Free stuff and Internet always seems a pretty combination and when it comes to cloud storage, it’s a rat race out there and each company is coming up with exciting offers to attract users. Big players like Google, Microsoft, Amazon have already captured the cloud storage market in a big way. But things are changing, small players are also taking a dive into the cloud market with tons of features and low pricing. So, here is a list of my favorite cloud storage services that will take care of your online storage needs.
Box Inc. (formerly Box.net) is an online file sharing and personal cloud content management service for businesses. The company adopted a freemium business model and provides up to 10 GB of free storage for personal accounts.(Source)
Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, California, that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which computer is used to view it. Files placed in this folder also are accessible through a website and mobile phone applications. It provides up to 2 GB of free storage for free users.(Source)
3. One Drive
OneDrive (previously SkyDrive, Windows Live SkyDrive and Windows Live Folders) is a file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage and then access them from a Web browser or their local device. It is part of the suite of online services formerly known as Windows Live and allows users to keep the files private, share them with contacts, or make the files public. It provides up to 15 GB of free storage for free users.(Source)
Amazon Cloud Drive is a web storage application from Amazon. Its storage space can be accessed from up to eight specific devices. The devices can be mobile devices, different computers, and different browsers on the same computer. The first 5 GB of storage is free.(Source)
5. Google Drive
Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google, released on April 24, 2012, which enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing. Google offers all users an initial 15 GB of online storage space for free.(Source)
SpiderOak is a US-based online backup tool to backup, share, sync, access and store data using an off-site server. SpiderOak is accessible through an app for Windows, Mac and Linux computer platforms, and Android, N900 Maemo, and iOS mobile platforms. SpiderOak allows the user to back up any given folder of his/her computer. According to SpiderOak, the software uses encrypted cloud storage and client-side encryption key creation, so even employees of SpiderOak cannot access users’ information. It provides up to 2 GB of space for free.(Source)
ADrive delivers online cloud storage services to millions of individuals, businesses and enterprise-level users. Founded in 2007 by veterans of the storage and networking industry, ADrive was created to meet the demands of our data-intensive world. It offers a whopping 50 GB of online storage for free.(Source)
With Cubby you ou get 5GB of free space. It offers unlimited P2P sync across PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, but this feature is for Pro users only. They have a really nice referral program also, for every friend you refer you get 1 GB for free with up to a maximum of 25 GB. The best part is that it uses a 256-bit SSL encryption for security.
Copy is the product of network security company Barracuda. It provides up to 15 GB of cloud storage for free. For increased security, the data is protected by multiple layers of encryption, including top-secret grade AES 256, both during transfer and while at rest on Barracuda’s enterprise-class cloud storage. You can also choose to share files publicly or privately.