There are a lot of reasons to use cloud storage, whether it be to share some files with a friend or make your business easier. Despite the fact that file sharing sites are notorious for being abused as a source for piracy, still they are commonly used for legitimate purposes. There are also a lot of reasons NOT to use cloud storage, but I’m not going to get into that here on this post.
Here is our review of the top 15 file sharing sites for 2015. Unfortunately, number 15 and number 16 have dropped off the list since they have been taken down by the government or went out of business. Still, there are many options available. We listed them below in our order of preference.
6,500,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,936 Quantcast Rank | 670 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
Data privacy is the big incentive with Mega because Kim Dot Com has been fighting the anti-piracy mafia for some time. The site is easy to use, data speeds are relatively fast, it is not overloaded with ads, and offers 50GB of free space for the free plan.
The catch is that you only get 10GB of bandwidth, which means that even if you uploaded 50GB you couldn’t download it again on the free plan except over 5 months. Although the $10/month for 500GB is reasonable although a bit on the pricey side, the other catch is that in the $10 plan you only get 1TB of bandwidth, which means it’s not very viable for sharing large amounts of data unless you upgrade to the more expensive plans, and there are no unlimited downloads even with the most expensive plan.
We recommend Mega as a good uploading site, especially because of their hard work toward data privacy. However, for a few files it’s pretty good, but because of bandwidth limitations, for many files you might want to keep looking.
35,000,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 314 Quantcast Rank | 110 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
Although this is one of the most well-known file sharing sites, it’s mostly because they spend millions on marketing and advertising.
We believe that DropBox is way overrated and offers an inferior service than can be found elsewhere.
16,000,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 550 Quantcast Rank | NA Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
However, there are similar concerns as with Google regarding your data privacy. There is no telling who your files will be shared with. Because of this, The TechReader does not recommend Skydrive or OneDrive.
6,250,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,337 Quantcast Rank | 370 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
It seems the site is funded by obtrusive, tricky ads on the download page. This means that your downloaders might be tricked to click on the wrong download link that might take them to a virus, adware, or unwanted advertising page.
The design is antiquated and flash-heavy which means it won’t work well on mobile devices. Overall it’s a viable service for temporary file sharing but not practical as your sole place for file uploading.
6,000,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,943 Quantcast Rank | 292 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
It is $11/month for 100GB, $49/month for 500GB, or a whopping $86/month for 1TB. Far too much money in my humble opinion, especially since you can buy a 1TB hard drive at the store for only $50 nowadays. Why pay almost double every month for a cloud storage? In our opinion at The TechReader we recommend uploaded.net update their upload pricing to more modern pricing.
6,750,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,028 Quantcast Rank | 877 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
21,000,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 239 Quantcast Rank | 169 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
22,500,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | NA Quantcast Rank | 171 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
4,500,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 4,297 Quantcast Rank | 2,938 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
4,000,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,551 Quantcast Rank | 1,474 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
Storage however is unlimited on the pro versions, but being that you can’t download it again kind of defeats the purpose.
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18,500,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,000 Quantcast Rank | NA Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
Due to concerns about data privacy, this service is NOT recommended by The TechReader.
4,750,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,913 Quantcast Rank | 1,927 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
The only significant benefit of their premium “gold” plan is that there is no time limit between downloads if you are paid. However, for their storage upgrade, there is a confusing external link to what I suppose is one of their other ventures, “gavitex”, where you get 25GB of free storage and the option to upgrade to 1TB for $10/month.
However, their legitimacy is dubious, as it gives you a sick feeling as if you are about to be scammed. We would not recommend this service.
9,500,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,536 Quantcast Rank | 987 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
In the typical Apple way, iCloud offers far less in every way than others offer, while charging way more and demanding extensive requirements. Not only that but DOUBLE the cost that others are offering for an upgrade, at $20/month for a 1TB upgrade. Absurd. What a total and complete rip off. If you are in another country then it is even more expensive.
Due to absurd, ridiculous pricing, extremely small amount of storage, slow speeds, lack of compatibility and isolation to Apple services and devices, and extensive restrictions and waving of your rights as a consumer just to use the service, then for all these reasons and more we at The TechReader definitely do not recommend iCloud and ranked this last on the list. It only makes the list at all because it is a well-known brand.
15OUT OF BUSINESS RapidShare.com
3,250,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 7,217 Quantcast Rank | 2,084 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
Finally, Rapidshare is closing business for good, and their website can no longer be used for file sharing. Now it just shows a notice saying they are shutting down this month, in March of 2015.
16OUT OF BUSINESS FileCrop.com
3,000,000 Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 14,239 Quantcast Rank | 5,823 Alexa Rank | January 1, 2016.
There is a copycat site that popped up called FileCrop2 which merely is a search engine to search through files on mega.co.nz, but FileCrop2 is probably not in any way affiliated with the original FileCrop.