Say Farewell to OneDrive’s Unlimited Storage for Office 365 Users

OneDrive cloud storage changes

 

Once upon a time, paying Office 365 subscribers enjoyed unlimited OneDrive storage, increasing the platform’s competitiveness against the likes of Google Drive and Dropbox. But now Microsoft has changed its mind because, apparently, the unlimited storage privilege had been abused by some users.

According to their official blog:

“Since starting to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings.”

They also added that, in some cases, users used 75TB of storage, which is 14,000 times the average used by Office 365 subscribers.

The changes mean that subscribers for Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal and Office 365 University will go back to a 1TB limit for OneDrive storage. If you are on one of these plans and currently have more than 1TB stored in your OneDrive account, you can keep the increased space for 12 months.

To sum up:

  • Microsoft is offering pro-rated refunds to users who decide ti withdraw from their Office 365 subscription
  • Paid users of OneDrive will also experience downgrades, with the 100GB and 200GB storage options being replaced by a 50GB service for a monthly fee of $1.99 (currently standalone storage plans won’t be affected)
  • Free storage on OneDrive will decrease from 5GB to 15GB for all new and current users, with the bonus of 15GB for camera roll storage also being discontinued

Not such great news if you use the service.

It will be interesting to see how many current users will move their cloud storage services in light of Microsoft’s changes.

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Source: Techtimes

 

Which is The Best Cloud Storage Service of 2015?

 

Finding the right cloud storage service for your needs can be tricky.

There are 3 main players:

  • Dropbox
  • OneDrive
  • Google Drive

Of course, they each offer different benefits, so to help you work out which is best for your needs we’ve sifted through the pros and cons.

Service overview

Dropbox

Quite basic, Dropbox allows you to store files in the cloud, arranged in folders and sub-folders – a bit like you would on your desktop.

You can also choose to share folders with others – very handy if you want to email a large file to someone.

OneDrive

This offers much the same as Dropbox, but it’s integrated with the Microsoft and Google ecosystems.

Previously known as SkyDrive, if you have a Microsoft email account (Outlook or Hotmail) you already have OneDrive and access to Office Online (it’s also one of the apps included with the Windows 8 OS).

Google Drive

This is much the same as OneDrive except it’s integrated with Google Docs as well as Android and Chrome OS. In a similar way as above, if you have a Gmail account, you already have Google Drive.

How much to you get free?

Google Drive and OneDrive are the most generous offering 15GB free storage per user. You only get 2GB with DropBox.

As for bonuses, the picture is a bit different.

OneDrive offers a recruitment incentive bonus: recruit 1 friend and get an extra 500MB, which goes up to a maximum of 5GB if you recruit 10 friends.

You can also earn an extra 15GB of storage when you activate your camera roll backup on iOS, Android, Windows or Windows phone to save photos automatically to OneDrive.

Dropbox also offers a bonus scheme: for each person you invite to Dropbox (and who joins), you get an extra 500MB with a maximum of…wait for it…16GB. By far the most generous.

So which one is right for you?

Only you can decide that, but hopefully this quick insight will make that an easy decision.

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Source: alphr.com

Is Online Storage Worth the Money?

Online storage security isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – you only have to look at the celebrity news to work that one out, namely Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlet Johannson’s recent nude photo leaks.

You may have heard that Apple’s iCloud storage system has recently changed it’s pricing plan so you only get 5GB free storage. If you want more you have to pay a monthly fee.

Wouldn’t it be cheaper (and safer) in the long run to buy a hard drive to store your photos, videos and files?

There are pros and cons to both sides of the argument: online storage is convenient and easy to use, but you’re placing all your trust in a third party’s security provision. So what other solutions are there?

Well how about the diskGenie from iStorage? It offers powerful encryption in a compact, portable device and comes with a 3 year warranty.

Also featuring AES 256 bit real time hardware encryption, it protects the data on the drive keeping it safe even if the hard drive is removed from its enclosure. Quite simply, the iStorage diskGenie is the ultimate portable hard drive and secure storage system.

With no software to install, easy setup and real-time encryption, the diskGenie is the best way to protect your data, customers and your business.

Its low powered, compact, robust design features a 16-point omni-directional shock mounting system, protecting the drive from drops and knocks. It is perfect for safely transporting data between office and home as well as storing photos, music and video files.

The diskGenie also offers stress free deployment in corporate environments whilst adding secure additional capacity to your system. Allowing the enrolment of up to ten unique user IDs and one administrator, it is an unparalleled business collaboration tool.

Other products are available.
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Cloud Computing – The Pros and Cons

Our clients ask us a lot of questions about cloud computing.

They read about how great it is, but are concerned about data safety.

To give you some background, cloud computing is basically the outsourcing of your IT services remotely over the internet. At the most basic level it means you putting your data on a third party server and accessing the software over the internet instead of on your individual computer or private server.

So is it a good idea? Only you can decide that, but here are a few of the pros and cons to help you make up your own mind.

Pros of cloud computing

Let’s start with the pros.

It does mean you can have access to all sorts of facilities that you may not have previously been able to afford because you don’t have to buy or maintain servers or company data storage facilities.

But it isn’t all about cost savings. Because data back-up is automatically stored on the cloud application it can save time too, not to mention the long-term flexibility it gives you in terms of storage and processing power.

Sounds great doesn’t it? Well, there are down sides too.

Cons of cloud computing

The main issues and risk with cloud computing relate to data protection and privacy.

As you already know, when handling personal data, you are subject to the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). One of the Act’s protocols provides that all data must be kept safe.

The main issue here is that, potentially, when in the cloud your information could be stored overseas (and outside the EU), which triggers another protocol under the DPA, namely that data mustn’t be sent outside the EU unless that country has an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects.

Basically, you must check to see where your data is stored and if overseas, you must ask for a list of countries where the data will be processed and what safeguards are in place.

Of course, not every cloud backup provider operates overseas. Our own cloud backup service has military encryption when transmitting data and the data is stored in 2 locations across London.

So the best advice we can give is make sure you do some digging to find out exactly how your data will be stored, where and how securely it will be transmitted.

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