How to Obtain Online Storage

The online storage providers allow a certain amount of space for free and may offer extra space for an additional charge.

The actual process of obtaining online storage space is extremely simple. Upon a visit to the provider’s login page, you are presented with the choice of either logging in or if you have not done so before, registering for an account.

This is a series of simple questions – name, address, password, email address etc, which are required for identification purposes. More often than not, a confirmation email will be sent to the address you provide, which you must use to validate your account – so no typing in any false addresses now!

After validation, the account is yours to do with as you wish. Whilst the providers don’t expect 24 hours a day use, they will require you to log in and use your account regularly. If you leave it dormant for a long period, you might find it has been deleted, so beware!

Increasingly, online storage providers are promoting “desktop” or “mapping” software, which is available via a download (usually of around 1Mb) from their website. Once the program is installed and you connect to the Internet, it will provide drag’n’drop capability for transferring files between your pc and the online drive.
Ultimately, if you value the security of your files more than instant retrieval (for example, a full backup of all your most important data as opposed to your working folder) then online storage is for you, excellent for backing up tons of files.

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