I woke up this morning with my head in the clouds. Thinking about my next blog post. And God told me write about it. So here I will explain to you what the the cloud is, why you should use it besides your regular backups, and some good cloud service providers.
What is the Cloud?
“The cloud” is a bunch of servers that can be accessed from all over the Internet, and the software and databases that run on those servers. Cloud servers are located in data centers all over the globe. By using cloud computing, users and companies don’t have to manage physical servers themselves or run software applications on their own machines.
So what this basically means is that the cloud is more then just storage. You can have cloud gaming (PlayStation Now.), cloud video service (YouTube, Netflix) cloud storage(iCloud, Google Play), music (amazon Cloud Player), and the list goes on and on. So you might actually already been using the cloud without knowing it.
Why should I use a cloud service?
It’s always important to make back ups in case of a hardware failure or a Ransomware attack I do not say to solely rely on cloud storage, but it is a very important addition, My rule of thumb is to have at least one 1 psychical backup and 1 cloud backup.
Sounds Great, what free cloud service is the best?
There are dozens of free cloud services available out there, some I recommend and some I absolutely don’t.
Here is the list I recommend that are free ranging from 3GB to 10GB.
List of Free Cloud services to consider.
The free account offers 3GB of storage, and the file size limit is 150mb.Their prices are very reasonable too, starting at $1 a month. They support Windows OSX and Debian / Ubuntu for their users.
Their selling point is end-to-end encryption, meaning no one but you know what those files are. This cloud service is used by thousands of corporations from all over the world, big names include canon, Pfizer, Roche.
They have great support Windows OSX, Linux, Android and IOS.
Won many prices for their privacy end-to-end encryption, They also help non-profit organizations, and they are ISO compliant. And offer 50% off for non profit organizations.
Their free basic plan offers 3GB of storage up to 2 devices.
A secure place for your files free of charge.
Rated the best by many magazines and online publications as the best cloud service.
Free service package gives you 5GB of storage space.
IDrive also comes with tons of features you don’t see in many Cloud storage solution.
Downside: Linux Support is So-So, they have tips on how to create and run scripts to do certain tasks but not a native Linux app.
Microsoft OneDrive gives you 5GB of free storage space, it integrates nicely in Windows 10 and Office 365 and other apps. Linux support is not available. It doesn’t come with a whole lot of extra features, if you want just basic backup nicely integrated in windows 10 operating system this is a good choice.
MediaFire is based in Texas, their cloud service offers a lot of nice features and offer 10GB of storage space. They do show ads when you download files.
Main features are the following:
- 10GB Free / Up to 4GB per file, (with ads)
- Unlimited bandwidth & downloads
- Easily share after uploading
- Multiple uploads at once
- Organize with ease
- One-Time Links
List of Free Cloud services to absolutely stay away from.
Terms are iffy, and questionable it seems like they don’t really own the servers. Please stay away from this scam!
Jumpshare, its third party hosting provider(eg amazon servers), or any other party authorized by Jumpshare may take action to maintain the servers provided by Jumpshare. You agree that, without limiting the generality of any other provisions under this Agreement, Jumpshare or authorized third parties are not liable in any way for such maintenance, nor any other server downtime or congestion which may affect the availability of files hosted at Jumpshare.com.
Rules of conduct are Violating the 1st amendment of the Constitution:
When using our site, you agree that you will not:
Upload any unlawful files. (What are unlawful files?)
Defame anyone. (Freedom of speech?)
Defraud, mislead, or otherwise act dishonestly. (otherwise Act dishonestly? isn’t that a part of freedom of speech? anyone they personally don’t like?)
Otherwise act in a manner which, at Jumpshare’s sole discretion, is objectionable, or which may bring Jumpshare into disrepute. ( So anyone they dont like?)
It had some serious issues in the past, I’ would not recommend DropBox for this reason. Down here is a quote from wikipedia.
Privacy and security concerns
Tools used by the Chinese communist party, please be smart and don’t use anything like this, or iCloud, or mega.
- Its a Chinese company run by the Chinese Communist party, don’t walk away from it but run as fast as you can!
Truly concerning privacy issues, reduce the use of google as much as you can, so you don’t get locked in.
Mega seriously has some privacy issues too, as the Government of New Zealand has seized the shares of a Chinese Privacy concerns
The website and service was launched on 19 January 2013, by Kim Dotcom, who had founded the now-defunct service Megaupload. However, in 2015 Kim Dotcom disassociated himself from the service and stated that the New Zealand government had seized the shares of a Chinese investor and has control of the site. Mega Limited responded that the authorities have not interfered with its operations.
There are many good cloud services, and many bad ones. tresorit good ones have 3GB storage, with great end-to-end encryption and great, or if you want great cross platform support CloudMe, or IDrive which won many awards and comes with 5GB storage space. Or if you don’t mind ads and need 10GB storage I recommend MediaFire.
Or if you like to sync your data and don’t run Linux like Ubuntu , and don’t need a lot of storage and trusts Microsoft OneDrive is a great option.
I know I might get some feathers ruffled about iCloud, you know what I am just being honest about this whole thing. I feel we are all a part of this, I am not trying to boast, but I feel and pray for the children that deal with the working conditions just to make the $1000 iPhone, that Apple manufactures for only $10 or $20, just breaks my heart.
And knowing that Apple is supposed to be all about privacy and human rights and stuff. They are knowingly running slave factories in China and now they moved your cloud keys to Chinese communist party for 0% corporate taxes. Apple pays $0 taxes in America and it just makes me mad. They are greedy and its all about power and hatred against America and the freedoms we enjoy.
I am sorry but it is not my intention to offend anyone, I care about people and the right to privacy. And China is known to have terrible human rights conditions, so why does Apple side with the Chinese communist party? That’s why I recommend you to pick a service that truly cares about America and does try to offer you good service with the respect of your privacy and human rights conditions.