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Last Updated on November 14, 2017

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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                        5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                        5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                        Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                        Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                        Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                        1. 750words

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                        750 words

                          750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                          750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                          750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                          2. Ohlife

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                          ohlife

                            Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                            Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                            3. Oneword

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                              OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                              Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                              4. Penzu

                                Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                                With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                                5. Evernote

                                Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

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