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Thanks to the internet, it is quite easy to store and share your photos, videos and documents today. However, due to the fact that there are hackers out there, you have to be extra careful to prevent hackers from stealing and illegally sharing your photos regardless of whether they are sensitive photos or not. This article will share tips for storing and sharing photos, videos and documents online.

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Set up automatic synching

You should set up automatic synching. This gives you the ability to sync all or some of your data between your computers and the cloud, giving you mobile access to all of your files on your smartphone. If you share your files for collaboration, it will automatically update the documents and synch automatically on your drive.

Sharing is caring

Sharing and collaborating are the strengths of a service like OneDrive or Google Docs. If you live in a Windows world, OneDrive will be very familiar to you, as it allows for easy sharing and collaboration of the most popular Microsoft programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It will track each change by the person’s name so you can see who did what and when. Sharing photos in OneDrive is a breeze and sharing a link that anyone can access without signing into a Microsoft or OneDrive account is a great feature and simple to do. You can share a file or photo in just two clicks: Just right click on the file you want to share in OneDrive and select “Share” and a menu will pop up to allow you to select “Email” to send the link and share that file or photo with one person or many!

Mobile Matters

With millions of people taking zillions of pictures on their phones, cloud services are making moves to satisfy the demands of mobile. In some cases, the kind of phone you use will influence your mobile cloud options. If you own a Windows Phone, for instance, your images can be automatically synced to your Microsoft SkyDrive. And your Android phone (powered by Google’s Android operating system) will easily help you sync to a Google Drive. Have an iPhone? You can funnel your images straight to Apple’s iCloud. On the flip side, SkyDrive won’t let you use an Android phone. DropBox nixes Windows Phone, and Google Drive doesn’t allow iOS devices or Windows Phone yet. Amazon Cloud Drive and Apple iCloud, though, couldn’t care less what mobile device you’re using. No matter which phone you use, you have access to a range of photo-sharing apps. And although its mobile app gets plenty of criticism, Facebook’s ubiquity and many options make it a solid option. You can even tag images quickly, no matter where you are.

Email that huge photo or video file

Some business emails limit the size of file attachments to 5 megabytes. Even Google has a limit of about 25 MB per email. What do you do when your file is too large? You can use OneDrive to use the power of your cloud storage to quickly share any photo or other files via email by creating a link. When someone clicks on that link, it automatically downloads the file to their device.

Freebies can be frustrating

Most cloud services offer free storage to a point, which is often right around 5GB. Once you hit your data cap, though, the attraction of a freebie quickly loses its lustre in the face of frustrating limitations. For example, Internet photo stalwart Flickr does indeed offer free storage. However, you’re capped at 300MB of data per month. Depending on the size of the files that your camera creates, that could be fewer than 100 images. Furthermore, Flickr lets you display a maximum of 200 pictures for public viewing. This is just one instance of a company that stunts its free offerings in the hopes that you’ll ante up for a paid service.

By Damilola Faustino

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