Most Apple users rely on free basic iCloud service to seamlessly sync photos, contacts, documents, email, text messages, calendars, reminders, browser favorites, passwords and settings among their iOS devices, Macs and Windows 10 PCs. It’s easy to use and especially helpful when setting up replacement iPhones, iPads and Macs. My 1 TB iCloud plan costs $120 per year. Well worth the $$ for me.

Dropbox costs $120 per year for 2 TB cloud storage. Secure. Accessible to Mac, PC, iOS, Android, Linux, and other web-connected devices. Data sharing and workgroup collaboration features work well. For me, Dropbox has become a mainstay business tool because sharing with other users works so well.

Gmail users can store data on the companion Google Drive cloud storage platform. Google Photos used to be stored within Google Drive, but like iCloud Photos, it is now a service linked to but separate from Google Drive. Data is secure and accessible via any browser-equipped and web-connected device. The first 15 GB of data storage is free. Higher capacity plans are priced comparably to iCloud and Dropbox. Very useful for users on a tight budget.

Microsoft Office 365 subscribers use one or more of these mainstay applications; Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, One Note, and now One Drive. One Drive is Microsoft’s very capable cloud storage platform that also enables users to easily collaborate as Office 365 workgroups. Solid, secure, well-implemented.

Down to earth storage options; your data can be backed up to a flash drive, external USB hard drive, even a home or office file server from which you can restore, archive, view, and edit your data on any connected computer. Compatible with just about everything, ridiculously affordable. 2 TB hard drive for around $100. No storage subscription fees.

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