With the rise in tablets, mobile devices and other portable devices - it is ideal to have all your documents in one place across all of them.
That's where "The Cloud" comes into it. Having all of your documents on the cloud is great because you're putting your files into the hands of other companies that will typically have hundreds of servers all storing a copy of your data. That means, if you ever run into trouble you'll always have your data safe meaning a hard drive failure can't wipe you back to day #1.
But with so many to choose from, how do you pick the one that's best for you?
Google provides free storage of 5GB and allows premium space of 100GB (for $59.88 a year). It's supported on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android and is ideal if you're a big Google user, as you can store documents directly from your Google Mail into your Google Drive. You can use the application on your PC/laptop to sync all your folders which you can view online, on your mobile device or tablet.
Dropbox provides a free account of 2GB storage but often hold events and referral schemes to get you an additional 5 - 15GB of free storage. It's supported on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and even BlackBerry. You can sync any type of file without any maximum filesize restrictions. Dropbox gives you an easy drop-and-drag application that allows you to sort your files into folders, easily create folders, move files and start syncing everything across.
iCloud is mostly used by iOS users that were told to create an iCloud account to sync their data across their devices. You're give 5GB free and upgrading to 50GB will cost you $100 a year. It's supported on Mac, iOS and Windows and typically doesn't have much more use beyond iOS functionality, backing up your devices, storing documents (if you've paid for the Apple apps).
SkyDrive gives users a free storage of 7GB and costs $50 a year to upgrade to 100GB. It's supported on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. It is great for Windows and Microsoft Office integration. SkyDrive also nicely sits on top of Windows 8 to sync your documents (if you enable it)
Mega is a recently new addition to the cloud storage market is Mega founded by Kim Dotcom (who originally ran Megaupload). Free accounts start with a considerably higher 50GB of free storage with upgrades to 500GB for just $99 a year (if you need even more, they provide 2TB and 4TB storage plans). The file manager is simple to use and Mega prides itself on sophisticated encryption to ensure your data is safe - although, this does cause some problems if you've lost your password as you're unable to change it because your password is part of the encryption key to all your files.
Copy is another new cloud storage provider that gives you 15GB of free storage when you sign up, along with additional 5GB for every referral and 2GB for verifying your account. It has a nifty application and is supported on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. Copy also allows you to use it as a mediator in emailing large attachments as it has no file restrictions on what you can send across. Users can upgrade to 250GB storage for just $99 a year or 500GB for $149 a year.
In this article I covered the most predominent cloud storage providers however a vast number of companies offer hosting services at a small monthly price such as Just Cloud, Zip Cloud and Sugar Sync. Whilst they're great services, I strongly recommend using a well-known provider such as Google or Dropbox as you're pretty much guaranteed to never come into any problems.