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7 Most Popular Free Online CLoud Storage Tools

With the increasing amount of data on your computers, your hard drives get burdened. In this fickle day and age, it isn’t too far-fetched to imagine losing all the important documents you have stored on your computer if your hard drive decided to crash all of a sudden – which, as we all know, it is quite wont to do. In most such cases, unless you have been prudent enough to store backup files in an external hard drive, you cannot recover the lost data. This is where the importance of cloud storage comes into the picture. With the help of the various services this wonderful technological innovation offers, you can store your data on a virtual hard drive and access it whenever required.

This article examines the variety of tools at your disposal which facilitate transferring data from your computer to your cloud account, along with security-related aspects for each. The most important thing that is common to all the listed cloud storage techniques is that, they are all free of cost, so that you may hold your pockets tight. This article will list all the (not all, but major) online cloud storage tools to protect your data and memories, so they are never lost. Let’s begin exploring the online Cloud Storage tools.

Most Popular Free Cloud Storage Tools

1. Dropbox (https://dropbox.com)
Dropbox
Dropbox

Dropbox provides 2GB of space with support for Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Kindle Fire powered devices. It includes features such as forward secrecy, authentication cookies, HSTS and camera upload functionality. You will be able to manage files by selecting the Dropbox icon from the system tray followed by the Open Dropbox folder option, where you can drag and drop files. You could also share the document using a link if you hover over each item and click on ‘Share Link’. Dropbox make use of 256 bit AES encryption, fragmented discrete file blocks and a 128 bit SSL/TLS tunnel.

Prime Feature: Dropbox enables you to retrieve deleted files within 30 days.

2. Degoo (https://degoo.com/)
Degoo
Degoo

The USP of Degoo is having the privilege to select your own backup folder during the initial configuration. For this, you need to double click on the folder name on the tool, and copy the files and folders you need to transfer. Degoo provides 100GB storage and makes use of 128 bit AES with CBC, PKCS5 padding encryption including TLS 1.2. Moreover, all encrypted data blocks are signed using an advanced cryptographic library called Keyczar. The passwords are protected using PBKDF2 and HMAC512 with a secret key.

Prime Feature: Degoo stores several copies of each file and provides support for multiple custom folder selection.

3. MEGA (http://www.mega.co.nz)
MEGA
MEGA

MEGA provides a whopping 50GB of cloud space which is amply sufficient for storing plenty of documents, images and videos. Mega Sync Client enables you to upload files from your computer and store them on your account. All you need to do is select the ‘Upload to Mega’ option by clicking on the star symbol on the top right side of the tool. You will see a dialog from where you can pick the required folders or files which need to be synced. Alternatively, you can drop the folders into your system – the tool automatically detects them. You will be able to view the transfer progress by selecting the red icon on the taskbar.

Prime Feature: MEGA offers a secure environment for storage management with support for user controlled encryption, AES-128, RSA-2048, HTML5 Web Crypto API and RC4 entropy pool.

Tip: If you are unable to access MEGA from your computer, modify the DNS of your Internet account to that of Google’s server which is 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

4. One Drive (https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-in/download/)
OneDrive
OneDrive

Microsoft One Drive provides support for a wide range of devices including Xbox. A new folder named One Drive will be created inside your system into which you can drop the folders which you wish to sync. You can modify parameters such as automatic saving of screenshots by right clicking on the One Drive icon from the taskbar and selecting the Settings option in addition to disabling auto-start.

Prime Feature: With the help of One Drive, you will be able to get up to 15GB of additional, bonus storage space, along with a facility to upgrade using local currency.

5. Box (https://www.box.com/)
Box
Box

Box offers 10GB of storage space and enables you to sync the required folders using the drag and drop mechanism. A new folder named Box Sync is created where you can store more than one lakh files with support for special characters in file names and paths with 256 characters. However, they don’t have the option for choosing a custom folder for sync. You can upload any number of files but a single file cannot be of a size more than 250MB.

Prime Feature: Box provides the option of turning off the sync process using a slider.

6. CloudApp (https://www.getcloudapp.com/)
CloudApp
CloudApp

CloudApp enables you to not just share files but also directly capture screenshots by selecting the Take Screenshot icon. The captured image gets saved automatically to your account without as much as the click of a button. You can also generate a short link in a secure 128-bit HTTP format, among other facilities such as password protecting each stored file, adding annotations, webcam video recordings and sharing files via email, HipChat and Slack.

Prime Feature: CloudApp includes a feature using which you can destroy the files within a specified time interval.

7. Google Drive (https://www.google.com/drive/)
Google Drive
Google Drive

Google Drive provides 15GB of storage space and is available for Windows, Android and IoS platforms. In order to store files, you need to drop them into separate folders which are created after installation. You will be able to configure proxies via Preferences. Google Drive makes use of 128-bit AES technology while transferring files. However, its lack of support to Windows Phone is disappointing and gives it a bit of a disadvantage.

Prime Feature: You can make use of third party encryption tools such as Boxcryptor to integrate advanced security features which include AES-256 and RSA-4096 encryption standards.

Which one should you go for?

Dropbox will not display any progress bar after your drop files/folders into the sync folder, although it does have a green icon in each folder inside the drive to indicate that the items have been successfully transferred. MEGA, on the other hand, shows transfer progress along with percentage status, detecting addition of files instantly and performing the sync operation. With MEGA, you could either drop the contents into the folder or manually upload them, which Dropbox doesn’t provide support for, from your desktop. The sync folder of MEGA can be recognized by the red mark. However, individual files/ folders inside the drive are not marked. MEGA doesn’t consume heavy system resources and is hence compatible with old computers as well. For instance, we noticed that our test computer slowed down during the booting process after the installation of Dropbox. Also, while Dropbox provides only 2GB of storage space, MEGA provides 50GB of space, which is sufficient for normal usage. So as you can see, MEGA offers more features than Dropbox along with additional security which makes your work infinitely easier.

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