Cloud storage apps—a service where data is remotely maintained, managed, and backed up—are steadily gaining popularity these days. These apps allow users to store files online and access them from any location via the internet. Rashi Varshney takes a look at some of the widely popular cloud storage apps that don’t cost you anything!
Mega is a cloud storage and file hosting service. The app is a browser-based end-to-end encryption and provides free 50 GB of storage, which is pretty large compared to other prominent players. One can get 200 GB of additional storage for around R330 per month.. The app is available on Google Play and Apple Store.
The Amazon Drive allows users to view files and folders, preview docu-ments, as well as play music and videos stored on the cloud drive. The app enables simplified storage mana-gement as one can view/ navigate folders and files, rename or delete files, and sort files by date or name. If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, then Amazon offers unlimited photo storage and 5 GB for all other files. It lets you share the files as links and attachments through emails and messages. One can simply copy a link of the file and attachments to share through email, text message and other apps such as WhatsApp or Facebook.
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Box enables simple, secure file sharing and collaboration from anywhere. It offers 10 GB of free storage and supports a tonne of file formats and types. You can create, edit and review documents with others in real-time on any device. You can securely share large files with a simple link or custom URL, control access with permissions you set and secure files with password protection. You can also view full documents in 120+ file types, including Word and PowerPoint, without needing to download the file first.
Google Drive offers 15 GB of free storage from the time you create an Google account, and you can purchase more later. It allows you to store important files, documents, pictures and so on. If you use Gmail, using Google Drive you can send large files to your contacts directly from your email account. It app offers a number of useful features, but is best for those who work a lot with documents.
Degoo gives 100 GB free secure cloud storage. It uses military grade encryp-tion before uploading them to the cloud. For more than 100 GB, one can upgrade with in-app purchases. The app has a real-time sync, which means that as soon as you add a photo in the phone gallery it automatically updates it in the cloud storage.