Microsoft in early November, 2015 decided to cut the total amount of free OneDrive storage space from 15 GB to 5 GB. In addition, Microsoft also decided to drop the 15 GB camera roll bonus. This made many free users enough reasons to abandon OneDrive and move to other cloud storage services. With storage costs going down and with the abundance of reliable cloud storage providers it’s not hard these days to find one.
Still if you need to keep your OneDrive account intact here’s something that will help you keep 15 GB OneDrive free storage space plus the camera roll bonus. Read on after the break but before that more about the announcement.
Do you know which is the most secure, accessible, affordable and effective way to save your files? Unlike old days, it is not your hard drive, pen drive, CD or DVD that has been kept inside a safe locker! On the other hand, we will have to put cloud storage services in position of that answer, as those services help users to store and access files as well as documents from ANYWHERE around the globe with help of an internet connection. However, abundance of cloud storage services has made the selection an easier task, as there are variations in terms of pricing, features, etc. There is no need to be confused, by the way, as we have come up with review of a terrific cloud-based file storage service – pCloud. In our experience, pCloud managed to score best in all aspects, including accessibility, simplicity of UI, plans & pricing, etc. We hope, at the end of review, you will have a clear idea whether you should prefer pCloud to several competitors like Google Drive, OneDrive (earlier known as SkyDrive), Dropbox etc. First, as some of you might not be that familiar with the term ‘file-storage service’ or ‘cloud’, we will give an introduction about cloud file storage services and pCloud.
Two-step verification is an extra layer of protection in addition to traditional password-based authentication to fight against hackers. Google, Facebook, and more are adopting the two-step verification feature to enhance security. Dropbox, the online cloud storage service, recently admitted that some of its user accounts were hijacked. In the same announcement, Dropbox announced that more security features, including two-step verification is coming soon for all users.
Dropbox has finally released two-step verification or two-step authentication to all Dropbox users. When you enable two-step verification, you will need to type a six-digit security code (which will either be texted to your mobile phone or generated by a mobile authenticator app) in addition to your Dropbox account password.
Dropbox hacked? Well, apparently some of its user accounts were actually hijacked. Dropbox, the online file storage service, on Tuesday has confirmed that some user accounts were indeed accessed by hackers. On investigation, Dropbox found that usernames and passwords, which were recently stolen from other websites were used to sign in to a small number of Dropbox accounts. Which means, even after so much warning, users are still using same username and password for multiple accounts. Responding to the problem, Dropbox has sent password change notification to the affected users. Dropbox said that it is now adding more security features including two-factor authentication to prevent future problems.
If you are wondering, what actually is going on: It all started on July 17, 2012, when few Dropbox users begun receiving spam on email accounts, which were exclusively attached to their Dropbox account only. Which can only mean that either the email addresses were leaked via Dropbox itself or Dropbox itself was hacked. The users started reporting the issue to Dropbox via Dropbox Forums. Some users also started wondering if their favorite cloud backup service, Dropbox is hacked. These reports mainly came from the international users of the cloud backup service mainly based in Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands.
Google Drive launched with a very competitively cheap cloud storage price and 5 GB free storage space. Now the free space offered by Google Drive is 15 GB. Until the launch of Google Drive, Dropbox was considered (is still considered a strong competitor and I am going to stick with them) by many as the hands down winner in the cloud storage service provider. With some of its unique features which were not provided by the competition than, Dropbox was adopted by the masses soon. After the launch of Dropbox, some services did came up that offered quite similar feature sets, like SugarSync, but for some reason, they were not that much popular.
Google Drive, Google’s personal cloud storage service, may launch next week at drive.google.com, according The Next Web (TNW).
TNW claims Google will be giving users 5 GB of storage and will be offered initially free. TNW to support their claims cited a draft release from one of Google’s launch partners for the personal cloud storage service. With all these reports and leaks, its safe to assume that the launch is imminent and an official announcement may soon be heard from Google.
Dropbox has updated their Android app with new automated photo upload feature, iOS users will soon receive the update.
Dropbox Android App is now available in the Android Market. It enables users to automatically upload their photos to the cloud while also giving them 500MB free extra cloud space, up to 3GB in total.
Automated photo uploads are coming to the desktop as well. But the desktop apps are not yet ready for prime time. When they are ready, you’ll be able to directly upload photos to the cloud from the camera connected to your computer.
Along with the updated Android app, Dropbox has also revealed a redesigned website. Thanks to its minimalistic look it feels more like an app. The new website emphasizes on photos, understandable by the recent photo-centric Android app and the upcoming photo-centric Desktop edition.
Google Drive the long rumored cloud storage service is finally launching soon, according to WSJ.
If you remember, five years back there was a rumor that Google is launching a cloud storage service. Some coined the term “G Drive” for the service but all went silent as time passed by. At that same time (in 2007), the now popular Dropbox cloud storage service emerged.
Google Drive will compete directly with services like Dropbox and Box.net. It will possibly offer the service at a lower price compared to what offered by cloud storage services now. Drive will allow users to store files on Google’s servers which will later be accessible from any device connected to the Internet. It will also allow them to easily share the files with others.
We all know how important digital data backup is. It is the most smartest activity by any person owning a computer system including anything that stores data digitally. What is more blessing than the fact that cloud storage is now coming free or very cheap? If you are opting for the free service, than the only investment you are doing is for getting a good unlimited Internet connection. Even if you are opting to pay for getting more cloud storage space, the advantage of getting access to your data from anywhere overcomes it. Thanks to the increasing number of cloud storage services and the intense competition among these services, you can now get “virtually” unlimited storage for just a few bucks per month. Continue reading after the break to see five best cloud storage solutions available for you.
Update: Post updated to include two new services to replace CX and SugarSync.