Keeping electronic backups of your precious travel documents, like these types of documents, is extremely important. With stolen passports fetching up to $10,000 on the black market, they’re a hot commodity and worth keeping safe. Having backups of your important documents is extremely important but you don’t always want to be lugging around piles of paper with you. Cloud storage services can be extremely handy for storing your documents and you can access them anywhere in the world! Here are the top 3 secure cloud storage services that you should check out right away.
#1 – Google Drive
You may already have this if you’re an avid Google user or have an account with Google. I don’t care for the web-interface version but the app version is super easy to use (and you can use the app on your computer). Google is extremely generous with its storage space – you get 15GB absolutely free! It’s not as secure as the next two options, but it does give you a helluva good amount of storage for free.
#2 – SpiderOakONE
SpiderOakONE’s focus is on the security of your data. It’s so important to them that they actually have a “Zero Knowledge” philosophy – SpiderOakONE employees have absolutely zero access to your data, since the data is encrypted on your device before it gets to SpiderOakONE and only you possess the encryption key. If that hasn’t convinced you, you might be interested in knowing that Edward Snowden is a fan. He explained to The Guardian that “Spideroak has structured their system in such a way you can store all of your information on them with the same sort of features that Dropbox does, but they literally had have no access to the content. So while they can be compelled to turn it over, the law enforcement agencies still have to go to a judge and get a warrant to actually get your encryption key from you.” Read the full article from The Guardian here.
It’s free to try with 2GB of online storage, but only for 60 days, and after that you’ll have to decide if you want to pay for their service.
#3 – CertainSafe Digital Safety Deposit Box
CertainSafe is another provider that puts all its heft into the security and privacy aspect of your data. It’s more user friendly than SpiderOakONE but there’s no app version available. But security is definitely their game….they have the same “Zero Knowledge” philosophy that SpiderOakONE has but they have a two part encryption key: one half belongs to you and the other belongs to them. Without your half of the encryption key, the company can’t decode your data. PLUS – they do this fancy thing called MicroEncryption that basically means they split up your date into a bunch of bite-sized pieces and store them on different hard drives and servers. So, even if a hacker does somehow breach their system, they’ll only get an M&M sized piece of your data and not the entire file.
The downside? They’re not free. You get a free trial but after that you need to decide if you want to pay for their service.
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