Friday, November 30, 2012

Tech Trends for Teens: Using the Cloud

Free Online "Cloud" Storage

As a teen in the midst of the information age, you deal with a lot of data files. From homework to pictures, videos and other downloads, finding storage for all this data can be a bit of a hassle. Flash drives get full, or even worse, break, leaving you in a state of panic. Well, there is a solution to the limitations of flash drives and it’s called cloud storage. With cloud storage, your important data files are stored on a web-based server that can be accessed from any computer with internet access. Many of these cloud storage sites offer free storage up to 2GB and in some cases more.  Here are five popular cloud storage sites for you to consider.

Dropbox  is a cloud storage service that allows users to sync their cloud storage account to their computer via a Dropbox file. With your Dropbox file, you can move files from your computer to the Dropbox cloud. Once the files are available on the server you can access them from any internet connected computer by logging into your account via the Dropbox website. Dropbox offers 2GB of free storage which can be increased by purchasing more or performing incentives such as inviting friends or uploading pictures.

Google Drive is a cloud storage service offered by Google which can be accessed via your gmail account. It offers 5GB of free storage and like Dropbox, you can install a Google Drive folder on your computer and move files between your computer and the cloud server. Another great feature of Google Drive is that you can store Google files (such as Google Docs, Google Presentation, Google Spreadsheets) on your Google Drive.  

SkyDrive is Microsoft’s version of cloud storage and is available through your Windows Live or Hotmail account. It offers 7GB of free storage and like the previous cloud storage systems, you can install a folder to move files from your computer to the cloud server.

iCloud is a cloud storage service that is available to Mac, iPad, iPod, and most Microsoft Windows users . It functions similarly to those cloud storage systems previously mentioned. With 5GB of storage, this service also allows users to wirelessly back-up their iOS devices to iCloud instead of manually doing so using iTunes.

Glide OS is a new service offered by TransMedia that functions as web-based operating system. Glide offers an amazing 30GB of storage and has capabilities similar to those found with Google drive. From Glide you can make documents, edit photos, and play media files.

There are many more cloud storage options out there. The great part about these free services is that you can try out many of these and you are not limited to just one service.

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