Risky Free Clouds

17 01 2013

To register for a free cloud storage is easy and fast.
Go to the website, fill in your E-Mail address and a password and click on Submit. You will get a confirmation E-Mail. Confirm and you can access 2, 5 or up to 25 GB space in the cloud.

But did you read all the Terms and Conditions of your provider?

I extracted regulations from some well-known providers. Others operate with nearly the same terms. See what may happen with your data if it’s a free account.

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Dropbox

Dropbox allows you to store up to 2 GB free of charge. Dropbox reserves the right to terminate Free Accounts at any time, with or without notice. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if a Free Account is inactive for ninety (90) days, then Dropbox may delete any or all of Your Files without providing additional notice.

GoogleDrive

We are constantly changing and improving our Services. We may add or remove functionalities or features, and we may suspend or stop a Service altogether.
Google may also stop providing Services to you, or add or create new limits to our Services at any time. We believe that you own your data and preserving your access to such data is important. If we discontinue a Service, where reasonably possible, we will give you reasonable advance notice and a chance to get information out of that Service.

Box

In addition to other termination provisions, if your account it not currently subject to a paid subscription plan with us, we at our discretion may terminate your account if: (a) you do not engage in any activity in your account within thirty (30) days after becoming a Registered User, or (b) you do not engage in any activity in your account for any period of one-hundred and twenty (120) consecutive days. In the event of such termination, any Content you may have stored will be lost.

SkyDrive

Can Microsoft remove my content from the services? Yes. We may ask you to remove your content from the services if it violates this agreement or the law. Failure to comply may result in loss of access to, or cancellation of, the services or your Microsoft account. Additionally, Microsoft may remove your content without asking you if we determine it’s in violation of this agreement or the law, or if we receive a notice of intellectual property infringement from a third party.

SugarSync

Free Accounts don’t have all the features of Paid Accounts and are subject to limitations described in these Terms and as implemented by SugarSync from time to time. For example, you may have only one Free Account at a time and if you don’t use the account for a period of 90 days or more (for example, no synching or back up of files for 90 days), your Free Account may be automatically terminated. A Free Account holder may upgrade to a Paid Account by following the SugarSync upgrade procedures.

iDrive

We reserve the right to terminate Free Accounts at any time, with or without notice. Without limiting the foregoing, if a Free Account is inactive for ninety (90) days, then we reserve the right to terminate the Free Account without providing additional notice. An inactive account is an account where no login has occurred either automatically or manually for a specified period of time.

As you can see all providers may terminate your account without notice.
So what can you do to minimize the risk of loosing data?

  • Sync files in the cloud with a local folder
  • Use different providers and sync your files periodically for the corresponding locations
  • Upgrade to a paid account

This blog is about the usage of Apple’s iOS-Devices and you may ask, what can I do without having any Mac or PC to save copies of my files?

As you know iOS-Devices cannot be upgraded to higher memory if needed so you get a problem if you have to manage large data volumes.
What you can do is to attach an external storage to your router and save copies of your files locally on that device. What you need is a helper app which can connect to your provider and the network attached drive. You can do this job e.g. with FileBrowser from Apple’s App Store.

Refer to my blog

iWork to Airport

for a description of using this app for iWork documents or photos.

Read these posts for further informations about providers …

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