Google Drive: Google does it again with Cloud Storage

google-drive-masthead-620The time a flash drives is almost completely behind us with cloud service available to the masses and Google Drive is the best option to go with from your basic computer user to your computer file pack rat. For starters Google gives you 15 GB of storage space that you can store any type of file you desire on for no cost at all and an upgrade to 100 GB for a small monthly fee of a $1.99 (see whole price break down here). The interface also allows for you to micromanage your files by creating folders for them within the Drive.

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And if you’re afraid of your files security being compromised you can put those fears to rest because Drive is encrypted using SSL, the same security protocol used on Gmail and other Google services. As a program Google Drive is very user-friendly and makes it easy to share files (or not your call) in the Drive to your peers from any computer connected to Wi-Fi or using the mobile app both for iOS and Android. Another big plus about Google Drive is that you can access it right from the web as long as you have Google Chrome.

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The drive also has a downloadable program making it even easier to upload your files from your computer to the World Wide Web. If your email account is on Gmail you can even sync Google Drive with your Gmail and Chome so you only need one login making Google drive and other Google amenities seamless, easy to use, and built for each other. So if you want free, safe, fast, and, easy storage that is very reliable for the storage any file you could desire with access from any device as long as you’re connected to the Internet, Google Drive is the way to go.

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Box in the Cloud

Box in the Cloud

Box in the Cloud | Dropbox Highlights
by studioWord

Dropbox is a familiar 2.0 cloud service, in that the more you use or refer, the more storage capacity and service you earn —very 2.0 ideologically, if you ask me. The more content you produce, the more you’re potentially worth.

Common limitations include HD video playback. I’ve experienced same.

Cost

Dropbox by Dropbox, Inc., is a “fremium” file-sharing and storage service that allows users to bring photos, docs and videos anywhere, and share them easily, i.e, via the Internet “cloud”. Dropbox services are tiered according to the fremium model I mentioned, as seen here. (Dropbox.com)

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 7.42.38 AMAvailable Storage (Is it just docs? Or can it upload media file, pictures, video?)

Docs, Audio and Video (List of All compatible file formats)

Free basic service provides 2GB of space, backup and simple file sharing from anywhere.
Dropbox Pro at $9.99 / month offers 1 TB (1,000 GB), and a unique set of sharing controls.
Dropbox Pro Plus for Business is $15 / user / month is enhanced by centralized administration tools, unlimited version history and audit log.

Security

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Features, Mobility & Integration

With apps available for all your computers, phones, and tablets, you can show off videos, automatically upload photos, or open documents from anywhere.” (Dropbox).

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 8.18.43 AMPersonal Selection

I chose Dropbox because I use it regularly, just as prescribed (file sharing/storage/accessibility and updates) for school and business.

Dropbox and MediaFire

By Angela Ang

I’ve used Dropbox for several years now. I have two web app accounts on it: one for personal and one for business/school purposes. The desktop app only works for one account so I chose the business/school account to have a place on my computer; the desktop app allows you to treat the Dropbox folder as one of the folders on your hard drive.

On my business/school account, I started with 2 GB of space and have earned 750 MB so far. I am using 2 GB of 2.75 GB total. I have a couple of shared folders and find it very convenient when collaborating and sharing large files with supervisors, coworkers and classmates.

Dropbox does not work well though as a player when viewing uploaded HD video files so I avoid using it as that. I also noticed that Dropbox does not show you how much time is remaining when uploading large files. You only know a file is uploading via a blue icon (and via a green icon when it is finished uploading).

I recently tried MediaFire and 10 GB of storage is very nice to start with. MediaFire’s interface is also very nice. Any photos you’ve uploaded is put on a gallery with thumbnails and an active feature photo. Video and music file players are clean with prominent social media sharing icons. One feature I particularly like is when uploading files, unlike Dropbox’s simple “yes/no” icons, MediaFire has a progress bar so you know exactly how much time is remaining. However, like Dropbox, MediaFire does not play HD video files very well either.

I like MediaFire’s interface very much and the amount of free storage they give you from the start. I will start using MediaFire for my professional/school accounts (as these files tend to be larger) and keep Dropbox for my personal account.