Many online storage providers offer users an option to store their files free of charge and without strings attached. While these accounts really are free, they do have limitations and certain restrictions, although users typically do get what they need for basic storage. Here is a brief run-down of what these accounts offer – and what is not available.
What’s offered by free Online Storage Accounts
Free accounts typically offer a limited amount – usually between two and five GB – of storage space, as well as access to community forums, FAQ sections, tutorials and knowledge bases and sometimes limited access to customer services.
Encryption and security are as good with free accounts as they are with paid-for options, so this is never a problem. In short, if only a limited amount of data needs to be stored safely, this is definitely a good solution.
What’s not offered by free Online Storage Accounts
It is not possible to increase required storage space on free accounts, so if more storage is required, upgrading the account to a paid-for option becomes necessary. Available features/ applications may also be limited. In addition, users are often only able to contact customer service through an e-mail ticket system (if at all), whereas paying users will have the option to use live chat or toll free phone numbers.
Free online storage services are available without users having to give their credit card details, so they really are free and there is no risk of being ‘stuck’ with a specific provider. They are the perfect solution for users needing comparatively little space for their files and, if nothing else, free services allow users to explore the possibilities and ‘test-drive’ varying features to find out whether they will suit their needs before committing to any given paid-for service.
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