We all know that Google is somewhere near the top of the internet totem pole; what may still surprise some is the fact that the site goes far beyond its search engine capabilities. Let’s explore the magic that is Google Drive, the company’s cloud service, and how it could maybe benefit you.
For starters—and this will probably delight the majority of readers—the use of Google Drive is “free”. I say “free” because as you may very well understand by now, if a company is not selling an obvious product or service, well, chances are you are the product. Now, before I get sued for not going further into details I have to explain that there is a limit to the storage you may use before the service is no longer free. Users have 15 GB of free storage to share across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. If Google Apps is used at work or school, you have at least 30 GB of storage. If you run out of free storage, you can buy more by looking into Google’s various storage plans that they offer. The plans range from a monthly payment of $1.99 for 100 GB to $299.99 for 30 TB. It’s important to note also that Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Presentations, Drawings, etc., do not count towards storage used. Man, these guys are really reeling me in.
You know how much it costs now, but… how safe it is it to use?
Cloud services are not immune to third party attacks as is the case with most internet services; Google Drive is no exception. There were some questions that had arisen when Google Drive was born and they still bother some skeptics to this day. Many people began to question, “Does Google own my files as soon as I upload them?”. Well, Google has since replied and in their terms of services states, “[users] retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that [they] hold…what belongs to you stays yours”. Phew! That’s a slight relief. Google has also inegrated the use of HTTPS on all of its services in addition to impementing ‘internal measures’ to look out for potential compromised login activity. But as Nene Leakes suggests in the gif above: proceed with caution. If a major movie studio can’t keep from getting hacked then who is to say your data isn’t next?
If you’re not convince yet, I’ll make it just a tad harder to say no to. Google Drive is available on mobile (but I mean, how surprising is that really?). Google Drive is actually the sole cloud service I use. It’s what I choose to use because you can access it from a computer at school or from your phone when you’re out getting coffee. You can also be working on a document, close it, and open it up elsewhere and it will be right as you left it. You can certainly survive without using a cloud service, but I mean… do you really want to? There’s no hard feelings if you blame me in the future for changing your life for the better once you start using Google Drive.