Ensuring the security of your business files is just as important as protecting your private information. The most popular way to do this is by using cloud storage platforms that are capable of holding huge chunks of data in one place.
For startup and small businesses, starting off with those FREE tools is enough. They are already capable of storing a lot. Today, we have listed 10 cloud platforms you can readily access without losing a penny. Let’s take a quick look.
This is a favorite go-to cloud platform by all Gmail users. It gives you 15 GB of storage and allows you to create spreadsheets, documents and presentations which you can then share with other Gmail users in your contacts.
If you are looking for something that offers an even bigger space, then Mega might just be the right platform. It offers free 50 GB of free storage and allows user sharing. There is just one drawback that you may want to take note of when it comes to accessing your account. The system does not get ahold of your information so it doesn’t record your passcode as well.
In short, there is no way to recover the contents of your account if you forget your code, so before using this, make sure you have an efficient way of keeping your access details safe in one place.
Just like Google Drive, this cloud platform also gives you 15GB free space. But unlike Google Drive, there are more options you can explore to get additional free space of up to 5GB. You can avail of this by referring up to 10 friends to use the drive.
It’s a simple platform that offers 10GB of free storage. Plus, it now has a mobile app version that you can use to sync the data you have on your PC directly to the cloud. From here, you can then start sharing content to other users.
It’s an ideal recommendation for businesses that are based outside of the United States. Users who sign up automatically gets 10 GB of free storage. They then get to enjoy additional 10 GB by inviting friends to use the same service. Users can also upload any types of files and share it with other users.
Among all the companies we have on this list, Hive is the only option that offers unlimited storage. But just like any of the good stuff, it also has its own set of drawbacks. This platform is run by ads, so expect advertisement on pages and even pop outs every now and then. If you want to get rid of the ads, certain payment is required.
Also, you can only share files with people who are also using Hive. Otherwise, it won’t work.
Those who are so concerned about their data security will find Copy a very friendly platform. Apart from providing a free 15 GB storage, it also prides itself on offering tight security for its member accounts. This can be attributed to the fact that the IT company who runs the service specializes in storage and security.
The platform also allows users to view the 30-day revision history and file recovery.
It’s the storage platform that is said to be specifically made for business. Free accounts get 10 GB of free storage. There is, however, a limit to the file size that is allowed to be saved – 250MB. Anything that exceeds this will not be saved.
It’s a storage platform that gives you 50 GB of free space but is also flooded with ads just like HIVE. For small companies or ventures looking for an avenue with bigger free space, then this platform might be a good pick.
Amazon Cloud Drive
At present, one needs to be a prime member of Amazon to get access to their free photo storage. If you are a user of the platform’s Simple Storage Service, you will get 5GB of free storage.
You don’t have to spend too much just to pay for file storage spaces. Explore the free options and see what works for the kind of business you have!
Christine de Guzman is a freelance writer for MyOptimind, a company that develops mobile apps, web design and SEO in the Philippines. They have also developed one of the best productivity apps for salespeople. Aside from being a freelancer, she also loves to travel out of town and keeps herself updated with the current technology. Follow me on Google+.