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Amazon CloudBerry

This is one of the first consumer storage services created by a pioneer of "cloud" services. CloudBerry Online Backup is a tested backup and restore program to be used with Amazon S3. http://aws.amazon.com/customerapps/2384

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Dropbox

Dropbox is a free application for Windows, Mac, Linux and Mobile file-sharing that costs $10 per month for 50GB basic service. It has a lot of devotees. https://www.dropbox.com

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Box

Box is now mostly aimed at enterprises, but serves consumers, also. It's integrated with Google Apps and Salesforce.com. It includes a free app for mobile devices and offers data encryption using 256-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). http://box.com

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Mozy

Mozy is run by VMware and EMC. Another early entrant in this field, it has hundreds of thousands of customers -- both enterprise and consumer. The basic service is $10 per month for 125GB, or $6 per month for 50GB.http://mozy.com/

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Carbonite

Carbonite aggressively pursues consumer and business storage customers by advertising more than all the other services on this list. Its basic plan is $10 per month for 50GB.http://www.carbonite.com/en/

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EVault

The service is offered by pioneer storage hard-drive manufacturer Seagate, which also offers an excellent data recovery service. https://www.evault.com/

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SugarSync

This service allows customers to access, synchronize and share all their files on any device with a plan that starts at $10 per month for 50GB. https://www.sugarsync.com/

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Symantec: Norton Online Backup

This service from the well-known and respected IT security company offers enterprise-scale features for enterprises or consumers. http://www.symanteccloud.com/

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LiveDrive

This U.K.-based service offers by far the most storage capacity for free: 200GB. The paid service starts at $8 per month for 2TB. It's also a full-service provider offering file-sharing, backup and recovery. It's definitely full service. http://www.livedrive.com/

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Windows Live SkyDrive

Microsoft's name and reputation are important for this storage service, and it comes with many options. Customers access it through their Microsoft Live accounts. http://skydrive.com

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Symform

This is the most creative of these storage services because users share multiple storage locations. The data storage isn't concentrated in just one or two data centers. Symform says this keeps costs down. http://www.symform.com/

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ZipCloud

ZipCloud offers unlimited cloud storage with encryption. It allows users to synchronize data across multiple computers. http://www.zipcloud.com/

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JustCloud

This is another service that offers unlimited and encrypted cloud storage. Users can synchronize data across multiple computers. It has received high ratings from users. http://www.justcloud.com/

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UbuntuOne

This is one of the few open-source storage clouds in the field. It supports data synchronization and offers 5GB of free storage. It also touts its music-streaming service. https://one.ubuntu.com/

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MyPCBackup

This company offers unlimited cloud storage, and encrypted users can synchronize multiple computers for just $5 a month. http://www.mypcbackup.com/

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