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You need to start protecting your Mac’s files with backups. Those photos of your friends and family, that 2500 word business reports you’ve been working on for some weeks now. If something happens to your Mac and you don’t have a backup, they’re gone and they’re not coming back.

The best safeguarding method to take into consideration is to have multiple copies of your important files in different places. Time Machine on Mac is a great first line of security, but the best way to keep your files safe is to keep your files on an off-site backup.

For example, if your computer is stolen, your house burns down or a natural disaster wrecks your neighborhood; you can feel safe in the facts that your important files can be recovered from elsewhere. Today we’ll focus on how safeguard your files on off-site file level backups.

What is File Syncing?

File syncing is simply the process of backing up your files. The services are less about particularly backing up your files and more regarding making your files available on all of your devices. On the other hand, the end product is a copy on any computer you have the service installed on, and a copy in the cloud. So they’ll protect your files if something happens to your Mac and you can easily retrieve your lost files there.

Most File Syncing services have ways of accessing your pictures and videos. For example, Dropbox has a photos section, Google Drive has Google Photos and iCloud Drive works well with the Photos app with iCloud Photo Library.

Some File Syncing service like Dropbox will keep files you’ve deleted for a period of time, so you’ll have an opportunity to recover your accidentally deleted files. Some also store multiple versions of your file in the cloud, so you can return back to an older version even if you’ve accidentally saved over it. The major benefit of this approach is that you don’t need to think about it once you’ve set it up and anything saved in the folder is automatically backed up.

So below are list of File Syncing Service you should try out for safeguarding your Mac files


Dropbox is one the most popular file syncing service. Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. Any files you upload into your Dropbox folder will automatically be copied to any other computers with Dropbox installed and, once uploaded, can be accessed by mobile devices through the Dropbox app or any computer in the world by logging in to the Dropbox website.

Its free step provides 2 GB of storage which should contentedly store all of your documents, though it’ll run out pretty quickly if you want to use it to store photos or videos. If that’s enough to get you addicted, there’s Dropbox Pro, which runs at $9.99/month for 1 TB of storage.

Google Drive

Google Drive started off as part of Google Docs, its online Office equivalent, however since there is high use of Google since it has been launch and now equivalent to Dropbox. Google Drive puts a folder on your computer, with anything in the folder being uploaded to Google’s servers as well as being copied to any other computer signed in to your Google Drive when you install the Google drive app.

Google Drive works with Gmail and Google Photos, so you can store files, save email attachments and back-up photos directly to Drive. You can also purchase a larger cloud storage plan as you need it.

Google Drive gives you 15 GB for free, with the space shared with Google Photos and your Gmail account. You can get 100 GB for $1.99/month, 1 TB for $9.99/month, all the way up to 30 TB for an eye-watering $299.99/month.

Microsoft OneDrive

Despite the fact that it’s intended mostly for Windows users, Microsoft also makes OneDrive available for Mac users, and again providing you a folder which is kept in sync with the cloud. You can easily get to your files and photos from anywhere, on any device. Share and work together with anyone in your work and life. It gives you 5 GB for free and 50 GB for $1.99/month.

OneDrive makes a lot more sense if you use Microsoft Office on a regular basis, where you can get an Office 365 subscription which gives you access to the latest version of Microsoft Office and 1TB of storage for $6.99/month. It gets even better if you share it with your family, where up to five users can use office and get 1TB of storage each for a total of $9.99/month.

iCloud Drive

Apple created its own venture into the file syncing arena with iCloud Drive during the release Mac OS Yosmite. Whereas iCloud have being available since and it keeps files hidden from general view and only allowed access via the applications that created them. 

With the use of iCloud Drive, you can safely store all your presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and any other kind of document in iCloud. Documents you store in iCloud Drive will be kept up to date across all of your devices, and you can access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.

iCloud Drive, in contrast, is an easily accessible folder that acts just like Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.

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