Storing Data and Photos in the “Cloud”

Maybe this is slightly off topic from putting up an antenna or streaming the Golf Channel. But I think it is probably something most of us cord cutters deal with.

I use an iPhone, but I’m not an IOS devotee. About every 2 weeks I get a warning that my iPhone is not backed up to iCloud with instructions on  how to do it. But I ignore this because it would require me to purchase more space from Apple.

One of many iPhone photos automatically saved on Google Drive

One of many iPhone photos automatically saved on Google Drive

Thanks to Google I have a free 100 GB of storage

Google Photos is an app I highly recommend and I have it on the iPhone. Google automatically backs up all photos at full resolution. The current free storage limit is 15 GB. Currently I’m right at about 15 GB but because I’m writing this post on an Acer  Chromebook (purchased May 2014) Google threw in another 100 GB – free for 2 years.


What happens when my free storage deal runs out?

According to this post on  OMG! CHROME!  I won’t lose my data but if I want to keep using Google Drive for more photos I’ll be forced to purchase space, at the current rate of  $1.99 per month for 100 GB.

That’s $24 per year for 100 GB of cloud storage or  $120 per year for a full TB. For me that price is a good deal. I’m personally more fearful of losing data on some random personal hard drive than losing something in the cloud. In reality the “cloud” is probably multiple Google owned servers spread across the country. And I  read very little about major hacks at Google.


Is this the best solution?

I store photos and non-sensitive data in the Google cloud. Sensitive data I keep on hard memory. But there is a whole myriad of solutions today  – here’s a nice side by side chart from PC MAG.

But it’s not just which service is cheaper. There are many questions about which is more convenient/automatic, and which is most secure.  I’m not sure there is any one best answer today. Ideally I’d like a cloud service that would be a complete backup of all my data, but I won’t put sensitive data in the cloud because every week we have news of a major new hack.

In any case I’d like to hear your solution. Please share in the comments below.




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One Response to Storing Data and Photos in the “Cloud”

  1. Augustine says:

    To me the difficulty for an online backup service is that the speed to upload the files using home internet is typically too slow to be practical. Besides, I’d hesitate to backup files without encryption completely controlled by me, as when the service provider only sees the encrypted data and does not have access to the private encryption key.

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