December 2, 2013

The Best Online File Backup Services

The Best Online File Backup Services can be a lifesaver. Not only do you have a secure spot to keep your files backed up in the event of a hard drive failure, but you’re also able to access your files from anywhere with an internet connection. So even if you already have a hard drive backup, using free online file backup services is a great way to ensure you always have access no matter which machine you’re using to get to your files.

Below are some of the best free online file backup services available on the internet today.  All of them are easy to use and have some degree of free file storage that makes backing up your files online a breeze.

The Best Online File Backup Services:

Box.com has online file backup services for individuals and businesses. The basic free plan comes with up to 10GB of file storage online, and you can store files up to 25MB in size. You can log in to Box from anywhere you can browse the internet. Box even has an app for Android and iOS devices making it a great mobile online file backup service for your business documents.

Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) is an easy option for anyone with a Gmail or YouTube account. That’s because Google offers the Drive file backup service to any Google user for free. You can access your free 15GB Google Drive backup file service online, or you can download a desktop version that automatically syncs with your online Google Drive. The other neat feature of the Google Drive online file backup service is that multiple people can collaborate on a document – all editing it at the same time. This is especially useful if you have dispersed teams working on the same project. Google Drive is a very robust online file backup service you would be remiss not to check out.

Dropbox is one of the most popular online file backup services being used on the Internet today. You can access it directly from Dropbox.com or you can download a Dropbox folder onto any of your devices and it ensures all your files in the folder are synced across all your devices. The other cool thing about the Dropbox file backup service is their referral program. While your free account only starts out with 2GB, you can get an additional 500MB of free storage for every person that you refer to Dropbox. So if you and your friends all get on Dropbox you can get a ton of free storage from this online file backup service.

iCloud is only available for iOS devices – but since so many online entrepreneurs are working and living in the Apple ecosystem I thought this online file backup service had to get a mention. iCloud is very easy to use and install, since all you need is your Apple ID to get started with this online file backup service. Once you install it on all of your Apple devices (including AppleTV!) you’ll see that all of your files (including movies, photos and songs) are available across all of your devices. To make matters better, these purchased media files don’t contribute to your overall storage capacity, leaving you an entire 5GB of free online file backup storage for your mail, documents and other backups.

In terms of the best free online file backup services, one thing is for sure: these services have sure come a long way! It wasn’t all that long ago that we relied exclusively on external hard drives to backup our files. But now these free online file backup services make it easy to access your files wherever you are. And with the acceleration in Cloud Computing and Storage-as-a-Service this trend isn’t likely to reverse anytime soon.

So let me know in the comments below: How do you use free online file backup services to streamline your business life?

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Jeff Waite

As an optimization strategist, Jeff helps an array of business owners implement process-based growth initiatives, perfectly personalized to fit their offerings and industry.
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