Personal cloud storage service options are popping up everywhere:
Dropbox, Box, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Apple’s iCloud. And announced just this week, Google’s Drive.
Typically, such services offer more than just storage. They also include file management, sharing and even syncing.
Most offer a basic free plan with limited storage space, most typically 5G of space, and most also offer desktop and mobile apps to facilitate moving files to and from the cloud.
There are many facets on which to compare the services when determining the one that will work best for you: price, features, operating systems supported. But don’t forget about the TOS. That’s the “Terms of Service,” where things like privacy measures and a bunch of other legal mumbo jumbo is presented for you to accept before you can start using the service.
If you are thinking right now, “but I never read that stuff,” then you are definitely in the majority. One blogger, however, did read the TOS, and he shares a frightening excerpt from the new Google Drive service. He also compares it to the analogous sections of the Dropbox and SkyDrive TOS. Read his post, Sticking with Dropbox.