Get 25GB of free cloud storage from Box
Cloud storage rocks. It's like an external hard drive that
lives online, a place where you can back up important data, easily
share files with others, and access documents and media on the
Lots and lots of services offer cloud storage. For example,
you've probably heard of Dropbox, which offers new users free
2-gigabyte (GB) accounts. SugarSync raises the stakes to 5GB, while
Microsoft SkyDrive gives you a generous 7GB.
Not generous enough? Try this: For a limited time, Box
is offering 25GB of free cloud storage
when you sign up for an
account. Free for life. Free with no strings attached. Just plain
I know, right? Typically a freebie Box account nets you only
5GB, so this is definitely an offer worth grabbing. And fast: It's
called the Gigs for Gameday Challenge, which to me suggests
something Super Bowl-related--meaning it could expire at any
Box is as comprehensive as cloud-storage services come. It
lets you upload or sync files from your PC, share files with
others, and tap your data via apps for pretty much every mobile
device known to man.
What's more, the service is among the Web's largest, and it's
been around for years. It's always better to go with an established
company, especially where your data is concerned. Too many startups
have offered generous freebie accounts, then disappeared like so
many, well, clouds.
Arguably the only catch here is the maximum file size of 250
megabytes. That's fine for most kinds of data, but if you're
looking to upload, say, lengthy videos, you might run into
Even with that limitation, I think this is a no-brainer. Grab
your free chunk of cloud while you can!Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.