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Are You Sure You want to use Google Drive? – Google Drive vs Dropbox vs SkyDrive vs iCloud.

Cloud has been the hottest topic recently. Like many cloud storage services Google launched its own cloud service named Google Drive. So lets have a look at what the different cloud services offer to their user.

Google Drive

Company: Google

Initial Free Storage Space: 10GB

Supported OS : Windows, Mac, Android.

Dropbox

Company: Dropbox

Initial Free Storage Space: 2GB

Supported OS : Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, BlackBerry

SkyDrive

Company: Microsoft

Initial Free Storage Space: 2GB (25GB free upgrade for old users)

Supported OS: Windows 7, Mac, Android, iOS.

iCloud

Company: Apple Inc.

Initial Free Storage Space: 5 GB

Supported OS: iOS, Windows 7,Mac.

Well  while selecting a service which will store your essential files you need to be careful. Generally people tend to select the cloud service that offers the largest storage, I personally look for maximum compatibility with different OS/devices. But in a cloud service the most important thing to look is the security and privacy. Well security wise I think Google will do a great job protecting my account from unauthorized action, but when it comes to privacy I have big problem whit Google Drives latest Privacy Policy, and I am sure a lot of people will have the same problem if they come to know it. But usually we just click “I accept”

Here is the terms and conditions, the Privacy Policy. (Please read at least the bold words)

Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.

When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones.

So in a lay man’s term Google pretty much owns everything what you upload to the Google Drive, wish I could upload my worries.