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We suspect now may be a good time to talk about the cloud and how we’re all increasingly trusting our data to online storage services. Why? Because a number of celebrities recently found out the hard way that cloud storage services aren’t as secure as they, and indeed all of us too, had been led to believe.

Cloudy With A Risk Of Hacks

We want to know, What Cloud Storage Service Do You Use? And Why?

As if you hadn’t guessed by now, this question was prompted by The Fappening, AKA Celebgate, AKA the Celebrity Nudes Hack. Whichever moniker you choose to use, this leak of private photographs was made possible thanks to a serious breach of the personal iCloud accounts of some very famous individuals. The ramifications are huge, and not just for Apple, but for all companies offering to store your content and data on their servers.

There are a host of cloud storage services to choose from, including the aforementioned Apple iCloud What iCloud Is & Why It Changes Everything [Mac] What iCloud Is & Why It Changes Everything [Mac] Perhaps the biggest announcement made by Apple at the recent WWDC was that of iCloud, but many people are understandably not sure what it is. Is it a streaming media service? Is it a Dropbox... Read More , plus Google Drive 5 Google Drive Add-ons You Need To Use 5 Google Drive Add-ons You Need To Use Google Docs and Google Spreadsheet are both amazing free services, but when you include some of the add-ons listed here, it can breathe new life into these tools. Read More , Microsoft OneDrive 5 Smart Ways to Customize & Improve OneDrive in Windows 8.1 5 Smart Ways to Customize & Improve OneDrive in Windows 8.1 OneDrive can be a blessing or a curse. It's deeply integrated into Windows 8.1. You'll either want to get the most of it or disable it completely. We can help with both. Read More , and Dropbox Top 10 Creative Uses For Dropbox Or Other Cloud Storage Top 10 Creative Uses For Dropbox Or Other Cloud Storage The agility, flexibility, and low-cost scale ups turn cloud storage options into more than an online vault to back up your documents and files. But cloud storage is more than these important but mundane uses.... Read More . We won’t mention them all because that’s where you come in. We simply want to know what cloud storage service(s) you use, and why you use them over the competition.

Are you forced to use a particular service because of your choice of computer hardware or smartphone? Is your decision based more on you trusting one company more than the others? Is it about the features your chosen cloud storage service offers? If so, which features in particular?

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If you would rather weigh in with your thoughts on cloud computing in general, or air your views on this particular breach in iCloud security, then feel free to do so in the comments section below.

Have Your Say

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  1. Lars
    February 20, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Is storage cheap?Yes. USB sticks get cheaper, external drives get cheaper, the information is only yours and you can backup as many times you want. I don´t trust these companies. Google Chrome wants us to use their programs instead of having a real Linux where you have a lot of programs to choose from. Share files? Just mail them. Social networks? What is the Point.

  2. Freddie G.
    September 11, 2014 at 12:31 am

    If all the security in the world can not stop breaches, then how is cloud safe?

  3. Abhishek R
    September 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I am using one drive by Microsoft for my very limited cloud needs. Upload speeds are very slow here in INDIA(512 kbps) so i keep all data onto hard drives thumb drives and memory cards. From all cloud services available i find one drive to be superior because it has a very sleek interface, secondly all the files get grouped under default heading so i do not have to search them by names. Third it has a tight integration in windows 8.1 for hassle free uploading of documents and the applies on windows phone also.

    Fourth it supports microsoft office online so you can easliy edit the document on the go. Actually this features has saved my ass last week because my office subscription was ended and i have to edit my CV on the same date, so i just opened one drive edited it there and then.
    and you can edit pictures too.

    Lastly Microsoft has a stricter code of conduct for the files you upload to OneDrive than any other cloud service. You may not store any file that depicts any kind of nudity, or that incites, advocates, or expresses pornography or racism, to name a few. So may be if celebs has used one drive they would have been in a better position.

    Conclusion : Microsoft OneDrive is the cloud storage platform I would recommend. Each of the options featured in the comments have their merits and other people will have reasons for choosing otherwise, but, for me, OneDrive ticks the most boxes.

    It is accessible on the most platforms, provides a good amount of free storage space from sign-up, offers well priced upgrades for more storage, has the excellent Office Online deeply integrated into it, and benefits from a slick and easy-to-use design.

  4. Eric D
    September 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I'm using Bitcasa with unlimited storage. You know the raw video that you usually discard after creating the assembled video? I keep all of them in Bitcasa. I have terabytes there.

  5. Tomxp
    September 7, 2014 at 1:37 am

    I'm both cheap and paranoid and so store stuff both in the cloud and on local portable hard drives. I use Dropbox, GoogleDrive, and -- I'm a little surprised that others haven't mentioned this one -- the Amazon Cloud.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Yes, Amazon Cloud hasn't been mentioned very often. What do you like about it in particular?

  6. Saikat B
    September 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    It's still Google Drive for me. Lately, I have started using to save PDFs of newspaper clippings related to financial management and travel related info. What I need is a "cloud strategy" to balance out my usage of GDrive along with Dropbox.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Google Drive seems the most obvious solution, but perhaps I am biased thanks to using a Chromebook.

  7. Paul Y
    September 5, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I have used Box since it was included as an option with my HP Touchpad, which I still use, and I have clients for WebOs, Android and Windows. If you jump though a few of their hoops (promotionally) you can get at least 50 gig for free. So far it's reasonably sescure.

  8. Dan
    September 5, 2014 at 2:20 am

    OneDrive - Music, downloaded images, ebooks, etc. Anything that I dont mind Microsoft seeing.

    Spideroak - Personal stuff (including homemade porn, of course), business files (different account), other files I prefer no one sees. I also pre-encrypt the files prior to being uploaded, so it's doubly encrypted once it is on Spideroak's servers.

  9. Bob Myers
    September 5, 2014 at 1:46 am

    I don't use the "cloud", it's not secure from the outside and the inside.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Did the celebrity nudes leak just cement the view you already held?

    • Bob Myers
      September 8, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Mr. Parrack,

      No sir, not really.

      My obstinacy in not using cloud services has been pretty well set for a while and was known by my friends. My first thought was "How many leaks do we not know about.".

      What I did notice after the nudes leaks was that my friends quit bugging me to use cloud services.

      I did have to get an imaginary person to pat me on my back, before I broke my arm doing it myself, for not telling some of my friends "I told you so...".

      Bob

  10. Robert Nelson
    September 4, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Dropbox because it just works with UpDraft(a free WP plug-in for WP backups). Flickr for photos. I have and use Google Drive for some things. Even bought Carbonite due to advertisements on Twit.tv( unfortunatly you have to do an upgrade to get a complete computer backup). May check out OneDrive. So far none of the ones I have tried do it all(unless, of course you go for the premium package)

  11. Jeffrey L
    September 4, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Google Drive (100GB + 100GB for 2 years from Chromebook) - This has become my default cloud service as I am already deeply integrated into Google products, even more so after buying a Chromebook. Used to store project files for freelance work, various Google Docs and a shared folder with my girlfriend which makes it easy to send files.

    Google Play Music - There's no other way to store your music. Don't have the unlimited plan, but I don't need it. It syncs all of my music I've ever had to Play Music and I can access it anywhere.

    Dropbox (8GB?) - I don't like how little free storage you get and I'm not going to pay for a second cloud service. Currently I use it only for work as I share a work folder with my boss which is over 40GB so essentially useless to me now. Will stop using after I get a new job.

    Box (50GB) - Was so happy to get an invite to 50 GB for free from my friend. Hate the new update though which makes everything overly simple, almost stupid simple like Apple. Currently use it for Titanium Backup files from my Android and little else.

    Mega (50GB) - Use this to store various video files I have collected over the years just so I can remove them from my hard drive. Wish they had a streaming feature though.

    OneDrive (15GB) - Would be much more useful if I were still in school. Stores all of my Office Docs and Spreadsheets, including archives of my school notes, papers, lab reports, etc. Also use to store copies of my resume and I use OneNote for note-taking when I take online classes on Coursera.

    Flickr (1TB) - Uploaded all of my pictures and home videos and have it set up so that every photo I take on my phone or from social media, pretty much any kind of media I post or get tagged in will automatically sync to Flickr using IFTTT. A bit annoying to organize but at least I don't have to worry about storage space.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      That is a very comprehensive set of solutions. You're clearly a lot more organized than the average Joe.

      How are you finding your Chromebook so far?

    • Jeffrey L
      September 11, 2014 at 9:21 am

      I love my Chromebook. I was forced to buy one after my PC was down for a couple of months and got the Acer for $150.

      It was definitely a turning point in how I managed my cloud storage. With the free 100 GB of Google Drive (and I had already purchased 100GB for $2/month when it came out) and Drive deeply integrated into the Chromebook, I decided that putting all my most important files and work into Drive was the best choice for my workflow. I had previously only associated Drive with my Google Docs and Sheets.

      I love how small and portable it is, while the screen size remains surprisingly usable. I usually have 10-20 tabs open on Chrome which I found to be too much for my Chromebook to handle, which is disappointing because you would think hardware built for Chrome could handle all of it.

      I also love the software updates. Being able to say Ok Google on a Chromebook? Awesome! And with the possibility of Android apps in the future is really neat as well.

      Have you had a chance to play around with a Chrome box? Is it a viable desktop replacement for basic users?

  12. KT
    September 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Is 'no' an answer for this one?

    With 1 terabyte+ HD's so cheap, I store all my pc stuff on the HD, and sync any mobile stuff to it like a server. I also use micro SD and sim cards in usb thumb drives to unload mobile files. I'm not a trusting fellow.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Of course it is. You're certainly not alone in preferring to trust your own storage solution than that offered by a big company. At least only you are responsible for the safety of your own files.

      The question is, are you worried about those nude shots getting out into the public domain?! ;)

  13. Howard B
    September 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I use DropBox both at work and for my own files, and I also got the Box.com 50GB deal when I got my first Android tablet. Both have their uses.

  14. vamsi krishna
    September 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I use google drive because everybody has a google account and sharing is much easier.All my friends arn't that tech savy and using google drive helps me .

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      That's a great point. This is one area in which having more people using a particular service can influence your own choice of service.

  15. Bern
    September 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I use Box the most, both for personal and work materials. It is simple to use, has a great range of abilities, and whether or not it survives the upcoming cloud shakeout, it at least has a business plan that makes sense. Google's Drive, MS OneDrive will also certainly survive, as they are just features of a broad ecosystem that each sompany provides, so I have accounts there as well.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      That's a good point, actually. There is a certain safety in using cloud storage services offered by the bigger corporations when the future of the smaller offerings is unclear.

  16. Kendall B
    September 4, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I prefer to use Google Drive because of the large free storage space and I enjoy working on Google docs with project teammates simultaneously. I might switch to the upcoming iCloud Drive if it is as simple as advertised.

  17. likefunbutnot
    September 4, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I use Google Drive for personal data and as a Google Apps (Google at Work now, as of Tuesday) Admin. I also use the Play Music storage bucket on a few different Google accounts to store portions of my music collection. I'm a non-Google+-Picasa user and my phone does send my camera photos to that and I put videos I take on Youtube even though almost all of them are marked as private. I use Insync Pro to maintain access to multiple Google Drive accounts from the desktop.

    My OneDrive account really only gets used to store data I might use to configure a Windows PC: a skeleton Default User account, scripts I've written and application installers.

    I have a Dropbox account and about 70GB of "free" space and I don't use it for anything. Dropbox was interesting when it was the only storage game in town and I suppose that it's still useful for unfortunate souls who have had iOS inflicted on them, but it's not tied to the Microsoft or Google sign-ins I'm already using and 70GB is tiny compared to the space I have on the other services.

    I use BTsync to move data between servers. I find it to be particularly helpful for moving backup files off-site and for mirroring the content from one web server to another. BTsync is faster and seems to be less resource intensive than some other products I've tried. I'm mindful of the fact that anyone could in theory join my personal swarm, so I do take the time to encrypt my backups as they're being shared. I also use BTsync to copy multimedia content between some of my personal computers.

    A lot of my small business customers use Crashplan for off-site data backup. Crashplan works pretty well for relatively small amounts of data but it's probably not the best idea for an organization that can generate more than a few gigabytes of new files in a day.

    I also use Owncloud for some content that I'm not comfortable sharing any other way, such as personal photos.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Wow, that is quite a selection of services you use. Can you pick a favorite?

  18. A41202813GMAIL
    September 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I Use The Cloud For A Small Backup Of My 20+ Years Scripts - Nothing Privately Fancy.

    I Literally Use Dozens Of Services.

    The Services I Use Must Conform To These Rules:

    A - Having A Free Option,

    B - Demanding A Login To Access The Files,

    C - Allowing The Browser To Do Uploads And Downloads - I Do Not Want Any Local Crap Software To Manage My Backups - If I Screw My Manual Backups The Mirror Will Show Me Who To Blame.

    Cheers.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      What, no nude photos? You disappoint me.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      September 9, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Are You Hungry For Even More Nude Photos ?

      You Disappoint Me.

  19. Michael Dowling
    September 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I use Dropbox,mainly to sync photos from my Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet to my Win7 desktop.

  20. elgin
    September 4, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I use Spideroak for my business and finance needs as everything is updated as I use it. For my writing, music, photos I use OneDrive as it is easy for me and for sharing files with others (since they have OneDrive also). I used Box for awhile but got tired of having to reupload everything every time they updated their software. I tired a few others based on their webpage info, but I quickly got rid of them.

  21. George
    September 4, 2014 at 11:25 am

    No cloud for me, disabled on iPhone and Android phone.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      You have no interest at all in backing up filing or sharing them online?

  22. jmh
    September 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I use OneDrive primarily for personal use, Google drive for business use (mandatory, not optional....) I also have 100gb free account with Box.com which I don't use. OneDrive is by Far my favorite. I use Windows phone, Windows 8.1 computers, and it works flawlessly now. (it did have issues before) Also, the fact it has 2 step authentication gives me a slight bit of relief from getting hacked...

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      I guess your devices and operating systems means OneDrive makes absolute sense. On a related note, how are you finding Windows 8 and Windows Phone?

    • jmh
      September 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      I have definitely hit some bumps on the Windows path, but overall I am very pleased. I don't need many apps, and the ones I have, I use very frequently and are high quality. I tried to use other platforms, but I always ended up back at Microsoft. I am quite familiar with the platform, and can hack away as needed. Also, the fact that Windows 8.1 & WP8.1 keep getting closer to an united OS keeps me excited!
      I can understand that some people are frustrated with WP, but for me & my wife, we are perfectly happy with the OS.

  23. Patricia
    September 4, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I use Dropbox for everything - why - it's simple to use, easy to navigate and reliable.

    Great to have the recent boost in storage to 1TB. I can access it from work (IT are supportive) and it means I have access to my files whenever I need them and as a added bonus since the storage was revised I can back up my laptop to it as well.

    I have Google Drive but find it is messy to get into, download and use.

    Can't imagine life in a techie world without Dropbox.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Another vote for Dropbox... they're racking up.

  24. Matjaž M
    September 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Pogoplug is great service for backup, also for streaming your music files and photos. Google drive for documents, Dropbox for sharing allaround. With Windows 8.1 PC I'm connected to OneDrive. But only for settings.

  25. Etescartz
    September 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I used many Cloud storage providers but never Google's or Micro$oft's :D
    Dropbox has been my main because I started with it and (they were the first , at least in my opinion to offer such services) .

    I also use:
    Bittorrent sync
    Wuala (by Lacie)
    SparkleShare
    Copy
    Sugarsync
    Mega
    ......
    Could me others but I don't remember them at the moment

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Is Dropbox still your favorite or have any of the other superseded them in your mind?

    • Etescartz
      September 9, 2014 at 9:23 am

      I guess it is still Dropbox , after all. I have tried to replace it with so many other cloud services. They have integration into so many other online services. The only thing I'm willing to do next is to save up some money and buy myself a small personal NAS server and configure OnwCloud server on it.
      Only then I'll have enough motivation to take my data out of the third party cloud services and host it myself.

      Privacy > power + internet bill IMO.

  26. Jewel Clicks
    September 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I'm using Google Drive and Dropbox. :)

  27. Peter F
    September 4, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I use Google Drive. I'm quite a fan of all things Google and find it works best for me.

    I took advantage of the cheap (IMO) cost of having 100 Gb extra memory and keep various documents and photos in the cloud.

    As my laptop is nearing the end of its life, knowing I have access to files in the cloud (as well as an external drive which is kept at home) means I can grab the files I need when on the move.

    I have one shared folder which i use with my friend. Together we update and create documents for our website. As we live 80 miles apart it is easier to use the drive than send emails. Again, this is used as a back up folder as well.

    Other than that the Cloud is used as a back up for photos, documents and half finished articles and other general files.

    I don't use the full 100Gb (as yet) but I have no issues in keeping general files inside the cloud for my ease of use.

    As with anything, the important stuff should be kept as safe as possible and the best place for that is in the real world under lock and key.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Have you ever tried any alternative to Google Drive?

      I think you nailed it with your closing statement. As handy as the cloud is, it's no replacement for the security of actually having something in your possession.

    • Peter F
      September 9, 2014 at 9:04 am

      I have got various cloud accounts (BT/skyTV/OneDrive/and at least one other I can't remember) but never really used them. Google Drive seems to be the most flexible and accesable for me with apps across all my gadgets, wheras the others are limited their lack of apps and accessability.

      After reading this article I decided to buy a couple of USB thumb drives and back up the most important things I want to keep safe (family photos, some documents... and my own youtube videos for off line viewing etc).

      I like to keep things simple (like me) The more options I have the more chance there is that I will break/lose/delete or somehow mess it all up.

  28. Arturas
    September 4, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Google drive, dropox, cloud.mail.ru

  29. Paul Parkinson
    September 4, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I have two main uses for online storage. A back up "bucket" for everything I want to keep and a dynamic storage area for "stuff". For the latter I have been using Dropbox. I dabbled with Google Drive for a while but I just preferred the way Dropbox did it. The recent bump in storage capacity for all paid accounts to 1Tb was a great bonus. Thanks Dropbox!

    The "bucket" storage has been more problematic. As a photographer, I need somewhere to keep those RAW files (~30mb each) safe. I started off with Carbonite but discovered that they choked upload speed once your storage got to a certain point. Account closed.

    I then went to Livedrive. I had an Unlimited account (confirmed by them) but along with several hundred other photographers recently had my account cancelled by Livedrive. They went about it in a brutal and unpleasant way and despite lawyers letters have ignored communication from their "unwanted" larger customers. Horrid, nasty people you should avoid wherever possible. I am still waiting for the refund they promised but I don't hold out much hope. I suspect (but have no proof) that they are in trouble.

    I am currently re-archiving with OpenDrive which is proving to be just fine.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      I have just read up on this on the Guardian, and your name popped up. I'll pass this along to the team for further investigation.

      If true, and we obviously cannot take sides in what may become a legal battle, then it's a travesty.

      Good luck with your new choice of cloud storage service!

  30. pistachio
    September 4, 2014 at 6:28 am

    I use dropbox and mega...Dropbox for backing up important files and mega for less useful files or sharing. Both are free accounts, 55 GB by combining both is enough for me.

    • c4u
      September 4, 2014 at 7:38 am

      i am stock with google drive, not because i am unaware of the various alternatives, but for the easy to use UI and the free 15gig starters space. it also ensure much security using the two step authentication log-in.
      Plus inbuilt file support extensions like tiny monkey picture view which enables me view my pics whenever, i have drop box and trust dat one is 4 sensitive files..why? simple.no hasle and secured.

    • pistachio
      September 4, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Mega is fully secured too. But just i have doubt that one day they will shutdown down like megaupload and CX, and i will have to move all data to other alternatives. That's why i don't use it as main backup. For that dropbox and google drive are the best.

  31. Edward
    September 4, 2014 at 6:12 am

    I also use iCloud Photostream and Backup.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Has the hacking of those celebrity accounts made you think twice about iCloud? Or do you blame the people involved rather than the service?

  32. Edward
    September 4, 2014 at 6:11 am

    For all my personal stuff that come through e.g. scanned documents, PDF attachment, I use Spideroak. As I have a large account, it also syncs some of my misc documents, and settings files at no additional cost.

    The sharing is... just don’t rely on it. But the backup is good and sync is OK.

    For syncing files to my iPad, I use Dropbox. I use it because it has broad support via many 3rd party apps. e.g. TextExpander would sync using it. Documents or Goodreader uses it (also other similar services).

  33. EvaM
    September 4, 2014 at 5:32 am

    I use Crashplan for backups; I changed to them some years ago, when Mozy suddenly said goodbye to the unlimited backup plan. The monthly price would have been considerable for me, and I was annoyed by statements from their CEO (or similar person) who declared that people who had been using their unlimited backup to secure their videos and music collections had been "abusing" the service - even though the ability to backup exactly those types of files had been specifically advertised.

    I haven't needed Crashplan much, but I used it a few times to recover earlier versions of files I had accidentally deleted or edited, and that worked well. I also like the fact that their free plan allows backup to friends' computers; my parents' backup lives on my external hard drive, as we live far enough apart that it counts as off-site.

    For synchronising my own files I use Owncloud, with a server hosted by Owncube. I also synchronise my phone contacts and my calendar over it, as I wanted to have more control over my data, get rid of US services for these things, as well as stop giving all my information to Google. Owncloud isn't perfect yet, but it's being developed, and it puts a high emphasis on having control over your data. For instance, with Owncube you can choose which country you want your servers to be located in.

    I do use Dropbox as well for passing files to my mother. My parents are new with the computer, and it's the easiest to use for a start. But none of those files are sensitive.

    • Maryon Jeane
      September 4, 2014 at 10:08 am

      I used CrashPlan for some years and restored a few files over that period. However - last year I had a major problem (unbelievably the IT firm I'd used for some time took my PC away for emergency repair and used a sixteen-year-old to perform the pre-repair backup; he backed up "where everyone puts their data" instead of my actual configuration and didn't check the backup before deleting everything...) and lost all my data, gaily logging on to CrashPlan to restore it. CrashPlan, for some reason, had failed to backup for some months and had not alerted me to that fact by e-mail (as they were meant to do) and, as I had been ill and in hospital, I hadn't checked. CrashPlan refunded the money I'd paid for the non-backed-up months, but could do little else. I've now taken full control of my own backups and will never trust an outside source again where critical data is concerned.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      That seems a strange stance for Mozy to have taken. Kind of, "How dare you use our services as advertised!" I suspect they lost a lot of business and goodwill with that.

  34. Tug R
    September 4, 2014 at 4:52 am

    I initially started out with Dropbox, but eventually shifted over to Google Drive because they offered more free storage. Though at this point I'm sticking with Drive largely because I've grown accustomed to the application and Dropbox doesn't offer the amount of storage I want for what I'm willing to pay. (100 GB for $2, like Google.)

    I would prefer to use Dropbox because their business is storage, not advertising, which somehow makes me feel more at ease with giving them my data. But until they offer a lower tier option, I'll be using Drive.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      That makes sense. Your experience suggests Dropbox is missing a trick by not offering a cheaper option.

  35. Sue
    September 4, 2014 at 4:45 am

    I subscribe to carbonite and use dropbox. Both have saved my life as I had two hard drive failures within 6 mos this year. Used to use mozy, but they held my files hostage for no good reason and I dropped them like stinking dung.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Two hard drive failures in six months is extremely bad luck! Good job you had protected yourself against it.

  36. Konstantin
    September 4, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Bitcasa

  37. Rajib Ghosh
    September 4, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Quite possibly, I signed up for free accounts with a whole lotta service providers, but the only one I end up using is box.com (50GB free offer).

    The service works hassle free, I don't get bombarded with upgrade offers, I don't get handcuffed to an unusable feature set. In fact, its improved quite a bit since I signed up.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      That's a hearty recommendation. What made you choose Box over the competition?

  38. J'Dinkalage Morgoone
    September 4, 2014 at 1:53 am

    I am using Microsoft OneDrive for university, BitTorrent Sync for local files, and Dropbox for my scripts, music, random files I share to the public. OneDrive integrates with my Windows 8 desktop, laptop, tablet, and Windows Phone effortlessly. I got 200GB of space free from various promotions. I also have a university email with Office 365. I had Google Drive long ago, but I left Google ecosystem. I am no longer interested in Google products.

    • Tug R
      September 4, 2014 at 4:54 am

      Is there a particular reason why you're no longer interested in Google's services? Occasionally I've felt the desire to broaden my internet horizons, but inevitably I come crawling back to the almighty Google after a few days.

    • silentcon
      September 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

      I also use OneDrive + office online + onenote for school. I find office online better than gdocs. Also it's integrated with windows and you get more storage if you use camera upload (+3GB = 18GB total free space). The onedrive apps aren't as good as dropbox though. It doesnt have a favourites feature which i used to sync my keepass database to all my devices.

      I still use dropbox for apps and services that doesnt support onedrive. I have an additional 50gb from them for 2 years. Adrive for android backups, mega for bigger files and google for books.

    • Dave P
      September 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      I have the same question as Tug R... what led to you abandoning Google?

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