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Tech tip of the week: fly to the cloud (your data that is)

Posted By Bon Jin Koo On Jun 2, 2012 @ 7:23 pm In Sci/Tech | Comments Disabled

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Are you running out of space on your computer to store your files? Don’t have a big enough of an external storage drive to back up your data? Don’t even know what an external storage drive is? No problem! This week’s tech tip covers Windows, Mac AND Linux users!

So everything nowadays is moving towards the cloud. What does that mean? Technology now allows companies to essentially rent out storage space in their huge data centers at our convenience. Services like Dropbox [1], Box [2] and Google Drive [3] are just a few of the popular names in cloud storage. They basically act like an online USB; as long as you have internet access, you can access your storage wherever you are!

Now, each cloud provider usually has unique features in order to bring in potential customers, but fret not, the ones we will be going over are free to some extent. If you feel the need to obtain more storage, then you usually have to pay a monthly fee.

Dropbox [1]
2 GB FREE (expandable up to 18 GB if you make enough referrals, each being worth 500 MB)
Unique feature: You can install Dropbox on your computer and simply drag & drop files into the dedicated folder to automatically sync with your online storage.

Box [4]
5 GB FREE
Unique feature: Exceptional sharing options and control such as email notifications on uploads or changes in your files.

Google Drive
5 GB FREE
Unique feature: You can nearly read ANY kind of file. Trying to look at a spreadsheet but don’t have a spreadsheet viewer? No problem! You can still see it with Google Drive.

Of course, there are a handful of other options out there, but we just thought these were the most solid in terms of reliability and popularity. Dropbox seems to be the most widely used (for now), so Dropbox is a good way to share files legally, quickly and painlessly.

Ultimately, cloud storage is not super necessary, but it is good to know that some of your files are safe on the internet for you to access anytime.

Image source: arjanveen [5] under Creative Commons


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[1] Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/pricing

[2] Box: https://www.box.com/

[3] Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/start#home

[4] Box: https://www.box.com/pricing/

[5] arjanveen: http://www.flickr.com/photos/clicko/5250720735/sizes/z/in/photostream/

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