It’s already 2017, if you’re still bothering with external hard disks and thumb drives when everything is going wireless, you’re officially still living in the dark ages. Cloud storage options are aplenty these days, and not only are there multiple choices for you to pick from based on your needs, but there are many reasons why you should start using the cloud. Still, detractors have their reservations on cloud storage services: How accessible is it? Won’t I need an internet connection? And most importantly, are my files secure?
It’s no secret that security is a top priority for companies that offer cloud storage solutions. Why would a consumer choose a service if they don’t feel that it is secure? That’s why these companies hire the best engineers and technicians to make sure that their personal information doesn’t go into the wrong hands. We’re talking about professionals from the National Security Agency and Stanford University here, not your fresh graduate that just took up computer science because it “seemed cool”.
The data centers that house all your files in global locations are not only remote, but physically secure too. There’s a higher chance of your desktop at home (or the laptop you’re reading this from) failing compared to the servers in those data centers. Redundancies are also in place, where there can be multiple copies of your data stored in different places in the event of one center failing.
Besides, it is so much easier to share a folder of images with a friend through a web link than to have to pass them a thumb drive or god forbid, a CD you painstakingly burned. Have a business partner in Hong Kong that you need to review a bunch of documents? Just upload it to the cloud, and they can download the files whenever, wherever, no matter how big it is (emails cap the size of attachments you can send).
Here, we’ve rounded up 6 of the best cloud storage services. Whether you’re just an individual wanting to amp up your tech game, or a business looking to make your organisation more efficient, there’s a cloud storage service out there for you.