Data is no longer confined within a small space, if it is then the data is of no use. Cloud is the word that has revolutionized data access and people are no longer dependent on their own infrastructure.

Why should you use Cloud Storage?

Cloud storage not only provides ease of access but also helps in reducing the cost and maintainability. Let’s assume that you are working on an important presentation that you have to deliver in your office tomorrow. Now what would you do if the hard disk crashes suddenly? Though there are recovery tools that can help you to get the data back, it is always advisable to have a backup of your important files in an alternative source. This can help you to avoid last minute surprises and gives you peace of mind.

The online cloud storage services are your best companions. Unlimited lifetime online storage isn’t possible for free but we could still have our data split across multiple cloud storage providers to match our storage needs to some extent. I have listed some of the free cloud storage providers that can help you to store and access your data online. None of the below online storage providers ask you for credit card information and you can terminate the account whenever you want. If you feel cloud is just the thing you are looking out for, then you can upgrade your plan to suit your needs.

Cloud Storage

1) ADrive Cloud Storage

  •  You get 50 GB Free Disk Space
  • Each file that you upload cannot be more than 2 GB in size.
  • No desktop client or FTP access. You have to use the web interface to get your files on to the cloud.
  • This Cloud Storage free plan is Ad Supported so you may see ads floating around you.

2) Comodo Backup

Comodo Backup

  • You get 10 GB Free Disk Space for life time.
  • Comodo’s online storage Junk File Scanner helps you to avoid uploading duplicate files.
  • The files can be uploaded using cCloud web interface or using desktop client.
  • You can backup your data not only to the cloud but also push them to any other external drive or online storage space.

3) Box

  • You get 10 GB Free Disk Space.
  • You can upload files using web interface, desktop or mobile clients.
  • Box can help you to create Google docs and spreadsheets.
  • Each file that you upload cannot be more than 250 MB in size.
  • Two Factor Authentications – Set this up, so that every time when you login into Box a security code will be sent to the mobile number that you specify.
  • You can also get a digest of all Box account activities that has happened via email on daily basis.
  • Provides you the login activity of your Box Account to closely monitor the account.

4) SkyDrive

  • You get 7 GB Free Disk Space
  • You can upload files using both web interface and desktop client.
  • SkyDrive search will help you to locate files easily on your online drive.
  • Create and Edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on your SkyDrive.

5) Google Drive

Google Drive Storage

  • You get 15 GB Free Disk Space
  • The 15 GB storage size is shared between Google Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos.
  • Google Drive has lot of options for you and very beneficial in various ways, for example you can attach and send a document that is available in your Google Drive from Gmail itself.

6) DropBox

  • You get 2 GB Free Disk Space
  • Easily allows you to create links for your files and share it with non-drop box users.
  • Events Tab in your drop box gives you complete activity on what files you have added/deleted.
  • You can easily create folders in the online web interface and upload or move contents between folders.
  • You can use two-step verification (either by using mobile phone or using a mobile app) to secure your drop box access.

7) Cyphertite

Cyphertite Zero Knowledge Encryption

  • You get 8 GB Free Disk Space
  • The Zero Knowledge Encryption system guarantees that only you have access to the files, which also means that if you forget the Pass-phrase you can no longer access your files.
  • You need the Desktop Client Software to upload your files on to the cloud. The installer size is around 12 MB.
  • You can have a detailed look at their Cryptography Infographic to know how Cyphertite handles and stores your data.

8) SpiderOak

SpiderOak

  • You get 2 GB Free Disk Space.
  • You need the Desktop Client Software to sync your files to the cloud. The installer is around 25 MB.
  • Any files that you drop in SpiderOak Hive folder under your My Documents folder gets synced automatically to the cloud.
  • You can schedule your backup frequency under preferences, so that you have the updated data on cloud.

9) IDrive

IDrive Facebook Backup

  • You get 5 GB Free Disk Space
  • You can set your own Private Encryption Key or use the default one to encrypt your data.
  • You can refer your friends and for each signup with IDrive you add 1 GB of additional space to your existing storage limit, 18 GB is the maximum limit.
  • You can drag and drop files on to the web interface to upload files to IDrive or you can use the desktop client or mobile app for the same.
  • You can also backup all your Facebook photos and videos with tags to your IDrive account. You can backup Multiple Facebook accounts too.

10) MozyHome

  • You get 2 GB Free Disk Space.
  • For every four friends you refer you will get 1 GB added to your existing free space, ask them not to forget to use your referrer code when they signup.
  • No web interface is available. You require MozyHome Desktop Client to upload your files to cloud. The size of the installer for windows is around 13 MB and for Mac its 25 MB.

11) Elephant Drive

Elephant Drive Web Explorer

  • You get 2 GB Free Disk Space
  • You can upload your files using the online web explorer or via desktop client.
  • You can easily backup and then restore your files to your system using Elephant Drive.

12) Mixture Cloud

  • You get 3 GB Free Disk Space
  • A very simple online cloud storage service to upload your files and share them with your friends.

 13) Bitcasa

Bitcasa

  • You 10 GB Free Disk Space
  • Install Bitcasa Everywhere Chrome Plugin to push your web files directly to the cloud.
  • A simple cloud storage provider.

So you got the 126GB cloud storage on the whole, that’s more than what i had promised. I have tried all of them that are mentioned above and i frequently use DropBox, Cyphertite and SpiderOak. So which Cloud Storage Services are you using for storing the data online?  Did i miss something that should be on the list ?