Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

Behind every cloud…

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Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The world, undoubtedly, is moving online. A vast amount of people spend more time socialising on Facebook than they do in real life, we get our news online, check sports results and event times online, book holidays and save copies of our documents and treasured photos in online storage.

The latter in particular is quite handy – save a photo in cloud storage and you can access it from anywhere in the world, presuming you’ve got an internet connection. But, for the most part, providers only allow you so much storage space for free, or provide access for a certain amount of time before looking for payment.

For its part, Google gives a default 15GB of Google Drive storage, but for a limited time you can bump this up by an additional 2GB. As part of its Safer Internet Day on February 10, Google offered the extra storage space in return for completion of a Google account security check-up. Don’t worry – you can still avail of this until February 17, with your free space arriving by the end of the month.

If you’re looking for more free space, there are some alternatives. Signing up with Microsoft’s OneDrive will get you 15GB of free storage, with an extra 3GB available if you link the service to your camera roll, allowing your phone’s photos to be backed up online. There’s also a referral offer of 500MB for each one of your friends that signs up. Or, if you’ve got Office 365, that will also come with access to 1TB of OneDrive storage, the equivalent of about 250 two-hour long films.

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