David in Madison, Mississippi listens on SuperTalk Mississippi and asked: “Because I work in multiple locations across Mississippi, I want to be able to access all of my documents, pictures and other information instead of keeping it all on my hard drive at home. What would be the best website or cloud service to transfer all of my data and files so that I can access them regularly from wherever I am and from whatever tools or computer I am using?”
David, that will depend on what the documents you want to access are.
For example, if you live in Google’s ecosystem, then it’s hard to beat Google Drive, since their documents don’t count against your storage allowance. Google Drive also works across many kinds of devices, though it’s fairly clunky on mobile devices.
If you want to keep your own files, for example, some PDF manuals Dropbox or Box are pretty effortless. They’ll sync with a folder so you don’t have to bother with uploads but you know your documents are automatically synced (Google Drive does this too, but it leans heavily on Google’s office suite).
Apple devices all read and sync to iCloud automatically as if it was just another folder on your mobile or home devices, so that would be a good option if you stick with Apple’s ecosystem.
The real answer is that you probably want a mix. For example, something like Dropbox for your files, but the mobile version of QuickBooks for invoicing. Since you normally always do the same things in the same apps a mix like that usually feels pretty natural.
In the real world you’d open a photo gallery and your pictures would be there and you’d open, for example, Microsoft Office and your files would be there, they just happen to live in different clouds but all of your devices access them.
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