Top 10 Free Cloud Storage Services
In this article, we will assess the top 10 free cloud storage services, including their pros, cons, and the security behind them.
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Cloud storage has become a primary tool for anyone who, like me, works with professional documents in digital format every day. I am sure that if you are an independent employee, you have many projects for different clients, for which you need a functional and reliable option for cloud storage. Likewise, if you work for a company, it is quite common today to have access to shared folders with other departments or colleagues.
What if you're just a private internet user? In that case, it is also advantageous to have a free cloud storage unit capable of saving backup copies of critical personal photos or (ONTD) documents.
Top 10 Free Cloud Storage Services
The truth is, although offering free and unlimited cloud storage is usually not very frequent, there are platforms whose entry plans have great potential without investing money.
For this reason, I have selected the best plans with cloud services in this article so that you can choose the best one to suit your needs. I will also review its benefits and possibilities so that you can make an informed decision on which platform is right for you.
"MEGA," the successor to Kim Dotcom's unfortunate Megaupload, offers you 50 GB of storage (subject to participation in the brand's achievements program).
- Completely free
- You can use it on your computer and your mobile device
- Supports .zip folders
- Excellent sharing options
- It does not offer significant bandwidth, limiting it to 10 GB every half hour
- It lacks advanced security for links
This is probably a lesser known option for cloud storage, but it still makes its way to the top 10. When you sign up, pCloud gives you a 10 GB drive to try it out.
- It has no bandwidth limit, which means a faster connection
- This allows the uploading of any files
- It has an advanced search engine so that you always find the pictures you want to see
- If you want at least 500 GB accounts, you have to pay a monthly fee
Another classic storage service you might recognize is Mediafire. It's been on the internet for quite some time and still manages to compete with its peers. This service provides you with up to 10 GB of free cloud storage, although you must share the link and meet its conditions to reach that quota.
- Provides the ability to upload files up to 25 GB
- It has no bandwidth limit
- It has a mobile application, which you can download to your smartphone and view your saved files from wherever you want
- You have to log in to Mediafire every time you want to access your Drive
- If you do not log in to your account within a year, they delete your account
A classic among the classics, with merit but not without its cons, is Dropbox.
- They provide you with 2 GB of free storage in their cloud, which you can extend to 18 with simple tasks
- It accepts all types of formats, capable of uploading a wide array of file types
- Excellent applications and data access
- Must invest time in completing tasks to get 18 GB of storage
- Bandwidth is limited to 20GB per day
- Very oriented for document storage
- Offers you 10 GB for free
- Excellent interface to find your files and have them all on hand in case of an emergency
- Uploads are limited to 250 MB per file
- Functionalities are limited if you don't pay
One of the lesser known, and perhaps simpler services, is Flipdrive, but it still competes well thanks to the 10 GB of free cloud storage it offers.
- You can share files with anyone, whether or not they have an account in the service
- The user interface is minimal and straightforward
- It can only be accessed via the web and does not have a mobile app
7. Google Drive
One giant when it comes to file sharing is Google Drive. The support provided by the Internet search engine Google helps a lot in keeping you connected. It gives you up to 15 GB for free, allowing you to add a few MB from time to time by completing a task at no additional cost.
- Unbelievable reach and time
- An internet veteran; the Google server is reliable
- The size of the files you can upload is highly variable
- It has full compatibility with the most diverse versions of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word—the MS Office suite's core tools
- It enforces automatic saving, which reduces the loss of working files
This is Microsoft's free cloud storage service, which usually comes preinstalled on Windows devices. It only offers you 5 GB for free for your files, however, by paying, you can expand them.
Nevertheless, for your personal use, it can serve you fully.
- Excellent access and synchronization with your Microsoft account
- It works perfectly with Microsoft programs
- Heavy reliance on the Microsoft ecosystem
- Less free GB usage compared to other services
- Store up to 10 GB in the cloud for free
- Oriented for those who want to share data anonymously without worry
- Shared files will delete themselves if you choose
- Relatively low security
- Lack of advanced encryption
- Pleasant user experience and intuitive appearance
- Has both a desktop and mobile application for any operating system
- 10 GB capacity and limited ability to expand the space you might need
Although most of these services offer paid alternatives, each has flexible free cloud storage options. Some of them may be more applicable depending on your needs, or maybe you just want to try a new service. Thanks for reading and I hope this helped find the right cloud storage service for you!
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