With the recent influx of devices hitting the markets which do not come equipped with a SD card reader, the obvious next step (as per the manufacturers main purpose of omitting the SD card slots) is to invest in a cloud service option. Here are 8 best Cloud Storage services you need to know about.
Not overly expensive. Great for sharing files. Great for automatically backing up photos from phones and devices. Excellent client (desktop/mobile) software. Unknown track record with privacy (but you can encrypt your own data, if that’s an issue). I’ve used them for a few years now and after attempting to migrate away, I decided to stick with them. This is our #1 pick in terms of balancing price with convenience and quality. Our only concern with Dropbox (and this is probably true for almost every service) is you can’t create special accounts or API Keys to upload files from servers or other places you don’t want to leave your password laying around.
Amazon Cloud Drive:
Cheaper than Dropbox. If most of your data is photos, you can get a dirt cheap plan. Keep in mind that Dropbox uses Amazon for their own data storage. The client software sucks. You would only attempt to go with Amazon because it’s cheaper.
Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive:
Both seem pretty equal in terms of pricing/features. Google’s client software seems to be a little better, especially on non-Windows operating systems. Data-privacy is probably the same (although Google may fight the govt. a bit more than Microsoft, but that’s subjective). Microsoft just recently lowered the amount of free data they give away. We prefer Google’s email (Gmail) over Microsoft’s offerings. Overall, we’re really not sure why one would use either of these services over DropBox, especially now that Dropbox has released their own set of “productivity tools”.
An open source project where you can either host your own dropbox-like system or pay a provider to do so. This is better if you like privacy. It would be great to use if you don’t mind maintaining it and have a box somewhere with a stable network connection to use. For the price of almost any vps/cloud-server-instance + disk space, you’re probably not going to beat Dropbox’s price. This seems like a cool option if all of those other things are already in place. In terms of convenience, we opted to stick with Dropbox. We have 0 experience with the client software, so no clue whether those are nice (or not).
Hypothetically, you could simply use Amazon’s (or really anyone’s “cloud” storage) to back your data up. It’s going to be just as secure as Dropbox, if not slightly more secure. (Security, almost strictly through obscurity — although S3 allows you to set access permissions). You can access the S3 through both a browser or use something like s3-fuse to mount a bucket as part of your file-system (Linux, maybe Mac). We believe there is an S3 File Browser thing for windows. This would probably be the cheapest option but would require the most work and not have a mobile client (Hey, there’s an idea for a project!)
Would like to add it to the list to store important documents with sensitive information. That’ll keep anyone from seeing sensitive stuff if your computer or cloud account is compromised.
For photos and videos if you’re ok having them downsized you can’t beat Google Photos. Even if you don’t want them downsized, would recommend Google Photos for the ease of organization and integration with other things. So long as you’re not creeped out by them having your photos and probably using them to improve their intelligence software.
HubriC from OVH, they are also accessible via an API and charge a flat rate (€50/year/10TB) however they do restrict speed (10/10) and their data-centre is in France which could be a deal breaker if you are US based.