Get your head in the cloud

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Let’s face it, majority of us are most concerned about losing our photos on our laptops or smartphones and are looking for ways we can store their important data.

With technological advancements, it’s important to remember that no matter how long our devices last, we can’t predict when our hard drive or smartphone is going to crash and fail. So let’s take a look at some ways you can prevent that from happening, for free!

Cloud storage has become increasingly popular over the last few years, reminding people that it’s important to back up their important data. The last thing anyone wants is to be the victim of a hard drive failure wiping out their entire life’s worth of work. There are various external back up devices as well as cloud services that can store your important data and get easy access to it from virtually anywhere.

1. iCloud

For those who have Apple devices or have a family of them, users can back up their data from their iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac – ranging from storing contacts, photos, notes and calendars to downloaded movies from the iTunes App Store.

Users are able to login to their iCloud account to access their personal data from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a device that connects to the Internet. Apple offers all users 5GB of free storage per Apple ID, and users can purchase more storage plans if need be.

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2. Dropbox

This is an awesome app for sharing, and storing documents and other data to provide a secure means of protecting your information. The app is available for download on Android and Apple devices, and anything you upload to your account will appear on all your other devices that have the app.

When you upload your content, your data is safely stored on a server where users can have access to their data from anywhere in the world. Users can also invite other people to their Dropbox list so that they can share and have access to the content too. The basic free Dropbox subscription gives users 2GB of content they can upload, and USD$9.99 per month for 100GB and so on.

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3. Flickr

Photographers can rejoice as Flickr now allows users to upload 1 terabyte worth of photos to their account and not have to worry about running out of storage. Flickr can be downloaded to tablet or smartphone devices from the app store for free, and users can store their precious memories online and make it publicly available or private.

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4. Google Drive

Users can turn to Google’s highly efficient cloud service which allows users to store a whopping 15GB worth of data. From uploading presentations, Word documents, PDF’s and various other data, users can have access to this content with no expiration or contract. Google also offers an app that can be downloaded from the App Store for various different devices.

Recently, Google Drive has added the ability for users to be able to edit their slides from a presentation from Google itself, making it easier to share and navigate from the site itself rather than shuffling through programs.

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5. Box

This service allows uploads of various documents from Apple and Android devices and allows users to share their information with others, while maintaining 256-bit AES encryption to make sure that your data is safe. With mobile access to this service from smartphones, you can take your documents on the go without using the storage from your phone.

Users can upload gigabytes of their music collection and feel at ease knowing that their content is safe and available for access anywhere. Box offers 10GB to users, and allows them to upload content and share the link with others to provide quick and easy access.

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