There's one trust issue I have with Dropbox though, which goes by the name of Condoleezza Rice. Since 2014 she's been serving on the Dropbox board of directors.
While Dropbox probably approached her because she undoubtedly is a very talented woman and not because of her political background the agenda implemented by the administration she was part of, particular the surveillance measure, leaves a sour aftertaste.
As a company for which protection of user privacy rights should have paramount importance how do you justify hiring someone who obviously couldn't care less about these rights?
However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be doing something on principle because ethically it's the right thing to do. Obviously, I failed to do so myself in that case because I still have a Dropbox account. After all, one specific name on the board perhaps really isn't all that important for users to switch to another service that might not offer the same benefits as Dropbox.
Still, it's a slippery slope. I think both shareholders and customers have to hold companies accountable for their behaviour.
My photos are all stored in iCloud because of the great integration between all my Apple devices. I have 2TB free from an old job but will have to switch to the 50gb for $0.99/month when that runs out. Also, I store my third-party password manager keychain in iCloud (I personally believe it has the best security).
The files I actively work on or have worked on semi-recently (school stuff, personal programming projects) are all in my Dropbox because I often need the files actually stored on my computer but also easily accessibly online from somewhere else. I only have 2.2 gigs of space, but it's fine because I'm usually storing plain text documents.
I use Google Drive for backups and any large files I don't need stored on my computer because I get unlimited space through university. This is usually an "upload and forget" type thing where I almost never go back and access the files, but still want them saved somewhere.
I use Youtube for saving video (I have a lot of drone footage). I upload hundreds of gigs of video to a private playlist. I don't need the original full quality videos, and would rather have ease of access from anywhere, so this works well.
I use free accounts on Dropbox and Google Drive and paid top tier iCloud storage (2TB) for personal items mostly because of ease of use of iCloud for photos on every device. Photos also backed up (compressed) for free to Google Photos so there isn't a single point of failure for all my family's photos.
FreeNas has recently added a "cloud sync" feature. So I have my NAS just automatically syncing to B2. It has been easy and transparent thus far.
- The APIs are good
- There’s good Python (2 and 3) clients on pip for quick scripting
- It integrates with many backup frontends
- Significantly cheaper than S3, while basically being the same thing
- Privately held, based in SF, no VC money (and the related incentives)
If you're going to host this at home you'll probably want/need a firewall, I hear OpenBSD is great in that area.
Today, you would probably classify this as indiweb or decentralized. I would just call it DiyO and always prefer it against some subscription.
I know you asked about cloud storage. But the rise of Vloggers and Youtube creators and their 4K video requirements is driving a lot of innovation in hard drives. That $100 could also get you something like this sweet rugged portable 1TB SSD unit. Perfect companion for drone cinematography in the great outdoors ;)
Google drive also can get someone confusing with how it integrates with things like google spreadsheets when you want to keep non-google things seperated
Dropbox has the fastest sync rates by far, and the largest number of integrations. You also have useful features like selective sync as well
Icloud has some subpar sync rates from when I use it. Personally, I do IT for family members who own apple products and I can definitely tell you I have spent at least 3 hours on tech support with a apple lvl3 tech just to resolve some basic issues. Dropbox never had that problem.
Amazon, I have not tried it. Dropbox used to use a lot of AmazonS3 until it migrated to its own storage solutions last year? so you can't necessarily go wrong with them. However again, 3rd party integrations is not there
Mega while its doesn't offer a lot of 3rd party integrations, and I can't attest to any of its quality
I used to be in the same boat as you comparing prices to GB of storage, but this is a highly inaccurate way of benchmarking cloud solutions.
Your benchmark needs to consist of
- Cost vs. Storage Size
- Folder complexity VS. sync/index times
- File size VS sync/index times
- Number of 3rd party integration
- Privacy concerns
- Other features (selective syncing, revision control for 1 year, etc)
At the end of the day I use dropbox since $99/year is not a whole lot anyways. I'd rather pay more for a better solution.
I have a few personal files encrypted using boxcryptor that I run alongside with dropbox
I don't expect this to be widely used option by other commenters here :-)
Edit: another way to look at it is that the subscription price (£80 per year in the UK) is fairly reasonable fot 1TB of cloud storage but you also get MS Office for free. Again, this won't be very convincing to most on HN, but to me it's an unbeatable deal.
I use Dropbox for everyday, but I’m probably going to drop it becuase of the premium pricepoint and less than premium features. Services like OneDrive and Google Drive suck less than they once did and offer useful features like search.
- Comes with Office Suite
- 60 EUR/year