One of the worst nightmare a person can have, is not to have his or her laptop lost or stolen, but to have all the data in that laptop lost. Imagine your PhD thesis which you have worked on for two years, all gone. Imagine all the paperwork for your office - the total five years of documentation - gone and lost when something wrong happens. Imagine all ten years of your photos and videos collection gone when your harddisk corrupts -- and harddisks do corrupt. Probably, a lot of you have had an experience - either personally or from someone close - of the agony of losing data. So, if you're working with a lot of important documents, it's highly imperative that you make a backup - or two - of your documents. In today's connected world, one of the most convenient and reliable way to backup your documents is on cloud storage.
So, here are five of the best cloud storage services (with pricing information) that you may use to backup your documents to. This list is in no particular order, and is definitely not exhaustive. Feel free to check out these cloud storage services yourselves, and hope one of them helps you get a good night's sleep.
Disclaimer: All prices shown are in Malaysian Ringgit (RM) and are based on a rough conversion from the US Dollar at the time this article was published. Prices may have changed from the time this article was written. Check with the respective websites for current prices.
This is one of the earliest cloud storage services around, it's quite popular and probably familiar to most of you. Here are the pricing plans for Dropbox:
2GB of storage - Free
1TB of storage - RM42 / month
2TB of storage - RM84 / month
Strengths: fast sync, smart sync, good for collaboration, has online Office integration.
Weaknesses: expensive, low security, not very privacy-friendly.
When you sign up for GMail, you automatically get Google Drive - the free Google cloud storage service which gives you a generous 15GB of space. But be aware, this quota is also shared with your GMail account which means a lot of emails with lots of attachments will eat up that 15GB quota. You can get more storage space with Google One (which is actually the same thing as Google Drive, except you pay for it and get much much more storage space). The pricing plans for Google One:
15GB of storage - Free
100GB of storage - RM8.49 / month
200GB of storage - RM11.99 / month
2TB of storage - RM42.99 / month
10TB of storage - RM429.99 / month
20TB of storage - RM859.99 / month
30TB of storage - RM1,289.99 / month
Strengths: Google Docs integration, good for collaboration, good security, large storage capacity, strong customer support.
Weaknesses: weak file-sharing security, no private encryption option.
Your Windows 10 comes pre-installed with OneDrive, and with a Microsoft account you get a free 5GB of storage. Since most people are nowadays using Windows 10, chances are most of you already have OneDrive already installed in your computer. OneDrive doesn't offer much choice, but here's their pricing plan:
5GB of storage - Free
1TB of storage - Office 365 subscription at RM27 / month
50GB of storage - OneDrive only, RM9.49 / month
Strengths: comes with Office 365, good for collaboration, fast sync.
Weaknesses: only 30 days of versioning, low encryption, no linux client.
This is a cloud storage service that's probably not (yet) as popular as the others that we have mentioned above, but it's cheap and it's the first to introduce a lifetime package! It means you only pay once for a service that you can use your entire life. Here's their pricing plan:
500GB of storage - RM17 / month
2TB of storage - RM34 / month
500GB of storage - RM728 once (lifetime)
2TB of storage - RM1,456 once (lifetime)
Strengths: value for money, fast sync, shared-file security.
Weaknesses: private encryption is paid add-on, unable to edit files.
This cloud storage service is steadily growing into one of the best around. Although not the most user-friendly, it makes up for that in terms of security and control. Also, since we're only listing prices for individual users here, Sync.com doesn't offer much choice. In fact, there's only one pricing plan for individual users:
3TB of storage - RM42 / month (billed annually)
Strengths: strong security, unlimited versioning, no upload limits, good security.
Weaknesses: no monthly plans, not too user-friendly.
So go ahead and give on of these services a go and have peace of mind!