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Running Out of Room in Dropbox? Here are 11 Dropbox Alternatives That Offer WAY More Free Cloud Storage

Running Out of Room in Dropbox? Here are 11 Dropbox Alternatives That Offer WAY More Free Cloud Storage

Technology advances faster and faster by the day. Not that long ago American society was introduced to “the cloud” and now we’ve quickly become a cloud-based world. Remember when Gmail launched and introduced a free GB of email storage space, roughly 500 times more than Hotmail, their nearest competitor? At the time, it was revolutionary.

One of the most popular cloud-based storage sites is Dropbox. The biggest problem with Dropbox is its limited storage space (2 GB on a free account, with opportunity to earn more by sharing the service with friends).

Thankfully today there are many more options out there that can offer the same service but with much greater storage capacity.Here are a few to choose from if you’re running up against the limit of your Dropbox account.

1. OneDrive

OneDrive is a one-stop-shop for your storage needs. A free account provides you with 15 GB of space to use for storing documents, photos, or anything else you can think of.

OneDrive allows you to create, edit, and share your documents regardless of the device that is being worked on. The downside of OneDrive is that it does not share files as easily as some of the other cloud storage options.

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    2. Google Drive

    Google Drive also offers 15 GB of storage space at no cost, however it needs to be split between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. Additional storage space may be added for a nominal price.

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    However, I’ve been a Gmail user for nearly 10 years and am still just over 50% of my capacity.

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      3. Box.com

      Box.com gives 10 GB of free storage space. With its easy sync feature, you can access any stored file on your tablet or phone. A potential downfall of Box.com is that you can only share files up to 250 MB.

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        4. Team Drive

        Team Drive provides its users with 10 GB of storage space for no cost. Team Drive allows users to sync data between computers with ease. Users can also share music, documents, images, or folders with others.

        Team Drive offers a high level of security by encrypting users’ data and each user decides who may and may not have access to files.

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        TeamDrive

          5. Amazon Cloud Drive

          Amazon Cloud offers up to 5 GB of free storage. It also allows users to add photos from a phone or tablet. As with the other cloud storage sites, all your files can be saved in the same place and be easily accessed.

          One nice feature of Amazon cloud is that pictures that are taken with a phone can be saved there and can still be accessed once the picture is deleted from the phone. Amazon Cloud also has an automatic back-up feature that saves pictures in the cloud so they are safe even if the phone is lost or damaged.

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            6. Wuala

            Wuala provides users with 5 GB of free storage space in the cloud with which to store and share files. Wuala encrypts users’ data before it is uploaded. An added security benefit is that users’ passwords are never transmitted, not even to Wuala employees.

            Wuala also has superior backup and file versioning, which is really valuable if you ever inadvertently delete a file without saving or if an older version needs to be accessed.

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              7. Cloudme.com

              Cloudme.com allows users up to 19 GB to store files, however, there is a maximum file size of 150 MB. A unique feature of Cloudme.com is that it allows users to have their own Desktop within the cloud.

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              Users can sync specific folders to specific devices so work and personal files are never confused. Cloudme.com allows users to have their music library with them at all times,

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                8. Cx.com

                Cx.com offers 10 GB of free space. Users can access their files from any device. They can also sync and share their data quite easily. Cx.com also allows for group collaboration. Anyone who needs to share data with multiple people can easily do so through the Cx.com platform.

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                  9. Sugar Sync

                  Sugar Sync allows users 5 GB of free storage and allows users to choose which files to sync to which devices. Sugar Sync also allows for secure file sharing and makes it easy to manage files when using a phone or tablet.

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                    10. SpiderOak

                    SpiderOak provides 2 GB of space for free and 100 GB for a cost of $10.00 per month. SpiderOak promises a secure back-up system. Users will never need to worry about losing a file again.

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                    It’s easy to sync and share files with SpiderOak and you can choose which files can be accessed through specific devices. Just drop a file into a folder for someone else to see.

                    Everything is password protected, so there is no need to worry that a file will be seen by the wrong eyes.

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                      11. Copy.com

                      Copy.com gives users 15 GB of storage for free. With Copy.com files are available to users on their computers, mobile devices, or tablets. Copy.com is convenient, as there are no file size restrictions nor viewing restrictions. Plus, users are still promised a high level of privacy.

                      One nice extra perk of Copy.com is that it allows for file size sharing. So, if two people are sharing a 10 GB file, it only counts as 5 GB apiece.

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                        Now it’s your turn. Do you have a favorite cloud storage service that I missed? Please be sure to share it in the comments below.

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                        11 Google Chrome Apps & Features for Getting More Done with Less Effort

                        11 Google Chrome Apps & Features for Getting More Done with Less Effort

                        In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                        Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                        In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                        Minimizing Tabs

                        Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                        Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                        Incognito Mode

                        Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                        1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                        2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                        3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                        This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                        Save Webpages as PDF Files

                        Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                        Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                        Open Recently-closed Tabs

                        Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                        One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                        The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                        Solve Mathematical Problems

                        Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                        For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                        Play Media Files

                        Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                        In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                        Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                        With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                        Stay Focus(e)d

                        Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                        Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                        With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                        This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                        Grammarly for Editing

                        Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                        You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                        Loom

                        There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                        There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                        With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                        Chrome Calendar Extension

                        No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                        Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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