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Tech For Students: Best Online Cloud Storage Solutions For School

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Today's students have it so easy with the existence of modern technology. Not only can they easily look for information online nowadays, they can also easily work together on a project through instant messaging and cloud-computing.

Cloud-computing now gives us the ability to store, manage and process data by using a network of remote servers on the Internet rather than through a local server or a personal computer. According to U.S. News, one of the biggest benefits of cloud storage is that users will no longer lose any of their files if their computer crashes or they lose their phone.

"The clouds aren't going anywhere, and if they do, they're going to give you a chance to download everything," Eric Rosenberg, a personal finance and technology expert who publishes PersonalProfitability.com, said. "Whatever platform you're on the most is going to be easiest for you."

There are a lot of choices for cloud storage. The most popular ones are Windows, Apple, Android and Amazon. The publication shared five cloud storage options which students can use for school work.

1. Dropbox

The program is available across all types of platforms. It allows users to automatically sync their files for flexible accessibility. It also makes file-sharing easy.

2. Google Drive

Anyone with a Gmail account already has 15 megabytes' worth of free storage space on Google Drive. Users can upgrade with an additional 100 gigabytes for $1.99 a month or one terabyte for $9.99 per month.

3. Apple iCloud

The iCloud allows users to sync their files seamlessly on all of their Mac and iOS devices. The first 5 gigabytes are free but can be upgraded to 50 gigabytes for 99 cents a month, 200 GB for $2.99 or a terabyte for $9.99.

4. Microsoft OneDrive

It comes as a standard with Windows 8. However, users of earlier versions of Windows can still download the program. It is also compatible with iOS, Android and Windows phones.

5. Amazon Cloud Drive

This cloud storage is free for Amazon Prime members. It works with Mac and PC but it's not compatible with other apps. According to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet.com, "if you own an Amazon Fire tablet or Fire phone, or you're an Amazon Prime member, Amazon Cloud Drive is worth it. If you're not, for me that lack of integration with your desktop operating system is a deal-breaker."

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