Dropbox – Dropbox is one of the best known free cloud storage systems. One of its
major advantages is that it offers clients specifically designed for
Linux and Blackberry systems as well as the more standard OS offerings,
so no matter what particular type of technology you or your employees
enjoy employing, Dropbox can likely fit your needs. Heartbleed security:
Dropbox was affected by Heartbleed, but there is a patch in place now, and previous users are encouraged to change their passwords.
Google Drive –
Google Drive comes with a particularly generous 15GB of cloud storage
when you link a Google account to it. It also exempts videos below a
particular resolution and video content under 15 minutes in length,
making it possible with wise data management to effectively enjoy
unlimited space. Heartbleed security: Google was affected by Heartbleed
and there’s a patch now in place. Google has said users do not need to change their passwords, but because of the previous vulnerability, better safe than sorry, we say.
This is Microsoft’s cloud storage service previously known as SkyDrive.
One key difference of this cloud storage service is the social media
integration OneDrive features, which is ideal for file sharing between
colleagues across platforms and devices. It also directly integrates
with Office 2013, perhaps the single most popular piece of business
software on the market. Heartbleed security: Microsoft services were not
running OpenSSL, according to LastPass, and were therefore not affected by Heartbleed.
This service has been around even longer than Dropbox, originating in
2005. Most people are less familiar with Box as they have focused most
of their efforts on enterprise-level solutions for larger businesses.
However, the company offers increasingly competitive personal and small
business-sized plans as well. The big advantage of Box is the ability to
access and use the incredibly wide range of productivity-enhancing
applications that have been developed for the platform over the years in
support of the company’s corporate accounts. Heartbleed security:
According to Mashable,
“We’re currently working with our customers to proactively reset
passwords and are also reissuing new SSL certificates for added
For fans of Apple devices, the iCloud solution may make good sense. One
of the biggest drawbacks of iCloud is that it doesn’t feature drag and
drop functionality, nor can you back up photos from Android or Windows
mobile devices. Files can be accessed via a PC once Apple’s Control
Panel has been downloaded, but that’s about it. It does have impressive
integration with Apple’s iWork office suite, and iPad and iPhone apps
typically automatically interface with the platform as well. Heartbleed
security: According torecode.net, “iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key web-based services were not affected.”
Firedrive.com makes this list because of the immense 50GB of free space
the company gives new members, nearly 3x a fully-upgraded Dropbox
account (and few people offer up enough referrals to Dropbox to bump
their usage limits this high). In addition to the high storage space,
Firedrive offers the same functionality of the other choices and adds
social integration. Heartbleed security: Says CEO Joseph Turner, “Our
backend systems were affected and were patched on Tuesday morning when
the [Heartbleed] bug was made public. Our customer facing systems
utilize Cloudflare, which patched the issue before it was publicly disclosed. We’ve also re-issued our SSL certificates and administrative private keys to keep our systems secure.
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