You Get What You Pay For (Or Don't) With Cloud Storage

article by Deeann B. author
Similar to email, many users presently use free cloud storage services. These services provide external storage to users that's available anytime and anywhere someone can access the internet.

While these free services seem like a great value, they also come with some drawbacks. For those using free services, consider the following pitfalls associated with free plans and consider upgrading to a premium cloud storage solution.

Space is Limited

All free services are severely limited on the amount of data a user can store in the cloud. Data limits range form 2 GB to 15 GB depending on the free service. While that sounds like plenty of space, for some media it is hardly usable.

For example, those who share a lot of video content online will find even 15 GB somewhat restricting. Considering that most high quality video ranges from 200 MB to 2 GB per file, a user can use up their free plan data quickly.

While many users will happily use a free cloud storage service, for many it is a smart idea to upgrade to a premium service. For as little as a couple dollars per month, users can increase their space ten-fold and some of the best cloud storage companies offer as much as 1 TB of data for as little as $10.

Support is Limited

Users may also find that free cloud storage plans lack in both user support and operating system support. While most support Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, users of other operating systems may be out of luck. For example, older version of Windows also may not be supported.

To find out the quality of customer support for free services, all one needs to do is search for cloud storage reviews online. These reviews will give complete details about the quality of support provided by free storage companies.

User support is also typically limited to online support and advance user support is either unavailable, costs money or is provided by agents that take a long time to respond.

With premium cloud storage, users also get dedicated support and often will even have access to specialized apps designed for their cloud service. Operating system support is often expanded and if an OS is not “supported,” there are usually workarounds that live support can help with.

Free Storage is Ad Supported

For those who hate to be blasted with ads everywhere they turn, free cloud storage is going to disappoint. Companies have to make money off their free services since many will not upgrade and the only way to do this is with ads.

The only way to get rid of ads is to upgrade to a premium service. Those that try to use an ad blocker may find that the service will not work until ads are enabled. Premium cloud storage subscriptions are usually ad free, allowing for faster load times and a more streamlined appearance.

Activity May be Tracked

It’s a well-known fact that Google tracks user data for all of their programs, including Google Docs. Whatever is uploaded on their cloud is tracked and saved on Google servers. Chance are that other free services conduct similar tracking services. This is one way they provide targeted ads to users. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Premium cloud storage users need not worry about their data being tracked like on free services as premium companies are in the business of keeping customers happy and part of that is keeping data private.