What Do You Find Challenging About Using Cloud Storage?

Cloud storage has been revolutionary for computer and mobile users. We don’t have the storage concerns we once did … or do we? Everyone isn’t using cloud storage. While it seems it should be the answer to all our problems, it’s not. We asked our writers what they find challenging about using cloud storage.

For the most part, the biggest complaint on the part of the writers is the lack of storage space on free cloud storage accounts. Shujaa in particular uses Google Drive, and you only get 15 GB for everything, including mail, Drive, and documents. If you want more space, you have to pay for a monthly service, and many try to find a way to avoid that. Judy notes that she understands the services can’t give everyone a free 1TB limit yet finds the current limits ridiculous. I pay for an upgrade on iCloud, but it’s only $1 a month for 50GB. I can handle that.

Christopher also notes the problem of syncing cloud data to a new device. While it’s a pain, he notes it’s “obviously better than working with hardcopy backups,” yet if you have a poor Internet connection, the cloud is even more of a hassle. Shujaa notes that it’s also a problem to download your entire cloud account to a device.

Damien finds it difficult to work with (different storage services (or the same service, but a different account).” He says that it makes “organization a headache” for him.

Derrick uses both Drive and Dropbox, but for him, the problem is with bandwidth. He needs storage space for some particularly large files. So instead he has “built a server at my house, and that handles my bandwidth needs.” He only uses Drive for some files and uses Dropbox to hotlink shell scripts.

Mahesh has a different problem altogether. He believes that some of the cloud storage services seem to “often blacklist the safe files we all use on our computers,” such as “Android rooting tools that contain exploits which these services think are not safe to be hosted.

Those are the challenges our writers find with cloud storage services, with a very heavy emphasis on them not offering enough space on free accounts. What about you?? What do you find challenging about using cloud storage? Let us know below in the comments section below.

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