Cloud stor­age

Don’t risk your pho­tos: whisk them up into the safety of the cloud

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Back­ing up your shots is hardly a blast, and that was es­pe­cially the case back when that meant spend­ing time burn­ing them to CDs. For­tu­nately, keep­ing your pho­tos safe is now much eas­ier thanks to the cloud. Put sim­ply, ‘the cloud’ is just techno-jar­gon for on­line stor­age. You can choose from nu­mer­ous web­sites of­fer­ing any­where be­tween 1GB and 1TB of free re­mote hard drive space.

Back­ing up like this doesn’t just elim­i­nate the has­sle of deal­ing with discs or hard drives, it also en­ables you to ac­cess your pho­tos from any­where with an in­ter­net con­nec­tion. The abil­ity to share shots is another bonus, while web­sites like Flickr let you ex­hibit your im­ages to the world, with scope for other users to leave feed­back. Of course, if you’d rather keep your pho­tos pri­vate, most cloud stor­age providers make it easy to set re­stric­tions to make im­ages ac­ces­si­ble only to your pass­word­pro­tected ac­count, or to any­one with a pri­vate web link.

We’ve com­pared six of the best cloud stor­age web­sites; three aimed at pho­tog­ra­phers and three suited to gen­eral stor­age.

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