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December 8, 2013

Cloud storage services offer flexibility

The advancements in cloud-based computer file storage systems in the past few years have made it a simple and helpful method that business and personal computer users should absolutely consider. The ability to set up once and then work as normal on a computer while having files backed up and synced behind the scenes to the private cloud storage is a great advantage. This means that users never have to worry about computer hard drive failures or computer hardware problems causing them to lose their valuable files.

As well, many cloud storage services offer robust mobile and tablet apps for free with significant storage allocations, including tools within them, such as automatic syncing of mobile phone photos. All of this makes it easy and effortless to ensure your best photos and most important files are always accessible. I’ll outline three leading cloud-storage tools that individuals and businesses can use, even for free, that provide robust service.

Dropbox

This is one of the largest and best tools for always having access to your files. Dropbox is a leader in the industry. The free version starts at 2 gigabytes of storage space and can expand to up to 16GB before you need a paid version. This type of storage allotment covers many average computer users just fine. The beauty is the seamless behind the scenes syncing of your files. The user experience is just like your computer, create a folder and save files to it. The value is that they are securely backed up and accessible from other computers and mobile devices that you authorize. Teams can share specific files or share folders where all have access to the files in a specific folder. Dropbox offers Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Kindle Fire apps, making it a solid choice for those using multiple devices and wanting access to their files. It even works with Wordpress as a way to create a backup of website files.

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