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7 ways to supercharge your personal cloud storage

JR Raphael | Feb. 23, 2016
Make the most of your virtual storage with these seven tips and tools for cloud power users.

First, grab an extension that'll let you quickly save images, files, or full Web pages directly from your browser to your cloud storage account. In Chrome, Google Drive and Amazon Cloud Drive have official extensions for such purposes, and Dropbox has an excellent third-party option that'll get the job done. Microsoft, meanwhile, has a clipper extension for its OneDrive-associated OneNote service.

Second, take a peek at IFTTT -- a free cloud-based "trigger" service (short for "If This, Then That") that connects different apps in powerful ways. You can find recipes that'll automatically save all of your incoming Gmail attachments to Dropbox or Drive, for example, or recipes that'll let you save attachments to Dropbox or Drive on demand by forwarding emails to a specific address. You can even configure the service to create an automatically updating Drive spreadsheet showing all the calls you make from your Android phone or how much time you spend at certain locations.

The possibilities are practically endless.

6. Create your own cloud-based backup ... of your cloud storage

Creating redundancy is one of the first tasks people tell you to tackle when you talk about minimizing the risk of data loss or downtime in the cloud. We've already covered how to make sure your cloud-based files are backed up and available on your local computer -- but if you really want to feel secure about your virtual property, you can take another step and back it up elsewhere in the cloud, too.

Sounds complicated, right? It could be -- but thanks to a service called Mover, it's pretty straightforward. All you do is connect the service to two different cloud storage providers, then set a schedule to back up your data from one provider to the other. You can opt to do hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly backups, and you can perform either a full backup every time or a backup of only the files that have changed since your last sync. You can also opt to do a manual data copy, if you don't want to create an automated recurring schedule.

Mover works with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, and it's free with unlimited transfers and schedules. The only reason you'd have to pay is if you want to use Mover's "premium" cloud storage options -- basically, more business-level solutions like Amazon S3, Dropbox for Business, and Google Drive for Work. With those options in the mix, the service costs $20 for a one-time migration (up to 20GB) or $20 per month for ongoing scheduled backups (up to 15GB per month).

 

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