Cloud storage alternatives have expanded considerably in the recent past, with storage size, ease-of-use, file synchronization, speed and time required for backup, performance, sharing, security and data breach risks and ramification, downtime history, learning curve and personnel training, app requirements, geography (international security risks), number of machines, system type, and free storage/free trial periods defining a broad range. Some offer browser extensions facilitating mobile access.
Online backup, as distinguished from cloud storage, features versioning, which preserves prior backup versions useful in the event of viral infection, glitches, or disaster occurrence.
Dropbox, Box, and other popular services (50+ internationally) offer easy upload, online file storage and sharing, particularly convenient for day-to-day sharing of those files exceeding e-mail size limitations (usually 10 – 30 MB, depending on the e-mail server parameters). Uploaded files are relatively secure, password protected, while download and read access levels are modulated by the sharing party.
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