Top 10 Cloud Storage Providers 2018

Top 10 Cloud Storage Providers


Top 10 Cloud Storage Providers 2018 - This is a list of all the cloud storages that we've reviewed here at Cloudstorageinfo.org. Countless hours of extensive testing resulted in this one short list. When writing the reviews we've considered all the needs of a personal cloud storage user. Features such as file sharing, syncing, retrieving, security and privacy, were all reviewed in every single review. We've also paid attention to the prices and support that are part of every cloud storage. The rankings go from the best to the worst, top to the bottom.

There's obviously more cloud services than 10 on the list. I do recommend the first 10, while you should be careful when using any of the ones below that.

You can also read more about the first 3 cloud storages at the bottom of the post which are my favourite, or you can directly go to the reviews by clicking on the buttons.

We would also like to hear your thoughts on this list and whether or not you agree with it in the comments section down below.


pCloud - A great cloud service that takes pride in offering the highest protection available with unlimited download and upload speeds.

20 GB of  free storage

$4.99 / month 500 GB

Sync.com - It utilizes "Zero-Knowledge" easy to use and modern platform with very decent upgrade plans. Privacy is their "thing".

5 GB of  free storage

$4.08 / month 500 GB

Tresorit protects your files with Swiss privacy laws and end-to-end encryption. Amazing syncing speeds and sharing options. Uncompetitive prices.

14-day free trial

8.33€ / month 200 GB

Dropbox - A very popular and easy to use cloud storage. Provides good sync and sharing options. It has no backup feature.

2 GB of  free storage

€9.99 / month 1000 GB

Deeply integrated with all Google services. Great for uploading documents and photos. Not suitable for bigger files and has no backup feature.

15 GB of  free storage

€1.99 / month 100 GB

Box offers great 3rd party programs, Office and Google Docs, Sheet integrated and good sync&sharing options. Uncompetitive prices.

10 GB of  free storage

$10 / month 100 GB

MEGA offers a generous 15 GB free storage. It has a modern/responsive interface. Online support is limited, down/upload speeds could be better.

15 GB of  free storage

€4.99 / month 200 GB

OneDrive offers free 1 TB storage for students only. Integrated with Microsoft apps, responsive interface, limited sharing & retrieving options.

5 GB of  free storage

$1.99 / month 50 GB

SugarSync - Great syncing solution, good sharing options, generous link bandwidth. Expensive upgrade plans with no permanent free plan.

90-day free trial 5 GB

$7.49 / month 100 GB

Jottacloud - Norwegian cloud service that is a mix of both cloud backup&storage. Comes with limited sharing options and no local encryption.

5 GB of  free storage

€7.50/month Unlimited GB

iCloud Drive - Product of apple that was made for apple users only. Good syncing speeds, lacks sharing options, no real file versioning system.

5 GB of  free storage

$9.99 / month 1000 GB

Russian Google with limited sharing options and no versioning system. Perfect for people that don't like the U.S. government agencies on their tales.

10 GB of  free storage

$2.00 / month 100 GB

Amazon Drive - Limited sharing options and support, no versioning system, unknown security, unlimited photo storage for Amazon Prime users.

5 GB of  free storage

$11.99 / year 100 GB

Limited features in the free plan, questionable security of your files, fishy refund policy, known for having issues with the backup system.

5 GB of  free storage

$5.00 / month 500 GB

MediaFire offers up to 50 GB of free storage (referrals). Very cheap 1 TB storage. Slow interface, up/down speeds. No desktop app.

10 GB of  free storage

$5.00 / month 1000 GB

hubiC offers cheap upgrade plans at a price of their features. Sharing, syncing, security and support are all very limited and poor.

25 GB of free storage

$1.00 / month 100 GB

JustCloud is a very expensive cloud storage. I would advise using it if you want the backup feature only. There are better options out there.

15 MB of  free storage

€10.43 / month 1 GB

ADrive has fallen behind in time. The interface is outdated and slow, the pricing&plans are not competitive. I would advise avoiding it.

60 days trial period

$2.50 / month 100 GB


Top 10 Cloud Storage Providers


#1 Recommendation 

pCloud

9.1

Pricing & Plans

9.5/10

Ease of Use

9.0/10

File Syncing

9.5/10

File Sharing

8.5/10

Retrieving Files

8.5/10

Security

9.5/10

Support

9.0/10

Additional Features

9.0/10

Pros

  • Up to 20 GB of free storage
  • Secure storage
  • Amazing internet speeds
  • Easy to use
  • Unlimited file size
  • Client-Side Encryption

Cons

  • No local encryption in the free plan
  • Lacks certain team features in the free plan

pCloud is a great cloud service that takes pride in offering the highest protection available with unlimited download and upload speeds. While it had some bumps in the history it has improved a lot to the point where I can even say that it's one of the top cloud services. It's a product that I would recommend to anyone searching for an excellent cloud storage. The security is top notch, there's no limit to download speeds or the size of your files. The backup feature is there as well, but it's not one of the features that they take pride in. It's still quite useful and will satisfy your basic needs.

It's also important to mention that you can backup your WordPress website and your social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, and Picassa). Backing up other cloud storages is also available (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive). There is a number of other features available to you - Check them in a detailed review here.

One of the best things about pCloud is that they don't use the storage of your PC to host files. With pCloud Drive, you have access to the files that are actually in the cloud. You can always "favorite" your files and that way store them for offline usage.

pCloud has 7.600.000+ users and that base continues to grow daily.

Click Here For Full pCloud Review.


#2 Recommendation

Sync.com

9.1

Pricing & Plans

9.5/10

Ease of Use

9.0/10

File Syncing

9.5/10

File Sharing

9.0/10

Retrieving Files

9.0/10

Security

9.5/10

Support

8.5/10

Additional Features

8.5/10

Pros

  • Zero-Knowledge platform
  • Not subject to US Patriot Act
  • Locally encrypted files
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Easy to use, modern platform
  • Great syncing, sharing options
  • Unlimited bandwidth

Cons

  • No live chat
  • No linux client

Sync is definitely one of the cloud storages you should take into consideration if you're searching for one. It takes pride by it's "Zero-knowledge" easy to use and modern platform. They take good care of your privacy and ensure that your files are saved safely. Apart from that they offer great syncing and sharing options which get even better if you decide to upgrade to the Pro version. Their prices and plans are very competitive, one of the best on the market. The support is also quite good with an excellent FAQ base and quick response team.

Click Here For Full Sync.com Review.


#3 Recommendation

Tresorit

8.2

Pricing & Plans

5.5/10

Ease of Use

9.0/10

File Syncing

9.5/10

File Sharing

9.0/10

Retrieving Files

8.0/10

Security

9.0/10

Support

8.0/10

Additional Features

7.5/10

Pros

  • 14-day trial
  • Swiss privacy laws & Great security
  • Amazing down/upload speeds
  • Good sharing options
  • Well made applications
  • Great organisation of your files

Cons

  • No real free storage
  • Uncompetitive prices

Tresorit is a Swiss company that offers cloud service to personal and business users. The two personal plans that they offer are the Premium and Solo plan. Their cloud service is very easy to use and keeps your files organised. Syncing speeds are incredible, and so are the sharing features. They have also recently updated their service to include a file recovery system.

I believe it's also safe to say that Tresorit offers one of the best security and privacy solutions. Your files and your privacy is protected by the Swiss privacy laws, which are known for its resistance against the foreign surveillance and data warrants.

The two plans they offer for personal users are quite expensive when compared to other cloud storages which is unfortunate since they have the potential to become one of the best cloud storages for personal users.

Click Here For Full Tresorit Review.



Do you agree with my "Top 10 Cloud Storage Providers list"? Let me know what is your favourite cloud storage in the comments section down below!

19 thoughts on “Top 10 Cloud Storage Providers 2018

  • August 7, 2018 at 20:44
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    Hi,

    Thanks for a relevant and up-to-date article. I have been up on this subject now for many hours. It took me quite some time to realise that if I accidentally delete files or folders from an online storage service such as Google Drive, or OneDrive, the files/folders will also be deleted from our computers and phones in the sync folders (at least I believe this to be true)! In other words, this sounds to me like a no-go solution for backing up family photos over the years or so.

    However, online backup seems to be just… well, backup. I can’t seem to find a service that backs up my family’s data from various computers/phones and lets us share them in the cloud (for example, one can’t view photos online using sync.com), but without deleting the files from the local drives if deleted accidentally online.

    I think this is what all of us want! Do you know of any such solution? I am thinking JottaCloud, as that is a mix of the two, but the reviews are not favorable. Or does pCloud have an “archiving” function or so, just like JottaCloud has? Thanks!

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    • August 8, 2018 at 22:31
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      Hello Petter,

      Thanks for coming by! What you could also do is choose a cloud service that offers both solutions within their program such as Backblaze. I personally haven’t tested it out completely but reviews on backups will follow in the near future. Backblaze is considered one of the more prominent solutions in that department where you need both of the worlds at the same time. If you only want backup though feel free to go for a full backup solution such as iDrive etc.

      Although to go back to your first point. All deleted files go to the trash bin with most of the cloud storage (check specific reviews for that). So if somebody accidentally deletes something you will have a set amount of time in which you can retrieve those files without a problem. Again, check the reviews for specific retrieval times.

      Let me know if you have any more questions!

      Dejan

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  • June 11, 2018 at 08:32
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    This is an excellent review of different cloud storage providers. It seems that author has chosen the most important criteria to analyze storage performance: file sharing, synchronizing, security, retrieval, and privacy. For those of us who are using clouds for years, it is an excellent opportunity to look at the alternative solutions and maybe to try different providers. For the beginners, it provides objective data and helps to make a proper solution. For many years, I am using Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive. It is not the first time, I came across pCloud, it seems I have to try it as my alternative cloud storage solution.

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  • May 28, 2018 at 00:13
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    I’m currently using Microsoft’s One drive and Google’s Drive for my offline storage. Reason being I’m a Windows and gmail user so the free storage is what I’m using. While it’s working fine, I’m quite concerned about the government ties to these big corporations and was finding a good backup for my more personal files. The pCloud looks like a good alternative based on your review. I’ll be sure to check it out.

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    • May 28, 2018 at 00:13
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      Hello Isaac,

      Let me know how it works out for you and if you have any questions! I’ll be happy to help.

      Dejan

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  • May 27, 2018 at 20:24
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    These days, all data is stored online. The ones I use myself are Google Drive and Dropbox. However, it does make me a little uneasy that neither of them has a backup feature. I assumed that was just being done for me. I’ll have to look into some of the others. I know you recommended PCloud as your #1 but do any of them have a higher focus on security to prevent your data from being compromised?

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    • June 6, 2018 at 16:45
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      Hello Camden,

      The ones I would put forward as the best security options are Sync.com, pCloud and Tresorit. Whichever you choose from these 3 will be a good overall choice. Let me know if you need any help.

      Dejan

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  • August 19, 2017 at 22:30
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    I find your review very informative. I have been looking for a system to use between my office and I think I will take your recommendation and try out pcloud and google drive. Do you have any recommendation for networking perhaps like vmware or logmein? I also need a service that will allow me to remote into the clients we use in my office.

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    • August 21, 2017 at 11:35
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      Hello Rob,

      Unfortunatelly I have no experience with networking softwares like vmware or logmein. I personally use TeamViewer to remote into other PC’s and I am generally satisfied with it. Don’t know any other alternatives though as I’ve never needed one.

      Dejan

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  • July 13, 2017 at 22:54
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    One of the services that you listed is the One Drive and you said that it has very little sharing and retrieving capabilities. I find that if you have compatible devices you can easily retrieve things from device to device, and if the people you want to share something with have the same program then the sharing acts much like Google Drive.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 09:10
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      Hello Katie,

      When I said that OneDrive offers limited sharing&retrieving; options I meant something else than what you thought I meant. Regarding the sharing – You can share files with your friends through social media, email or by creating the link. I said the options were limited because it doesn’t offer any advanced features like passworded links, expiry date links,… 

      OneDrive doesn’t really offer a versioning system which is why I said it has limited retrieving options. A versioning system is very useful because it allows you to go back to a previous version of your document and retrieve it. OneDrive doesn’t offer that.

      The things you mentioned are all true. Synchronisation between devices works fine, although it does take up space on your devices to save the files. pCloud , for example, doesn’t do that. Files synced across your devices don’t take up any space.

      Hopefully, that clears up a few things.

      Dejan

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  • July 12, 2017 at 09:26
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    Great cloud storage list. I have seen some solutions I didn’t know about.
    I am using some of the options presented in the review list above (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud) – I am using all of the major ecosystems or should I say clouds.
    What I would like to ask is, which is the best of these services for backup purposes primarily?

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    • July 12, 2017 at 09:48
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      Hello Marios,

      None of the options you listed above focus on backing up your files. In fact, all of the cloud storages on the list above focus on cloud storage, not cloud backup. The difference between the two is that cloud storages offer you space online to which you can then manually upload files. Those files are then available to you at any time anywhere. If we’re speaking about cloud backup we’re talking about backing up certain files within your devices while still keeping them in the devices. In case something happens to your device you don’t have to worry about your files because they’re stored online.

      Some of the major backup clouds are BackBlaze, iDrive, Carbonite,…

      I’ll be doing reviews on these services soon as well.

      Dejan

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  • July 10, 2017 at 20:00
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    These days it’s becoming increasingly difficult to not have to use SOME TYPE of cloud storage. It brings you a lot of features such as being able to access your files anywhere at any time and more. I can appreciate this best cloud storage list because I’ve never considered purchasing cloud storage and have always opted for something like Google Drive that doesn’t cost me anything. Thanks for your thorough reviews, I will definitely keep these in mind when I will be in need of a bigger cloud storage and it will be time to make a purchase.

    Which cloud storage would you suggest that is cheap and provides me with about 2 TB of cloud storage?

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    • July 10, 2017 at 20:07
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      Hello Elisabeth,

      It’s true that more and more people are getting into cloud storage every year. I would suggest you one of the first two cloud storages (pCloud and Sync.com) in this list. They’re the most useful and secure options to pick from at this very moment. They also provide a 2 TB cloud storage plan for a decent price, when compared with other cloud storage providers.

      Let me know if you have any questions!

      Dejan

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  • July 9, 2017 at 03:33
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    Hey there

    Thanks for writing such an informative article!

    I have always been skeptical of using cloud storage! I worry that my data will be loss or at worst, be hacked or hijacked by others!

    You have provided some great reviews of some great products! This review may has changed my mind! I will definitely be looking in to pCloud! This seemed like a great option!

    Regards
    Hailey

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    • July 9, 2017 at 08:01
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      Hello Hailey,

      It’s all about picking the right cloud storage that makes sure it protects your privacy and your files. The first 2 offer client-side encryption , which is basically a zero-knowledge principle. You’re the only one that has access to your files.

      pCloud is indeed one of the top options you can go with at the moment. It offers a variety of features with good protection. You can also go with their Crypto plan which encrypts your files client-side, meaning nobody will be able to access those files.

      If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

      Dejan

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  • July 7, 2017 at 14:35
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    I use Dropbox both as an employee for the company I work for and for personal use as well. The best feature for me was it allowed me to sync my work from multiple locations. This was a big plus for me since it allowed me to have backup copies of my work accessible from anywhere I go. Great recommendation, thanks for the reviews.

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    • July 7, 2017 at 16:35
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      Hello Joey,

      Dropbox is most certainly useful with a number of features. For businesses and personal usage. The only questionable thing that I already mentioned above is privacy. 

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Dejan

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