Cloud Storage servicesA few years ago, it was very hard to keep the data for a long time because there were no cloud storage services available and people used to rely on local storage devices such as Floppy disc, Hard drive, CDs, DVDs, and BluRays.

The main disadvantage of using local storage devices is that they become malfunction after a certain period of time. Of course, there are many hard drives available in the market which are very hard to break and they hardly get faulty, but what if water enters into your hard drive and all your precious data gets lost? What if a virus deletes all your videos, songs, and documents stored inside a folder on your computer?

CDs were very popular in the days of 90s to keep videos and music files. They were able to handle data of up to 700 MB which is very low for storing today’s High-Definition videos and 3D stereo music files.

DVDs can store data up to 4.7 GB, but you have to treat them with much respect because once they get a scratch, you have to get ready to face some skips between your movies/songs.

Just a few years ago, USB flash drive storages slowly started getting popular. In the early days, USB Flash Drives were available only in plastic bodies, which were very easy to break. When you keep a plastic-body flash drive inside your pocket, there is a chance that it will break when you sit on the chair. Then, popular brands like Kingston, HP and Sony introduced the pen drives with the steel body, but they are very small and easily get lost.

In today’s era, people want to store their data at a place which is safe and secure, and where they can keep their data for as long as they want without the fear of any loss. The answer is simple, Cloud Storage!

Cloud Storage is the best place to store your data, it will free you from the worries of losing your data, and the best thing about Cloud is that you can access your data from anywhere in the world, all you need is an internet connection.

Below we have discussed five most popular cloud storage services, take a look and let us know which one is your favorite:

Dropbox

Dropbox was introduced in 2005. It is one of the first online cloud storage services. Today, it is the most popular online storage service. It is used by the professionals for their office use as well as individuals.

The free account offers you to store the data of up to 2GB, but you can get up to 16 GB of storage just by paying a small fee. Although it offers very less storage on its basic free account, the service is still the most popular online storage service because it is very easy to use and the procedure for signing up is also very simple.

One of the reasons behind the popularity of Dropbox is that most of the platforms already support it. Recently, Facebook Messenger also added the support for sharing the files instantly from DropBox, without leaving the chat.

With Dropbox, you can easily share the files with everyone even if they do not have an account on this website. Other features include Drag-and-drop support, instant link sharing, work on slides together with teammates.

Google Drive

Google Drive is free online storage solution, brought to you by Google. The service offers a massive 15GB free cloud storage. The Drive service is available for all Google accounts and you can manage all your photos, videos, documents, and other files simply from one Google account.

It is mostly used by Android users because most of the Android smartphones come with Drive app pre-installed. However, it is also available on Mac, PC, and iPhone.

When you install Google Drive on your smartphone or computer, the data on your computer and smartphone automatically gets in synchronization with the servers on Google data centers, so you don’t need to manually upload the data on your Drive storage.

Google offers affordable price for upgrading your Drive storage. You can get 100GB of online storage for the price of just $1.99 per month and 1TB for as low as $9.99 per month.

Drive files are very easy to share on Gmail or any other email client.

OneDrive

OneDrive an online cloud storage service by Microsoft. This service is targeted at Windows operating system and Xbox console users. All of the Xbox consoles and Windows 8.1 and Windows 10-based smartphones and PCs come with the pre-installed OneDrive app.

You can also install OneDrive app on Android, Mac OS X, or iOS, but it only offers 5GB free storage on the free accounts whereas, on most of the Windows 10 smartphones, OneDrive offers 30GB free cloud storage. There is also a Recycle Bin option in it, which allows you to recover the files you delete.

In OneDrive, you can get 1TB of online storage for the price of PKR 540 per month.

SugarSync

SugarSync is an online cloud storage service which is a bit expensive than other cloud services. Unlike other online storages, SugarSync does not offer any free storage plan. If you want to store your files on SugarSync, you have to pay for it.

The company offers a trial of 5GB storage, but it expires in 30 days if you don’t select any plan. Once you install SugarSync app on your smartphone or computer, it automatically syncs all of your files, you can also manually select which files or folders to sync. The app is available on Android, iOS, Mac OS X and Windows.

SugarSync originally used to offer 5GB of free cloud storage, but in 2013, the company removed the free basic plan and announced that it will now only offer paid services.

Data stored on SugarSync is more secure than on other cloud services because the service has built-in Transport Layer Security (TLS) and 256-bit AES encryption.

Box

The Box is an American file sharing and online storage service. You get 10GB of free online file storage when you sign up for a Box account. And, you can easily upgrade for even more storage and features.

You can get 100GB free storage for $6 per month which is very expensive if we compare it to Google Drive that offers 100 GB in $1.99 only. On Box, maximum file size is 2GB, so it is a big disadvantage that you cannot upload a bigger file.

The Box is a kind of cloud service that targets industries and major businesses. The company offers some great services for Healthcare field, Government, and Education sectors.

For example, it offers DICOM Viewer, which allows users to store, view and share any DICOM file (x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds) in Box. It is very useful for doctors.