Christmas is about togetherness. Only this year, things are a little different. But even though we might not be spending time with our loved ones in person, that’s no reason to lose the spirit of holiday sharing.
Memories are never far away with the amazing online technology available at our fingertips, and it’s easier than ever to share these memories with friends and family. All you have to do is choose a cloud storage option, and make sure you have fast internet from S&T. Our upgraded internet means you can upload your memories in a fraction of the time it would take with another service.
Here are few of the most common cloud-based storage hosts:
Dropbox is the OG of file-hosting. It’s simple, intuitive, and allows you to sync your files and store them securely. Dropbox is compatible with any operating system on both desktop and mobile devices.
Its basic package gives you two gigabytes of data for free, but you can earn 500 megabytes of additional storage for each referral who joins the program. There are several plans to choose from according to your needs, each with a low monthly fee. Along with cloud storage, you’ll have access to awesome features like file sharing, remote wipe for added security, and extended version history, which allows you to keep deleted files for up to a year.
OneDrive is perfect for families. If you use a Windows desktop computer, OneDrive is already seamlessly integrated into your operating system. Simply open the File Explorer, and there it is. OneDrive is also part of Microsoft 365 and can be installed on your mobile devices, including Xbox.
The basic plan comes with five gigabytes of storage, but if you use Microsoft 365, you get an extra TB per user on your subscription plan. If you don’t have Microsoft 365, you can still add 50 GB for $1.99 per month.
Like everything that Google offers, Google Drive is sleek, streamlined, and user-friendly. If you have a Google account, you already have access to Drive, so you can start using it today.
The basic model features 15 gigabytes of free data storage—that’s seven times the free storage offered by Dropbox! Need more room? Not a problem. Google One has an additional data purchasing matrix ranging from 100 GB for $1.99 a month to 10 TB for $99.99 a month, and you can share your storage with up to five other people.
As for downsides, there are very few. Google Drive is fast to upload and sync; it’s highly collaborative, always accessible, lets you share a diverse range of file types, has an easy-to-use interface, and is super secure. You can also use Drive to back up your handheld devices.
So in the spirit of the holidays, let’s all share and share alike! Just remember that the benefits of cloud-based storage are best leveraged by those with a fast, reliable high-speed internet connection from S&T.