The 5 Best Dropbox Alternatives for Small Teams
Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage services on the market. It’s relatively easy to set up, can sync across all of your devices, and offers multiple plans to help you to store, share, and securely access all your files.
However, it does have its drawbacks. For one, its free plan only offers 2GB of cloud storage, which is not enough for most solo users let alone a small team. It also lacks end-to-end encryption. This means that Dropbox does not encrypt your files when you are uploading them to their cloud, which is a major security risk.
If you feel like Dropbox isn’t making the grade and you’re on the hunt for a cloud storage alternative that’s suitable for your organization, I’ve rounded up five Dropbox alternatives for small teams that could surely do the job.
If you’ve read some of my previous blog posts, then you know I’m a big fan of the G Suite (Google Workspace) range of products, and Google Drive is no exception. It’s easy to set up, and even easier to use and the free version of Google Drive gives you access to 15 GB of cloud storage.
However, you should keep in mind that the 15 GB storage is shared between various Google services including Gmail and Photos. Paid plans start at $10 USD/month per user and offer unlimited storage. You also get a professional Google-powered email along with access to all the analytical tools provided by Google. That’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.
pCloud isn’t a household name like Google Drive, but it’s still one of the better cloud storage providers out there. Its paid subscription plans are very flexible and give users the option to choose not only storage sizes but also different features according to their needs.
It also offers better security options than Dropbox. For $3.99 USD/year, pCloud Crypto will encrypt all your data. In fact, they are so confident in their security offerings that they’re offering $100,000 to anyone who can breach it. No wonder top industry leaders such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Snapchat, LinkedIn, and Uber are pCloud customers.
Microsoft’s OneDrive is a pretty close competitor of Dropbox and Google Drive. It has similar functionality, boasts lightning-fast sync speeds, and offers cross-platform app support. That means you can create, edit, and share your documents on any device, as long as you’re logged into OneDrive.
Just like Google Drive, it has a free version that gives you access to 15 GB of storage. It also has very flexible pricing so you can choose the plan that suits your needs. One of the biggest advantages of using OneDrive? When you opt to become a paid member, you get access to the whole Office suite at no additional cost. However, the downside of OneDrive is that it does not share files as easily as some of the other cloud storage options.
Like pCloud, SpiderOak One also focuses heavily on security features. It offers end-to-end encryption and zero-knowledge encryption, which means providers know anything about the data you store on their servers. SpiderOak also gives users more granular control over the settings and preferences.
However, this makes the app a little less user-friendly that some of the other ones on this list. It’s also more of an enterprise solution, which makes it a bit pricier than other options. Lastly, the sync time is a little bit slower as compared to other apps on this list. But if security and a strong backup system are high on your list of priorities, this app is still a worthy contender. SpiderOak provides 2 GB of space for free, with 100 GB plans starting at $10/month.
What sets Box apart from the other cloud storage services on this list is its focus on business, rather than individuals. It does this by providing one of the best collaborative tools in the market. It also offers integration with a wide selection of third-party apps. For instance, Box has built-in Microsoft Office suite support, so you can edit your documents online without downloading them.
It also means that your team can collaborate on documents in real time. Plus, its chat support gives you the ability to chat with your teammates from right within the document you are working on. Box.com offers 10 GB of free storage space. With its easy sync feature, you can access any stored file on your tablet or phone. But you can only share files up to 250 MB.
Your business files are the gears that keep your organization moving. In order for your business to run smoothly, you need easy and organized access to all of your files, whenever and wherever you are. That’s where cloud storage comes in. Even though Dropbox is one of the OG cloud services for a reason, there are many effective alternatives out there that might be an even better fit for your team.