Until recently, the only ways to move data were to use file transfer protocol apps or to put files on a disc and send them by mail or walk them over to a friend (known as “sneakernet”). The size of attachments and security concerns meant that email could not be used as a way to “file-share.”
There are so many ways to share files today that it’s hard to keep track of them all. There are a lot of different companies that offer cloud storage services, but the big ones are Dropbox, Box, Google, Microsoft, and Apple. The smaller companies that offer these services are MediaFire and Tresorit. You just click on a “share” button and send a link to a coworker through email to share files. Users can upload, save, sync, and share files through a web browser and desktop and mobile apps. They can also use a web browser.
People and businesses of all sizes can use the services we’ve chosen. They range from simple services for individuals to more complex options for businesses of all sizes. Not all the services are on this list. It is just a selection of the most well-known and less well-known providers in the field.
A ZIP file 245MB in size took us about 86 megabits per second to send over the internet, so we wanted to find out how long each one took to send. Then, look at “How We Tested” to learn more.
When talking about Box, it’s almost impossible not to talk about Dropbox (or the other way around). If you run a business or a large organization, you’ll be more likely to use Box than you will use Dropbox’s free service. Google Workspace, Microsoft 365, Office 365, and many other solutions now work with both services. It means that both services now have enterprise collaboration and cloud content management built-in.
You can try it out with a free account that gives you 10 GB of storage, a 250 MB file upload limit, and the ability to share these files with limited permission. There is a limit on how much space you can store videos on your computer, but there isn’t a limit on how big a file you can upload. A 14-day free trial comes with each of Box’s business plans, which is a nice bonus.
Provides 10GB Free account Storage Space
Provides 250MB Free account max file size
Paid accounts: Personal Pro with a 100 GB hard drive costs $10 per month; Business Starter with a 100 GB hard drive costs $5 per month; Business Plus with a 100 GB hard drive costs $15 per month, and Enterprise with a 100 GB hard drive costs $35 per month. There must be at least three people for any business plan to work. For yearly payments, the prices are as shown:
Provide Paid account max file size: Personal Pro has 5 GB; Business Starter has 2 GB, and Business has 5 GB of space.
Additional features with business plans:Additionally, Box Sign (unlimited e-signature through a web app), Box Relay (workflow automation), two-factor authentication (SSO), Active Directory connectivity, and other user management tools are built-in, as well as Slack integrations (as well as Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace). HIPAA and FedRAMP compliance, document watermarking, and AI-powered threat detection are just some of the additional features that come with higher-tier subscriptions.
Uploading a 245MB file took: 35 seconds.
ShareFile,Citrix bought ShareFile in 2011 and now uses it to build a custom file-sharing site for your Business. It makes it easy to share files with clients, partners, and coworkers. ShareFile could be used, for example, by your accountant to send you safe tax records. Businesses can use many valuable features and tools, like the ability to manage workflows, team up on documents, use electronic signatures, and connect with leading email clientele like Outlook and Gmail.
Enterprise-level encryption and settings that can be changed make security even better. New users can be added to the ShareFile dashboard, and shared folders can be switched between quickly and without fuss. Apps for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows are all out there now. In the Premium version, you can try it for 30 days before you have to give your credit card number. There is no free plan. In addition, the company gives up giving employees access to a virtual data room, which helps protect critical information.
N/A Free account Storage Space
N/A Free account max file size
Paid accounts:In addition to limitless storage, the pay-per-use memberships include Standard, Advanced, Premium and Virtual Data Room with 5GB of storage. Each extra employee costs $10–$24 a month to use the plan. There is no limit on how many clients can use a plan simultaneously. To make a payment for a year, the prices are as follows:
There is a maximum file size for paid accounts that can hold 100GB: Standard, Advanced, and Premium. The Virtual Data Room can hold 5GB.
It’s possible to pay extra for third-party connections like Microsoft 365/Office 365 collaboration.
Uploading a 245MB file took:1 minute, 38 seconds
Because we already know that Dropbox and Box are giant in the business world, it’s important to point out that they have enterprise-level security and administration tools, as well as a vast ecosystem of third-party apps. There has been a lot of progress and improvement in both over time. For most businesses, either one is a good option.
Recently, Dropbox has added features that make it easier for people to work together and be more productive, like making Microsoft Office or Google Docs/Sheets/Slides files from inside Dropbox and a new shared Spaces interface for teams to work together. Dropbox.
If you want to use Dropbox before you pay for it, you can get 2GB of storage space for free with the Basic plan for people. Everyone who buys business software can try it out for 30 days for free before they buy.
Provides 2GB Free account Storage Space
Provides No limit, but must be smaller than your storage space quota.
Paid accounts: It’s possible to buy personal plans for the Plus ($10) and Family ($17/month for up to 6 users, 2TB shared storage). They can be bought. The one-user plan costs $16.60 a month; the three-user plan costs $12.50 a month; and the unlimited storage plan costs $20 a month for the three-user plan, which has unlimited storage. For business plans, please contact Dropbox Sales. To make a payment for a year, the prices are as follows:
Additional features with business plans: The Dropbox business plans also include 180 days of file recovery and version history, 180 days for Dropbox Rewind (recover from accidents or ransomware by reversing changes at the folder or account level), two-factor authentication, document watermarking and shared link controls. More expensive subscriptions come with an admin console, single sign-on (SSO), audit logs, and other things. These things are also included.
Uploading a 245MB file took: 56 seconds
There is no need to use Google Drive if you already use Google’s productivity products like Google Docs because they work together. Despite not using any other Google services, you should consider using Google Drive because it gives you 15 GB of free space (shared with other Google services). It costs $30 a year for 200 GB of storage for people who want to use it.
To use the Backup and Sync desktop software for Windows or Mac OS, you don’t have to store your files in one place. To choose which folders on your computer to sync with Google Drive, you can instead choose which folders you want to sync. If you share a link to a file with your coworkers, they might get an error message that says they can’t open the file. It can be hard to figure out. Once you have access to a file, the best thing to do is use Google’s productivity apps to work on documents together in real-time.
It doesn’t matter that you don’t have a Google One account. You can use Drive for free. Businesses can choose from either a Google Workspace or a Workspace Essentials package with all of the above apps except for Gmail and Calendar. People can try business plans for free for 14 days.
Provides 15GB Free account Storage Space
Provides 5TB account max file size: (with some exceptions)
Paid accounts: Google One plans for people can be bought: 100 GB is $2; 200 GB is $3; 2 TB is $10; 10 TB is $50; 20 TB is $100; 30 TB is $150 per month. Businesses, such as the following, can use Google Workspace Basics packages: 2TB of shared cloud storage costs $8 a month for 100GB of storage for each person. In Google’s Enterprise (300+ users) service, you can set up workspace arrangements. Enterprise (300GB storage per user, contact sales for pricing): Business Starter (30GB storage per user, $6/month; Business Standard (2TB storage per user, $12/month; Business Plus (5TB storage per user, $18/month).
Additional features with business plans:People who buy commercial plans get extra features like 24-hour phone and email support and an admin panel, audit and reporting. If you sign up for a more expensive subscription, you can get more advanced endpoint management, data loss prevention, context-aware access, and other features.
Uploading a 245MB file took: 48 seconds
To use iCloud, you need an Apple ID. As long as you have an Apple ID, you have 5 GB of online storage, which you can use to share folders and other documents with other iCloud accounts. There is no Android app for iCloud yet, so Apple’s iCloud service is more likely to help Apple customers who also have a Windows PC; we don’t see many Windows users signing up for an iCloud account to use the service. If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the web app for Apple’s iCloud service. Google’s online cloud storage is another option.
Users can set up iCloud to automatically back up and sync specific folders on their computers, such as the Documents folder, the Desktop folder, or other folders. It is also possible to move photos and movies between the iPhone and the iPad. Anyone who plans to use this feature will likely want an iCloud account with more space. Still, it’s a good deal for Apple fans who pay $3 a month for 200GB of storage.
iCloud users can share files with their coworkers, but this is primarily a service for people who want to keep their data safe.
While iCloud users can use their personal accounts to share files with colleagues (and those files are encrypted in transit and at rest), this is essentially a consumer service.
Provides 5GB Free account Storage Space
Provides 5GB in theory, as long as it doesn’t exceed storage limits.
Paid accounts:It costs $1/month for 50GB, $3/month for 200, and $10/month for 2TB of space. If you have an Apple ID, you can tell your Family about your plans (up to five other members). There are many ways to save money with Apple services, like Apple Music or Apple TV+.
It means that a paid account can have a file size of 50 GB, as long as it doesn’t go over the storage limit.
Paid account max file size 50GB, as long as it doesn’t exceed storage limits.
Additional features with paid plans: In contrast to other online storage companies, which provide new functionalities when you expand your storage, paid plans don’t come with more capabilities.
Uploading a 245MB file took :1 minute and 56 seconds