File storage services in the cloud are very popular these days — and for good reasons. Services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, SpiderOak, iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon S3, Box, and numerous others offer free or very low cost file storage space that can be used for any of a number of reasons. Cloud storage serves as an added layer of data protection for your precious and irreplaceable files. Backups are kept in a secure location that is physically removed from the originals, and these cloud-based services provide such a location.
You can store backup copies of your important personal files to provide insurance against hard drive crashes, viruses, ransomware (see my earlier article at http://privacyblog.com/2015/06/15/tox-free-ransomware-is-now-available-for-everyone/), and other computer problems. With many of these services, you can also share files, such as old family photographs, with family and friends.
Another reason to use any of these cloud-based file storage services is to share files amongst your own computing devices. Saving your pictures and documents in the cloud provides an easy way of copying those files and photos to your own tablet computer or cell phone.
Of course, the biggest concern of most users who are not familiar with cloud storage is, “Is it safe?”