The online storage in the cloud is now in morals and gradually taking the place of hard disks and other physical media. Therefore, the number of suppliers is also multiplied and it becomes difficult to choose the best of them.
To help you sort, here is a selection of the top cloud service providers for 2017
1. Google Drive
Google Drive is currently the epicenter of Google services and one of the best and most used cloud service providers. Creating a Google account allows you to have 15 GB of free space. Therefore, Gmail or YouTube users benefit directly from a Google Drive account. The purchase of a Chromebook provides free 100 GB for 2 years. The same goes for some Android devices.
Documents from other Google services like Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings can be stored without cutting into the space of the drive. Similarly, Google Music allows you to store up to 50,000 songs to the cloud regardless of the space.
Like most cloud service providers, Google Drive works by creating a local folder on the PC of the user synchronized with the online version. Collaboration in real time on Google Docs and other editing features are supported.
Customers are offered compatible PC, Mac, Android, and iOS. You can choose files and folders to sync across devices. Data is encrypted in 128-bit Algorithm and Google says it will not consult the documents stored unless they are forced by the authorities. A two-step verification provides the secure file. Google Drive is a great choice for users of Google services, using an intuitive interface in a tree structure.
The basic OneDrive account offers for free is 5 GB storage. A subscription to Office 365 allows the benefit of an area of 1 TB.
This service uses the Modern UI design of Microsoft. Files and folders can be created on the web, including formats and Office OneNote through integration with Office Online.
Windows 10 user can choose to synchronize files to access them from any device. The various social networking accounts can be associated with onedrive account to easily share documents stored in the cloud. A permissions system allows defining the editing options available to the specific users.
Microsoft OneDrive also has the ability to receive unlimited space in exchange for an Office account. Moreover, this service presents a disadvantage regarding confidentiality. Microsoft reserves the right to scan any document stored on the Cloud to its legality.
The free Basic account Dropbox offers 2 GB storage. For document storage, this space is ample. However, it is too little to store media files. For 9.99 € per month, you can have 1 TB of space. In addition, for each user initiated by you, you will get additional 500 MB up to 16 GB. It is also possible to receive 250 MB exploring the basic features through a guided tour, and 3 GB of more space on synchronizing the camera of your smartphone to Dropbox. Ad hoc partnerships with some manufacturers of smartphones and tablets are also used to receive 50 GB more with the purchase of a specific model.
Dropbox works by creating a local folder on your computer or mobile device of the user. This file is then synchronized with the online version. With this system, documents and files are available online and offline. On mobile, selected files can be edited offline.
Files and folders can also be shared with other users. However, with a basic account, it is impossible to set up a permissions system. Therefore, any user with access to a file can edit or delete it. Fortunately, a good back up system of 30 days is proposed.
In terms of security, Dropbox provides an authentication system in two stages, and an encryption AES 256-bit servers. This service is offered to customers Linux and Blackberry in addition to Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS. Finally, Dropbox is a cloud provider reliable and solid, which particularly draws its strength from its integration with many third party applications.
Founded in 2013 by German Kim Dotcom. Mega is a New Zealand company now independent of its founder. The main advantage of this cloud service is its particularly enhanced security. This cloud is fully encrypted from end to end. Each file transferred in Mega is encrypted locally and during transfer to the destination server. There is no way to access information, only the user has the necessary key.
The free account offers 50 GB of space. You can enjoy 500 GB for € 99 per year, 2 TB for 199 € per year, or € 299 for 4 TB per year. Customers offered are compatible with Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry. There are also plug-ins for Firefox and Chrome browsers.
Sharing is easy between users of Mega. As Google Drive or onedrive, simply send an invitation to a friend and set the level of permissions to decide to what extent they can edit files. Cloud users not using Mega can receive an invitation with a key to access the documents.
In 2016, Mega has added communication features like video chat, voice calls, email and instant messaging. Again, communication is encrypted from end to end. Finally, Mega is a judicious choice of Cloud for users concerned about their privacy.
In the area of secure cloud storage, tresorit can be considered. With Windows and OS X customers, the data is encrypted locally and then sent to the server using TLS. The user is the only one to keep the decryption key. In addition, a two-step verification can be activated. Based in Switzerland, the servers are subject to very strict conditions of confidentiality.
Unfortunately, storage offerings are relatively limited. The 3 GB are free, but the user must take the test version of the Premium at € 12.50 per month. A Premium guarantees 100 GB storage. The Business Account itself offers 1 TB of storage and the ability to destroy documents remotely.
In conclusion, tresorit boasts an intuitive and uncluttered interface, and a system of reliable and effective security. Offerings are unfortunately less attractive than the competition. This service is primarily intended for professionals.
Launched in 2005, Box is one of the oldest cloud providers. Primarily for professionals, it also offers personal offers. Free registration allows you to benefit from 10 GB of storage space. Unfortunately, the file size is limited to 250 MB. This maximum size, however, sufficient for storing documents. Versioning is not supported for free accounts.
For 4 € per month, storage is provided for 100GB and a maximum file size of 2GB. For 12 € per month, space jumps to 1TB and the maximum size to 5Gb with supply business. This allows for teamwork, encrypt documents and set permissions to have more versioning.
The interface is intuitive and readable, especially on mobile with an application available on iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry very well designed. There are many options to create, upload and sort the files. Documents can be created on the web portal with Microsoft Office formats, Google Docs or Web then edited using a downloadable plugin.
In conclusion, Box is a particularly good choice of cloud provider for companies with for example the ability to link to Cloud Office. Many applications are built this way in Box.
Offered by Britain Currys PCWorld, Knowhow ensures user data safety. Three storage options are available: 200 GB, 2 TB or 4 TB. It is also possible to select the number of synced devices and the number of years of use. The most attractive offer appears to be that of 2 TB for five devices, priced £ 30 per year.
The service also offers the Briefcase, an online storage space that is not connected to a computer. Since the web portal or any computer users can upload and download files like Dropbox or onedrive. You can access these files from a PC, phone or tablet from the application available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The interface is clear, readable. An automatic backup of data is made as soon as the installation is complete.To ensure safety, Knowhow Cloud uses TLS encryption during data transfer. The Briefcase files are encrypted on the user’s computer. Servers based in England are not encrypted, but multiple layers of protection are applied.
Texas-based Mediafire existed for almost 10 years. First founded as a file sharing service, the company is now among the cloud providers. It shares the files as Google Drive, onedrive, Dropbox but can also post them directly to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumbler, Google+ or Blogger from the portal Mediafire. The free account offers 10 GB of storage space, which can easily be expanded to 50 GB. However, the file size is limited to 200 MB, and file sharing shows advertisements.
Professional account for its costs $ 4.99 per month and provides 1TB of storage space. The maximum file size is extended to 20GB, and ads do not come to embarrass users.
Mediafire can create folders, upload files and perform automatic backups of photos taken with the synchronized mobile device. The desktop client creates a new folder on the hard disk in which files can be easily be removed and are directly synchronized.The interface has several nice features like the ability to run multimedia files directly in the Mediafire browser without having to download them. You can also annotate screenshots taken on the PC and then share them.
9. Apple iCloud
Since 2014, iCloud can store any file or document even if it is not from an Apple application. However, there is no App for Windows, Android or Blackberry OS. This service is therefore intended primarily for users of iPhone or iPad.
By default, folders Numbers, Pages and Keynote are created on iCloud Drive, but the user can create others at will.Apple offers 5GB of free space. However, this space quickly proves insufficient to perform a full backup of an iOS device. The 50GB is priced € 0.99, € 2.99 for the 200GB, and TB for 9,99 € per month.Recently, it is possible to share files between multiple applications such as creating a graphic and insert it into a presentation. The other advantage is synchronization between devices is very fast.Most of the data is encrypted in 128-bit AES. The 256-bit is for Passwords Keychain. The brand with the Apple reserves the right to consult the files stored on its cloud if it suspects illegal content.
Recently, it is possible to share files between multiple applications such as creating a graphic and insert it into a presentation. The other advantage is synchronization between devices is very fast.Most of the data is encrypted in 128-bit AES. The 256-bit is for Passwords Keychain. The brand with the Apple reserves the right to consult the files stored on its cloud if it suspects illegal content.
The Mozy free account offers only 2 GB of storage space. The premium offerings start at 10€/month for 10 GB. This solution allows the user to choose the hard drive to transfer files to the cloud. These folders and their files are automatically synchronized and can be opened from any other machine from the web portal or mobile. Clients are available for OS X, Windows, iOS and Android.Among the useful features of Mozy include versioning of 30 days or the ability to download all files in one click.
The interface is not especially original but is correct and stable. After installing the client, simply drag the files in the drive Mozy. The copy will be stored on the cloud. You can choose which files will be saved, and other parameters can also be set with ease. Security is ensured by a local encryption AES 256-bit or 448-bit Blowfish.
To ensure data security, SpiderOak performs local encryption before syncing files to the cloud. Therefore, the encryption key is stored on the machine and the documents are accessible only to the user.
Moreover, despite the added security, you can access files from multiple machines through SpiderOak Hive. This application is similar to Dropbox and local folder. The interface is, however, more detail with the ability to view the list of synced devices and access the file tree in the SpiderOak Hive folder. It is also possible to select the files to back up from a menu.
The basic account offers 2GB of storage but is limited to 60 days trial. For file sharing, it is necessary to create a Share ID to preserve data security. This caution is the hallmark of SpiderOak. So if you leave the applications open, many alert messages will warn you of a potential threat. This service is a good choice for storing sensitive data.
Simpler than its competitors, Amazon Cloud Drive however limited to backup photos and videos. The desktop application is available for PC and Mac and is in the form of a folder where the files can be dropped.
The free account offers 5 GB of storage space. For € 20 a year, Amazon offers 20 GB and up to 1 TB for 400 € per year. The Amazon Prime members receive unlimited space for their photos Cloud Drive. The firm also offers Cloud Player, a music storage service allowing storage of up to 250 songs for free. These files can be opened from a mobile device iOS or Android via the Amazon MP3 application.
Egnyte allows storing all types of files without size limitations while allowing to set permissions for each user. The main drawback is the inability to stream media files directly from the cloud, but this is a secondary functionality for businesses. For the rest, Egnyte is both reliable, comprehensive and easy to use.
Priced at $ 5 per month, OpenDrive can store, synchronize and access to all types of documents with ease. The media files can be opened directly in streaming, and documents can be edited. The only downside is the inability to synchronize mail, calendar or contacts list.
pCloud is another great cloud service provider. Opening a pCloud account allows you to have 10 GB of free space.
In terms of premium offerings, pCloud offers 500 GB for 3.99 dollars to 7.99 dollars. No size restriction is imposed for files. The transfers are fast, and encrypted in TLS/SSL. A Folder Crypto keeps records selected out of sight thanks to a local encryption. Files and folders stored there are encrypted in 256-bit AES encryption and the encryption key is based on the RSA 4096-bit.Customers are offered compatible Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android.
For file sharing, Invitation links may be sent to allow colleagues to access. Permissions can be defined. A feature called Upload link sends a link to all the recipients to download directly from pCloud.
In conclusion, pCloud is convincing thanks to its low price compared to the competition. The security offered by the Crypto Folder is also an advantage.