There are a number of free cloud backup and storage providers that offer a variety of features that rival many of the paid cloud services. Below is a review of several free backup and storage services that are available.
JustCloud sets itself apart by offering a full slate of services that aren’t limited to just storage space. Unlimited storage is one of the main features that makes it a good choice. With unlimited storage, there is plenty of room for music, video and data files. Just Cloud can be accessed from anywhere via apps on devices such as iPhone, Android and Blackberry. The service is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. It uses bank-grade encryption that helps to protect user information during file transfer and storage. Technical support is available 24/7. Just Cloud is very easy to use and the price is definitely right.
Amazon Cloud Drive
Amazon offers 5 GB of free storage through its Amazon Cloud Drive service. Users can utilize the free storage offered by a proven company to store documents, photos, videos and other data files. Amazon Cloud Drive service is web-based and it offers an app that can be accessed from a smartphone. One of the strongest points of the Amazon Cloud Drive is that is has a simple interface and navigating is very easy. As a free offering, it is a very strong contender.
Apple offers users 5GB of free storage for its iCloud cloud storage service. Synchronization of photos, videos and files are very easy especially on Apple devices. For Windows users, they can access the service via the iCloud Control Panel that gives them full access to their photos and files. Unlike some of the other cloud storage services, it doesn’t sync files across all devices as straightforward. It is very good at syncing music files. However, as a free service, it is still one to consider.
Dropbox is another popular cloud storage and file synching service. It offers 2GB of free storage space and has a great interface that allows synching between the desktop and mobile devices. It supports the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Dropbox uses a dedicated folder to provide the synchronization and this may be a limitation to those who prefer more flexibility of where the files are stored. It also offers a feature where it preserves earlier versions of files that have been deleted or moved. Overall, Dropbox is very simple to use service and it is one of the best storage and backup services available.
Google Drive provides users with 5GB of free space. In addition to the 5GB, there is also 1GB of free photo storage via Picasa Web Albums. Users of Google+ will also get unlimited free storage of photos and videos. Another plus for using Google is that the storage of Google Docs files is free and unlimited. Google Drive has strong features when it comes to document handling, editing and synching. With these features and the wealth of free offerings, Google is a leading contender for free cloud storage space and backup.
Box.com is another entry in the cloud storage services offering 5GB for free. It has a great web interface and it does a good job syncing files across various devices. It uses apps on the mobile devices such as Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone to allow access to files. Box also allows some creating and editing using the Box document editor or Google’s document editor. There is not as much customization on the location of where files are stored for synchronization as in other services but Box gets the job done.