Welcome to our year-end round-up of the best free cloud backup services of 2017. We’ll be checking out the top five services that provide more than just the ability to backup for free. Join us on Cloudwards.net, as we cover the best overall services, the best security backup service, alongside providing other options with large free backup packages.
Hard drives are expensive and difficult to carry around, and they’re also prone to failure — often. Which is why it’s worth using a cloud backup service to provide anywhere, anytime, access to files in case something unfortunate happens to your PC.
When trusting a cloud backup service with your data, you want it to be:
Some users might want a completely automated backup system, while others might want a more customizable setup, while yet again, some users are concerned about privacy above all else. To help you make the right decision, we have compiled together five of the best free cloud backup services.
Before we commit to our deep dive into this article, let’s take a minute to figure out how it’s setup and what it is exactly. Firstly, this is not a review of each backup service. Instead, we’ve setup this article as a summary of each service, what it has to offer and why we liked it.
And every service ends with a pros and cons list.
Of course, we firmly encourage you to click the “Read review” button so that you can access our full, in-depth reviews of each service. Lastly, none of the cloud backup services here provide unlimited backup for free; they just have generous (yet limited) free plans.
IDrive has one of the neatest interfaces we’ve ever seen, but that is not the only reason it’s on the top of the list. It comes with 5GB of free storage, file syncing, IDrive Express and private encryption.
IDrive’s scheduler lets you choose at what time and on which days of the week to backup. You can also set a notification every time IDrive is done backing up. Which means when files get restored; you get the same folder structure as your primary hard drive.
This little feature could be extremely useful in case total data loss ends up happening. IDrive’s continuous backup feature is designed to ensure all your necessary files get regularly protected. You can fix its frequency to:
Which means every time a change gets made in a file, it will be instantly backed up. Coming to security, IDrive has 256-bit encryption both on server-side and local-side. It also lets users choose their encryption key, which isn’t stored on the company’s servers.
SpiderOak offers file-sharing and cloud backup services — based upon a bedrock of tight security. It’s greatest selling point is the ability to sync files while continuously logging changes online.
Of course, the main reason it’s on our list is the top notch privacy on offer. Because of this fact, the company’s employees do not have access to a client’s data. Better yet, neither do the NSA and other unsavory types.
But that’s not all; SpiderOak can backup unlimited computers using only one online account.
This feature is useful for people who want to make a backup across multiple operating systems. Though SpiderOak isn’t very user-friendly towards new users, it’s still your best bet for a secure, private and easy-to-use cloud backup service.
The real fun starts when you install ElepantDrive’s desktop app. It creates two folders on a hard drive, named – Backup and Everywhere. The Backup folder is obviously where all the backed up files get stored, and Everywhere is the app’s syncing folder.
You can drag and drop files into these folders, or just right-click on any file and directly upload it to Elephant Drive. The backup service also provides a private encryption option, where users can set their encryption keys, which do not get sent to ElephantDrive’s servers.
pCloud initially gives you 10GB of free space, but you can extend it by clicking on the ‘Get More Space’ button and following steps like subscribing to their newsletter and referring friends.
pCloud creates its folder on your hard drive, but here’s why we didn’t like that fact – the folder it creates isn’t empty. When digging inside the folder, we found that pCloud has already placed default images, music and PDF files inside the backup folder.
But they are deletable, so there’s no need to worry. Sacrificing 50MB in exchange for 20GB free of cost isn’t a bad deal at all.
As you can see, there are many free cloud backup companies ready to offer you their services; some provide a lot of storage space, while others provide only a little, but make up for the deficit via unique features.
So, in the end, which service to choose obviously depends on you and your requirements.
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We recommend reading our full reviews of the free cloud backup services mentioned on today’s list, before making any decisions. Better yet, try using the free GBs each company gives, to test drive the service first, before putting down hard cash.
Thanks for sticking till the end, if you have any opinions or ideas to share with us, the comments section below is all yours.