Top 5 cloud storage for free online file sharing
March 3, 2014
The cloud is the new way to save your files and keep them safe. Instead of saving a Word document on your computer, you can save it on the cloud and access it from any device with internet like your iPad or iPhone.
Here is a list of the top 5 cloud storage services:
You’ve probably heard of Dropbox as it is currently the most popular online cloud storage service.
Being one of the first cloud storage services, Dropbox provides you with a reliable service and decent upload speeds.
Starting at a whopping 2gb of free space, you will need to upgrade sooner than you expect. The 2gb is a real killer, and the main reason Dropbox sits in 5th place.
Box is only second in popularity to Dropbox, but provides premium upgrade options that are a lot more affordable for the business user.
Box is available on almost all devices and provides a nice and clean user interface. 10gb of free storage space outperforms Dropbox – and you may be eligible for 50gb of space if you own an iPad!
Box’s upload and download speeds is the only reason it doesn’t sit in the #1 position. It took Box over 2 hours to upload and store a 50mb video file.
Mega is a new cloud storage device built by the infamous Kim Dot Com, creator of MegaUpload and MegaVideo.
Mega comes with an incredible 50gb of free disk space, which is comparable to Box if you can take advantage of their iPad promotion. Mega greatly outperforms Box in upload speeds, and provides the fastest download speeds available on the internet. Mega is also built to be secure and NSA proof so all your files remain encrypted with top-grade security.
Mega creator Kim Dot Com is a very controversial character who is known for building websites that provides copyright-infringed content. Both MegaVideo and MegaUpload were shutdown by the FBI – so anyone can guess how long Mega’s lifespan will last.
Of course Google is in the picture with a competing product. And if you have a Gmail account, you are automatically signed up for Google Drive.
Unlike Mega, Google has reputation for quality and redundancy. Since Google Drive is connected to Gmail, if you have Gmail, then it makes sense to just use it. That is, if the section below doesn’t throw you off.
15gb is enough free space for most people, but it doesn’t really compare to Mega’s whopping 50gb! Unlike Mega that has special security features in place to keep your files private and out of prying eyes, Google has a reputation for supplying the NSA with whatever they’re looking for.
Copy is my favorite cloud storage service, and the one I use for business. It’s just a baby business too!
Copy starts you off at 15gb of space, and will give you 5gb for each additional referral. That can add up to a lot of free space. Copy also has a “Fare Share” policy, so if you share a 6gb video file with 3 Copy users, the video will only use 2gb of your free space. The interface is really nice, replicating the mac-os feel. Upload and download speeds are fast, and files are encrypted for your security.
Copy is a new company, so it’s still working out some kinks.