Whether it is called Cloud storage, storage cloud-based or cloud storage, backup files online is widespread, and many companies now offer their services to individuals. There are so many services that it is difficult to see clearly and to find the cloud perfect.
Just for you, we have selected the cloud that we seem to be the best on the market, and that will allow you to back up your files, photos, videos, music and other important data without taking up room on your smartphone, tablet or PC.
What is the best Cloud ?
Our favorite : Google Drive.
The Cloud with the best features available for a fee : pCloud.
The Cloud with the largest storage capacity of free : Mega.
The more secure : Tresorit.
Best for business : Dropbox
1. Google Drive .
Google Drive has been designed for holders of a Gmail account and other Google users. It is one of the best Cloud services available on the market.
If you have a YouTube account, Gmail, or even Google Calendar, you can already take advantage of 15 Gb of free storage space.
This space is shared between the different apps Google, so if you have large attachments in your Gmail or that you store your photos using Google Photo then the space used will be subtracted from your 15 Gb.
You can share your documents stored on the Cloud and whether or not to allow their modification. Note that the documents shared with you, which will appear in your google Drive (Google doc, sheet, slides, etc) do not count against your 15 Gb, just like the music stored on Google Music.
Easy-to-use, Google Drive is available on PC or Mac, Android or iOS (but is not yet available on Windows Phone).
If you use the services of Google, this Cloud is for you !
15 Gb of space.
Unlimited storage of photos.
Sharing with members of the family (5 max.).
2. Microsoft OneDrive .
Primarily intended for users of Windows, Microsoft OneDrive is a storage service, whose conditions of use have experienced many changes in recent years.
Initially, OneDrive offered 15 Gb of free storage to its users with 15 Gb additional for those who connected in the camera of their smartphone to the Cloud. In addition, if you were a customer of the software Office 365 then you will get an unlimited storage on the Cloud.
Now, users of OneDrive have 5 Gb of free storage. You can also pay € 2 per month to get 50 Gb, or 69 €/year (or 7 €/month) for 1 Tb (this includes the Office 365 suite).
The interface of OneDrive is simple and clear. It is possible to create folders and files online, including Office formats.
There is a social aspect to this Cloud because you can create links to your social networks and more easily share your files via Facebook or other.
Unlike Dropbox, sharing documents in “read-only” is available even to users who have the free version.
Privacy issue, Microsoft reserves the right to scan the documents that you store to ensure that you don’t use their service to store illegal content.
OneDrive is, with Apple, which applies the same policy that is potentially more intrusive than other Cloud services.
With the paid package, you benefit from enhanced security (detection of rançongiciel, links, sharing protected by password..).
5 Gb of space.
1 Tb free with Office 365.
Files on demand to save space on your devices.
3. pCloud .
Available on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android, pCloud allows you to store up to 10 Gb free.
If you need more space, pCloud offers very good subscriptions : 3,99 €/month 500 Gb or 7,99 € for the 2 Tb.
pCloud syncs quickly and has no restriction on the size of the backed up files as long as there remains space on your Cloud. The transfer of data on the Cloud is encrypted (256-bit AES/SSL) to ensure their safety.
pCloud has a feature that no other Cloud offering : the encrypted folder. All the items that are placed there are encrypted locally, which means that even the employees of pCloud may not have access to it. It is dedicated to your information the more sensitive, and costs 4,99 € per month extra.
For the rest, this Cloud works and presents itself as the other, and offers the possibility to directly import the contents of other Cloud. This is very handy if you change services or if you want to store documents on multiple Cloud.
Easy-to-use, pCloud offers a very good storage capacity, free or paid. The option to have an encrypted folder will appeal to users looking to store sensitive data (bank files, etc).
10 Gb of space.
AES 256-bit encryption.
4. Amazon Drive .
Amazon Drive is accessible to members Bonus, this cloud allows you to back up your photos in an unlimited way, in addition to having 5 Gb for the rest of your files (videos,..) and for those who have not Premium.
To access the 3-month free trial to Amazon Drive you must connect to your Amazon account or create one if you are not yet a customer.
Like many Cloud Amazon Drive installs on your computer and then is accessible on all your devices (PC, Mac, Android, iOS).
This Cloud is more for storage of media file. For example, it is not possible to share folders but only individual files (and in the limit of 25 files at once).
Amazon Drive has an unbeatable price but will not correspond to the needs of all. If you want to use your Cloud for your work, to store files such as Word or collaborate on projects then this service may disappoint you.
5 Gb of space.
Photo storage unlimited.
5. Mega .
You might remember Mega Upload, the download site, (rather illegal) to “Kim Dotcom”, and well, Mega is the service of storage cloud, which he co-created in 2013. Now, Mega is a full-fledged company, with no relationship with his sulphur creator.
Mega focuses on the security of the data stored in its Cloud by encrypting all the steps to download and on its servers. Only the user can have access to its files using an encryption key that is assigned to it.
Share documents with other users of the Mega is as simple as Google Drive or OneDrive, and you can in the same way to limit or not the changes to the documents. If you want to share your document with someone who does not have an account with Mega, you must provide an encryption key so that it can access it.
We’ve kept the best for the end : when you create an account with Mega, you get up to 50 Gb of free storage. You can also opt for a pro account from 4,99 €/month or enterprise account starting from $ 9.99/month.
The free offer of Mega is really impressive and can very well meet the needs of the majority of users in search of a space of online storage.
15 Gb of space.
Encryption through your password (don’t forget).
Mega does not have access to your data.
6. Dropbox .
Compatible with Windows operating systems, macOS, Android and iOS, Dropbox is also one of the only services available to users of Linux and Blackberry.
Dropbox is easy to use : it creates a file on your computer that is automatically synchronized with a double line. You can access all of your data that you’re connected to the internet or not. For the smartphone application, you can specify
to which folders you want to access offline.
The basic Dropbox is free, it gives you 2 Gb of online storage. If you want to use Dropbox to files
heavy type videos, and other media, you will need to buy the paid version of this service.
Folders stored on the Cloud can be shared, modified, or erased by other users. Only the Advanced version (15 €/month)
allows you to share read-only documents, or to institute codes of access to certain records.
With this last, you also have new features such as the ability to sign a PDF directly from Dropbox, to share files via iMessage (for iOS users) or even watch a video stored on Dropbox on his iPad while working simultaneously on another app.
Question security, there is an identification procedure in two steps, and the files are sent, downloaded, or hosted on the Cloud are encrypted
(AES 256 side Dropbox and SSL end-users to send and download).
Some competitors offer a few extra features, but the one in the other, Dropbox remains the gold standard of storage services to the cloud.
2 Gb of space (that is..).
very good functions Business .
7. Apple iCloud .
You guessed it, iCloud is the storage service Apple. Intended for users of iOS and macOS, (there is no app available for Android, Windows Phone, or Blackberry), iCloud is also accessible on a PC by connecting to icloud.com or using iCloud for PC.
Rather basic, the cloud is Apple compatible with many applications. Fast and reliable, the Cloud allows you to back up the content on all your Apple devices. However, to do this, you will probably need more than 5 Gb of free iCloud.
iCloud Drive, like Google Drive and a few other competitors, makes working on different devices is very simple. You can start a document on your iPad, continue on your MacBook and edit them on your iPhone. Sharing documents is also very easy.
Apple reserves the right to consult the contents of the folders that you store on its servers if the company has reason to believe that they contain material that is unlawful or dangerous.
iCloud was designed for Apple users. If all your devices are apple and you are ready to pay a minimum of €0.99 per month, to back up your data on the Cloud, this offer is made for you.
5 Gb of space.
Compatible with all Apple devices.
Automatic backup from the apps.
8. Box .
Box, not to be confused with Dropbox is a storage service that caters primarily to businesses, but that provides a good offer to individuals.
The free offer allows you to store up to 10 Gb, but limit each file to 250 Mb. This characteristic is problematic for those wishing to save videos since even the photos high resolutions do not exceed the bar of 250 Mb.
Another element to keep in mind is that, unlike a lot of Cloud, Box does not allow you to view previous versions of a document in its free offering.
Available on iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry, the user interface is well designed and offers a number of options to create, download, or organize its files.
If you wish to subscribe to the version Personal Pro, 100 Gb storage at €9/month (and the files are limited to 5 Gb each). This includes the encryption of files, the possibility to view previous versions of documents and share it (read only, with modification etc..).
One of the strong points of this service is the number of complementary applications to Box, they also make the service more versatile. For example, there are programs to connect the Box to Office or to edit Google Docs documents directly in Box.
Box is a service that is fast and reliable, which seduced thanks to its 10 Gb of storage for free. For advanced features, however, it is necessary to subscribe to the paid version.
10 Gb, but files are limited to 250 Mb.
many of the supported platforms.
9. Tresorit .
Tresorit is one of the best Cloud to provide a secure storage of data.
However, the way to access the free offer of the service, 5 Gb of storage, is rather unpleasant. It is necessary to register and test for free the offer “Premium” (less than 10 €/month), and then cancel the offer premium at the end of a month to be able to finally take advantage of the free service. A process somewhat time-consuming compared to the other Cloud.
The Premium subscription is equivalent to 200 Gb of storage while the subscription Solo is 20 € for 2 Tb.
Tresorit protects the data of its users thanks to a clever encryption system. The data are locally encrypted and then sent using the TLS protocol, on the servers of Tresorit, which are themselves encrypted.
You keep the decryption key which is not even accessible to employees of the company. To ensure even more security, you can implement two levels of identification, which means that even if someone steals your computer, nobody can connect to it without your cell phone.
Its use is simple, just drag and drop files directly into Tresorit and the synchronization starts.
Aside from its enrollment process, Tresorit we liked. It is easy to use and the data security of the users is taken to heart by the company which is also a plus.
14-day free trial.
superb security features.
servers based in Europe.
10. MediaFire .
Mediafire is a company in texas that lets you share files the same way as Google Drive, Onedrive or Dropbox. From its portal, you can post pictures or videos directly on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Blogger..
The package Basic is free and allows you to store up to 10 Gb of data. It is possible to get 50 Gb free space if you recommend MediaFire on Twitter or Facebook.
Note that this subscription is limited because your files may not exceed a size of 200 Mb. If you want to enjoy 100 Gb, it will go to the Pro account.
Please be aware that all the multimedia files may be read from Mediafire, which means that you do not need to download the file. Also Mediafire works very well with the browsers Chrome and Internet Explorer.
We appreciate that its PC version offers the possibility to make a screenshot, add notes, and share it directly with friends or colleagues. This can be very useful if you work with several on a project and want to quickly share your work.
Mediafire is a service that is solid and simple to use, and can store up to 50 Gb of data for free.
10 Gb of space, expandable.
Shared links with an expiration date.
File sharing via social networks.