With so many online document storage services available, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, figuring out which service is best for you can be confusing. Not only do you have to take price and usability into account, but you’ll also need to understand what level of privacy is offered by each service. To help narrow your search, here’s a quick review of the top three online document storage providers and their respective features.
Perhaps the most popular data storage solution, Dropbox offers simple, efficient cloud file storage for Windows, Mac and Linux users. Users can get up to 2GB of free storage. If you need more space than that, you can get up to 1,000GB of space for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year.
Dropbox lets you easily store, sync, and share files with other people, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account. The interface is incredibly intuitive and stored files can be viewed on any device. However, even though Dropbox offers a folder sharing feature for collaboration, the service as a whole is better suited to individuals rather than corporations. As an entry-level, no-frills choice for cloud backup however, Dropbox is a great option.
Google Drive is a low-cost, reliable solution that can be used on unlimited Windows and Mac devices (the service is not compatible with Linux). Google Drive starts you off with 15GB of storage for free. After that there’s a $1.99 per month (or $23.88 per year) charge for up to 100GB of online document storage.
The only drawback to Google Drive is that it isn’t a privacy-first service. In exchange for super-cheap storage space, you’ll need to agree to let Google use your data for advertising purposes, if keeping your information secure and away from prying eyes, Google Drive may not be the best online document storage for you.
IDrive is the only online document storage solution on our list that doesn’t offer a free trial, but for only $4.95 per month (or $49.50 per year) you get 150GB and a whole slew of fabulous features. IDrive is an all-in-one document storage solution that allows you to back up anything from Facebook photos to entire servers.
Business customers can back up company machines, Exchange, NAS, SQL, and even mobile devices. In addition to multiple-device and social media account backups, IDrive offers excellent privacy features like 256-bit AES encryption. There’s also an option to create a private security key so that no one else will be able to access your data.
To use the service, you’ll need to copy your data onto a special hard drive supplied by IDrive. Once your data has been backed up, simply send the hard drive back to IDrive for storage. Your data will be securely stored in the cloud and accessible to you from your computer or mobile device using the IDrive app. IDrive can be used with Windows and Mac.
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