How can I back up large files online

Upload and share files: 5 free online storage locations in comparison

The magic word “cloud”: Where in the past you had to search desperately for free online storage space, a multitude of cloud services are available today. With a free account you can upload and share, edit and access files from anywhere. Whether for backups, transferring large files or collaborating over the network - here are 5 free online storage devices that provide gigabytes over gigabytes.

Top 5: Free Online Storage

1. Dropbox

Dropbox is the leader in online-only storage. Dropbox can do more than just back up uploaded files and make them available to others: For example, always keep the files in the cloud and on the computer (PC, Mac, Linux) synchronized, and access the data with apps on the go. The free account has 2 GB of storage space, the data is secured with AES-256-bit encryption, the transmission takes place via SSL.

Dropbox cloud storage

2. Google Drive

Anyone who has a Google account (in addition to Googlemail also YouTube etc.) also has access to free storage space on Google Drive. Each user has 25 GB available, you can not only upload and share files, but also create new documents and edit them together with others (at the same time): with a Word-like writing program, a spreadsheet and presentation software. The Google Doc files can then also be exported, e.g. as Microsoft Excel and Word files, or as PDF.

Online storage Google Drive

3. SkyDrive

Microsoft's cloud storage provides 7 GB after registration. SkyDrive has apps (iOS, Android, Windows Phone), can also be integrated synchronously via the desktop, and allows joint editing of MS Office files online.

SkyDrive from Microsoft

4. DriveOnWeb

The three previously mentioned cloud storage facilities are very popular US services and are affected by the PRISM program. If that is too unsafe for you, you can find a free, safer alternative with DriveOnWeb, for example. Private users receive 3 GB of storage space; 256-bit SSL encryption and data protection in accordance with German regulations are used here. Files can be uploaded and shared, and there is also mobile access.

Online storage at DriveOnWeb

5. ADrive

ADrive provides 50 GB of storage space in the free account. But there's advertising around it, only sharing access via the browser and no online collaboration other than files. But if you mainly want to upload files and make them available, you get a lot of storage space for free.

ADrive online storage

If you want to be even more secure, you can also set up your own cloud storage with Owncloud or Seafile. Also worth a look is Mega, the new service from Kim Dotcom. And the Apple storage iCloud provides 5 GB and is not only interesting for Mac users.