Dropbox

With over 300 million users worldwide, Dropbox is one of the most popular online storage services available. If you have not already considered using cloud storage solutions, this is a great way to get started. Rather than backing up documents and other files on a USB drive, or even not at all (and risking losing all your hard work), Dropbox lets you store files “in the cloud” - accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection.

The service is available on all popular devices, including mobile phone, tablet and desktop computer. This includes Android, iPad/iPhone, BlackBerry and also Amazon’s Kindle Fire. With services like Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive, there are more cloud storage options than ever before and there are advantages and disadvantages of all the major players. Dropbox is a solid, all-round solution, perfect for students, personal use and keeping photographs/videos and other files safe and secure. Having said that, commercial plans are available for a small monthly fee. Ideal if you require additional space and more powerful collaboration/sharing options for team working.

By default, all files stored on Dropbox are private, but you can choose to share individual files or folders with friends and colleagues. And no matter what device you access your files on, all will be synchronised, so you’re always working with the most up-to-date copy. As mentioned previously, the “free” package has a generous 2GB of storage space, which is ideal for documents and photographs. Having said that, if you intend on storing lots of HD videos, investing in a higher package may be the most suitable option.

Three packages are available: Free (2GB storage), Dropbox Pro (1000GB), and Dropbox for Business (contains the full set of business collaboration tools). It is very easy to switch between accounts. This can be done in your Dropbox control panel.

All in all, Dropbox is one of our favourite cloud storage services and well worth registering for, either to backup your files or for other uses. The service is user-friendly, reliable and secure - the perfect combination for top class online storage. Top tip: On occasions, Dropbox provides ways to increase your storage capacity free of charge by referring friends to the site.