks and referring friends.
mozy is also very serious about your security. They allow you to keep all versions of your files for 30 days after making changes so you can refer back to them. The free plan starts at 2GB which you can increase with referrals.
SpiderOak is big on security and Encryption with this service starts right from your local folder. No one has the access key but you and it’s stored locally. A great option is privacy is the most important concern for you. They don’t have many integrations because of their emphasis on privacy.
Google Drive is a heavy hitter in the cloud storage field. Google drive comes with 15GB of free storage space and numerous sharing options. You can get up to 30TB for $299 a month and it has a maximum file upload size of 5TB.
Most people can get enough their data stored with just a few Gigs of cloud storage. For the people that do professional work and need to share with a team around the world you may need to look into getting a more robust program or upgrading to the paid plans. Whatever you do, I hop this short list helps you make the right decision. Let me know if I missed anything in the comments.