With a flood of online data storage service providers around, it is often hard to figure out which one to go for. To help you out in making this tricky choice, we’ve rounded up a list of the top 10 online backup providers.
A mix of cloud storage platform and online collaborative office suite, Google Driver can give you all that one may need to stay productive. It also offers a downloadable computer programs which enable you to sync files. Another great benefit is that the files which you create in Google Drive, in contrast to those which you upload, don’t count in the already-copious, 15GB free storage space. The Paid accounts begin from $1.99 per month for a storage space of 100GB and $9.99 per month for 1TB.
The biggest perk of CertainSafe is that it offers encrypted cloud storage which is highly secure. However, this service is geared more towards commercial usage rather than personal usage at home. Still, one can sign up for a mere $8.77 per user per month for a 5GB storage space which can be shared with others. It has HIPAA-complaint as well.
CrashPlan is provides an interesting alternative to those of you who don’t want to keep your files in the cloud. It allows you to choose a PC, either your friend’s or your own, to use for the storage of data instead of the service provider’s own server. For the online cloud storage, CrashPlan offers unlimited space for a humble $59.99 per year.
It’ll be hard to find any online data backup service which offers as many features as the IDrive. At only $59.50 a year, IDriver offers 1TB of storage space, file syncing, apps for almost all platforms and much more. Their Free account offers you 5GB of storage space which is pretty awesome as well.
OneDrive has been around for years. It gives you free 15GB of space just for signing up to OneDrive and you can earn even more free storage through referrals and other actions. Microsoft has turned OneDrive into a cornerstone of Windows 8, therefore Windows 8 users find it to be the most convenient service.
Box is one of the oldest names in file-syncing and cloud storage and works across multiple platforms. The free account gives you 10GB of space while since Box boasts tons of collaboration features, its paid plans are charged per user, starting at only $5 per/month per user for a 100GB of space. A great feature of Box is that it allows you make comments on the files from your mobile devices, whereas others only allow you to view them.
Dropbox remains one of the most widely used platforms largely thanks to its automatic, cloud-based, file-syncing system that makes it ideal for sharing data from just about everywhere. Their free plan offers 2GB of space while you can get more through referrals. Their Pro plans give 1TB of storage space for $9.99 a month or $99 a year.
SugarSync has an advantage over Dropbox in that it allows you to sync any folder or file while preserving the structure of your folder. You don’t have to move all of your data for syncing into a folder like Dropbox. SugarSync offers a 100GB space for $9.99 a month or $74.99 a year while a 500GB account would cost you $249.99 per year.
Apple iCloud Drive
Even experience cloud storage users may get confused using Apple’s iCloud Drive. But that’s what Apple is about, exclusivity. Not everyone can handle it. Though avid users of Apple apps would find it very homely. It offers 1TB storage for $19.99 a month and a 5G for free account holders. Its baked-in features which work pretty seamlessly with Mac OS X and iOS are pretty awesome however.
Hightail combines document delivery and signing with a file-syncing system and provides a great range of features and options for both, paid and free account users. If one is in a pinch and wants to send a pretty large file very quickly, then Hightail is by far the best choice.