If you keep important information in your computer, such as the results of years of genealogy research, you need to keep both on-site and off-site backups. There are dozens of companies that offer off-site storage for your data, such as Dropbox, SugarSync, Google Drive, Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive, and many others. Writing in the Cheapskate Blog, Rick Broida has uncovered one of the best bargains around. All is not perfect, however. There are advantages and disadvantages to the offer.
Rick writes, “A Dropbox Pro account costs $99 per year and comes with 100GB of storage.
“As of today, a MediaFire Pro account costs $24.99 per year and comes with 1TB of storage. (For those unfamiliar with abbreviations, that’s one terabyte — 10 times what Dropbox gives you for four times the price.) See? Math can be fun!”
Under advantages: “… it actually beats Dropbox in one other way, by letting you select desktop folders to sync rather than forcing you to move everything into special sync ‘buckets.'”
Under disadvantages: “To be fair, Dropbox totally wins in overall versatility, as it integrates with with tons of other services. Same goes for Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and other competing clouds. But they don’t offer anywhere near this much space for the money. So if it’s sheer volume you’re after, this demands a look.”
A free trial is also available. MediaFire works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Macintosh OS X from from 10.7 to 10.9, and on Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android version 2.2 and later.
I am staying with Google Drive that I wrote about earlier in a Plus Edition article, (+) Why I Switched from Dropbox to Google Drive, at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=31300. Using Google Drive also has advantages and disadvantages as well. However, if you haven’t yet started using an off-site backup system for security of your data, or if you are unhappy with the one you are presently using, you might want to consider MediaFire as described in Rick Broida’s article at http://goo.gl/EjXBDR.
While there, you also might want to check out Rick Broida’s Cheapskate Blog at http://www.cnet.com//cheapskate. He often finds some of the lowest prices available for technology products and services.
I prefer to use the RSS newsfeed version of Rick’s blog at http://www.cnet.com/rss/cheapskate. An RSS newsreader is needed to read the RSS newsfeed but the result is a much faster and easier method of reading multiple web sites. You can read about the advantages of RSS in my earlier article, RSS Feeds Explained, at http://blog.eogn.com/2014/05/06/rss-feeds-explained.