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Online cloud storage reviews

Last updated: 27 February 2014

Cloud storage services are the tidy option for backing-up or storing everything from your computer, with the added convenience of your files being accessible from other devices, no matter where you are. Our buying guide outlines how they work and their features. Note that Microsoft has changed the name of its cloud service from SkyDrive to OneDrive.

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Our test covers major cloud storage service providers with free and paid subscriptions. Our expert testers look at every aspect of each service, to find the ones that:

  • are easy to use
  • have desktop, mobile and browser access
  • offer the most free storage space
  • have the best security systems in place to protect your documents.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find the services that offer additional protection features, including versioning, two-step authentication, offline access and security protocols during upload and download.

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