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We take data protection very seriously! Over the years we have added a number of security and encryption features to various parts of AWS. We protect data at rest with Server Side Encryption for Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier, multiple tiers of encryption for Amazon Redshift, and Transparent Data Encryption for Oracle and SQL Server databases via Amazon RDS. We protect data in motion with extensive support for SSL/TLS in CloudFront, Amazon RDS, and Elastic Load Balancing.

Today we are giving you yet another option, with support for encryption of EBS data volumes and the associated snapshots. You can now encrypt data stored on an EBS volume at rest and in motion by setting a single option. When you create an encrypted EBS volume and attach it to a supported instance type, data on the volume, disk I/O, and snapshots created from the volume are all encrypted. The encryption occurs on the servers that host the EC2 instances, providing encryption of data as it moves between EC2 instances and EBS storage.

Enabling EncryptionYou can enable EBS encryption when you create a new volume:

You can see the encryption state of each of your volumes from the console:

Important DetailsAdding encryption to a provisioned IOPS (PIOPS) volume will not affect the provisioned performance. Encryption has a minimal effect on I/O latency.

The snapshots that you take of an encrypted EBS volume are also encrypted and can be moved between AWS Regions as needed. You cannot share encrypted snapshots with other AWS accounts and you cannot make them public.

As I mentioned earlier, your data is encrypted before it leaves the EC2 instance. In order to be able to do this efficiently and with low latency, the EBS encryption feature is only available on EC2s M3, C3, R3, CR1, G2, and I2 instances. You cannot attach an encrypted EBS volume to other instance types.

Also, you cannot enable encryption for an existing EBS volume. Instead, you must create a new, encrypted volume and copy the data from the old one to the new one using the file manipulation tool of your choice. Rsync (Linux) and Robocopy (Windows) are two good options, but there are many others.

Each newly created volume gets a unique 256-bit AES key; volumes created from encrypted snapshots share the key. You do not need to manage the encryption keys because they are protected by our own key management infrastructure, which implements strong logical and physical security controls to prevent unauthorized access. Your data and associated keys are encrypted using the industry-standard AES-256 algorithm.

Encrypt NowEBS encryption is available now in all eight of the commercial AWS Regions and you can start using it today! There is no charge for encryption and it does not affect the published EBS Service Level Agreement (SLA) for availability.

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SAN FRANCISCO Pete Roberts of Nottingham, England, was one of the many risk-takers who threw their savings into cryptocurrencies when prices were going through the roof last winter.

Now, eight months later, the $23,000 he invested in several digital tokens is worth about $4,000, and he is clearheaded about what happened.

I got too caught up in the fear of missing out and trying to make a quick buck, he said last week. The losses have pretty much left me financially ruined.

Mr. Roberts, 28, has a lot of company. After the latest round of big price drops, many cryptocurrencies have given back all of the enormous gains they experienced last winter. The value of all outstanding digital tokens has fallen by about $600 billion, or 75 percent, since the peak in January, according to data from the website coinmarketcap.com.

The virtual currency markets have been through booms and busts before and recovered to boom again. But this bust could have a more lasting impact on the technologys adoption because of the sheer number of ordinary people who invested in digital tokens over the last year, and who are likely to associate cryptocurrencies with financial ruin for a very long time.

What the average Joe hears is how friends lost fortunes, said Alex Kruger, a former banker who has been trading in the cryptocurrency markets for some time. Irrational exuberance leads to financial overhang and slows progress.

It is hard to know how many cryptocurrency investors are now in the red, with holdings worth less than the money they put in. Many who have lost money in recent months had gotten into the markets before the big run-up last year, and their holdings are still worth more than their initial investments.

But by many metrics, more people put money into virtual currencies last fall and winter than in all of the preceding nine or so years. Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency brokerage in the United States, doubled its number of customers between October and March. The start-up Square began allowing the users of its mobile app, Square Cash, to buy Bitcoin last November.

Almost all of the new customers on Coinbase and Square would be in the red if they bought cryptocurrencies at almost any point over the last nine months and held on to them.

The damage is likely to be particularly bad in places like South Korea and Japan, where there was minimal cryptocurrency activity before last year, and where ordinary investors with little expertise jumped in with abandon.

In South Korea, the biggest exchanges opened storefronts to make investment easier for people who didnt feel comfortable doing it online. The offices of one big exchange, Coinone, had just one customer walk in during a two-hour period in the middle of the day last week. An employee, Yu Ji-Hoon, said, The prices of the digital tokens have fallen so much that people seem to feel upset.

Kim Hyon-jeong, a 45-year-old teacher and mother of one who lives on the outskirts of Seoul, said she put about 100 million won, or $90,000, into cryptocurrencies last fall. She drew on savings, an insurance policy and a $25,000 loan. Her investments are now down about 90 percent.

I thought that cryptocurrencies would be the one and only breakthrough for ordinary hardworking people like us, she said. I thought my family and I could escape hardship and live more comfortably, but it turned out to be the other way around.

In the United States, Charles Herman, a 29-year-old small-business owner in Charleston, S.C., became obsessed with virtual currencies in September. He said he now felt that he had wasted 10 months of his life trying to play the markets.

While he is essentially back to the $4,000 he put in, he has soured on the revolutionary promises that virtual currency fanatics made for the technology last year and has resumed investing his money in real estate.

I guess I thought we were sticking it to the man when I got on board, Mr. Herman said. But I think the man had already caught on, and had an exit strategy.

Much of the anger that investors feel is toward the smaller virtual currencies, or alt coins, that entrepreneurs sold in so-called initial coin offerings. These coins were supposed to serve as payment mechanisms for new software the entrepreneurs were building.

But almost none of these companies have delivered the software they promised, leaving the tokens useless, except as speculative assets. Several coins have been exposed as outright scams.

I think Id like to see most alts go to zero before I feel like the whole space isnt overpriced, Mr. Herman said.

Bitcoin has generally held on better with investors. It is down about 70 percent from all-time highs, rather than the 90-percent losses that lesser-known digital tokens have suffered. But it, too, has struggled to win much use beyond speculative investments.

We also saw that Bitcoin isnt ready for mass adoption and day-to-day use, Mr. Herman said.

Despite this pessimism, the social networks where cryptocurrency fanatics gather to trade information are full of people talking about their intention to hold on to their coins, in the hope that they will recover once the technology has time to catch up with the hype.

Tony Yoo, 26, a financial analyst in Los Angeles, invested more than $100,000 of his savings last fall. At their lowest point, his holdings dropped almost 70 percent in value.

But Mr. Yoo is still a big believer in the idea that these tokens can provide a new way to transact online, without the big corporate middlemen we rely on today. Many of the groups that raised money last year are still working on the products they promised, with lots of serious engineers drawn to the projects.

Theres just so much more behind this new wave of technology and innovation that Im sure will take over our society in due time, Mr. Yoo said.

With prices down so much, he said he was actually looking to put more money into the markets.

That thinking has been encouraged by the people who invested in Bitcoin in 2013, when it first topped $1,000. That bull market was followed by a crash in which the price of Bitcoin dropped more than 80 percent. But after a long fallow period, the price recovered. Even with recent losses, the value of one Bitcoin was hovering around $6,300 on Monday up more than 500 percent from the peak of 2013.

Five years ago, I was broke, unemployed, and ashamed to use my real name, Ryan Selkis, a popular virtual currency personality, wrote on Twitter last week. For the new fanatics, stick around for your own 14 month, 85% downdraft and youll not regret it.

Twitter is also filled with complaints, like the one from a user named @Notsofrugaljoey, who wrote: Its really hard to stomach losing all my hard earned money. Just broke down and cried.

On Reddit, a user in the United Arab Emirates posted a picture of the $100,000 loan that he had taken out in December to buy cryptocurrencies and that he will now be paying back out of his salary for the next three years.

Mr. Roberts, the British investor who has seen most of his $23,000 vanish, is holding on to his coins in case they turn around. But for now he has stopped trading and is looking for another job.

Im living off the little savings I have left still in my bank account, Mr. Roberts said. Ive made a mistake, and now Im going to have to unfortunately pay the cost for the next few years.

Follow Nathaniel Popper and Su-Hyun Lee on Twitter: @nathanielpopper and @esuhyuni.

Nathaniel Popper reported from San Francisco, and Su-Hyun Lee reported from Seoul, South Korea.

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10 Best Cloud Server Hosting Providers (2018): Top Cloud …

Few things are better than the confidence you feel when slipping on a perfectly tailored outfit. A knowledgeable seamstress can take wholly adequate dresses, shirts, or pants and make them feel custom-made, just for you.

Cloud servers are the hosting equivalent of discovering a new tailor. The best provide top-notch, reliable service at an affordable rate, delivering a product that excels for your specific needs.

While shared, VPS, and dedicated server hosting packages rely on one physical server at a time, cloud hosting technology enables an unlimited number of servers to act as one unified system. With so much storage space and computing power at your disposal, cloud hosting introduces a greater level of scalability, availability, and performance. The added flexibility of adding or removing memory, storage, or processors, means that many hosting providers bill customers monthly for exactly the resources used.

The scalability, security, and affordability of cloud hosting makes the platform an increasingly popular option.

Weve reviewed the internets best cloud hosting providers and share our results below. Whether you prioritize your budget, operating system, performance, or support, were confident that we can recommend the best fit.

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The rapidly expanding cloud hosting industry is expected to grow nearly 20% this year to almost $250 billion in worldwide revenue, fueled largely by the proliferation of data in Internet-of-Things devices, artificial intelligence, and Software-as-a-Service business applications. Nearly 40% of small and medium businesses utilize some form of cloud hosting, which provides operational agility in the forms of improved collaboration, the ability to work remotely, better control of documents, and a reduced carbon footprint.

Given the massive demand for cloud storage and computing, hosting providers are clamoring to offer the best services for the best prices. Competition is fierce, which bodes well for those shopping around for the best solution. The top providers, including our four most recommended options below, shine at offering seven key attributes: reliability, availability, scalability, security, quality, strong service-level agreements, and responsive support.

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Cloud hosting sometimes gets confused with a virtual private server, or VPS. Both configurations rely on the virtualization of physical server resources. Although a cloud server can be called a VPS, a VPS is not a cloud server. One of the key differences, aside from the infrastructure configurations, is the payment model the automation and vast network associated with cloud hosting enables providers to offer cheaper, pay-as-you-go solutions that can be scaled up or down at a moments notice.

Some of the best VPS hosts, like the one below, power their plans with cloud networks to take advantage of server clusters boasting high levels of redundancy and availability. The optimized architecture streamlines operations for the hosting provider, who in turn can choose to pass the savings onto customers. Take a look at our recommendation for affordable cloud-powered VPS:

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Because cloud hosting relies on a multitude of virtualized servers, the service allows for more flexibility when selecting the operating system or other software to install and configure. Pervasive Unix-based operating systems, including the CentOS, Debian, and Fedora Linux distributions, are twice as popular as servers configured with Windows. With so many options to choose from, heres our top pick for hosting Linux in the cloud:

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Microsofts popularity in the desktop operating system space hasnt quite equated to server installations, but the subset of users are no less passionate. The Windows operating system enables site owners the flexibility of hosting ASP.NET or PHP websites, in addition to deploying either MySQL or Microsoft SQL databases.

Because Windows licenses are more expensive than frequently open-source Linux distributions, Windows cloud hosting can be more expensive. Nevertheless, hosts like the one below offer premium services tailored to the strengths of the operating system:

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It only takes three letters to pique our interest in a particular hosting plan. SSD, which stands for solid-state drive, gives servers a performance and reliability boost that cant be ignored. Yes, the upgraded option typically comes with a slightly higher price tag, but up to 20-times faster page loads make SSDs seem more than worthwhile. By including SSDs in their cloud network, hosting providers are showing a dedication to customer success and service that matters. Take a look at our top pick for SSD cloud hosting:

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Setting up your systems on a new cloud hosting plan isnt for faint-hearted beginners. Many choose to avoid the virtualization complexities by opting for managed hosting services, which often include assistance for software installations and updates, security tools, and performance optimizations. Hosting specialists perform both the complicated and the mundane tasks required to maintain healthy infrastructure and application stacks.

A premium host across the board, Liquid Web particularly excels with premium managed services and support. The companys platform features built-in redundancy that is primed to automatically scale to handle spikes in traffic. Add in Liquid Webs expert management of firewalls, storage capacities, databases, and DNS settings, and we have zero qualms about recommending the companys superior managed hosting plans:

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Powering 28% of the internet, WordPress provides the backend interface for more than 60 million bloggers, entrepreneurs, developers, and enterprise businesses. Given the platforms wide applications, cloud hosting is a perfect fit for highly trafficked, in-demand websites and online stores. InMotion Hosting, our favorite option for all things WordPress, understandably outperforms competitors in terms of optimized infrastructure, superior management, and ultimate usability:

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Now that youve seen our reviews of the top cloud hosting configurations and services, its time to find that one tailor who understands and appreciates how your clothes need to fit.

Massive networks of virtualized servers will ensure your website has plenty of resources.

Look for companies that offer a range of scalable services and the support teams that will tell you how great you look. To sew things up (hey oh), our favorite cloud hosting providers help your sites look and function at their best.

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Best Encryption Software 2018 – Encrypt Files on Windows PCs

How much does encryption software cost?

Most encryption software costs about $40 and can be used on multiple devices. If it only comes with one user license, look to see if it includes self-extracting files. This allows you to send encrypted files to another user or to yourself through email and open it on another device that doesnt have the same program installed on it. Usually this is done by providing the receiver with a password that unlocks and decrypts the file.

Key Features of Encryption Software

Version CompatibilityIf your computer runs an older version of Windows, such as Vista or XP, make sure the encryption program supports your operating system. On the flip side, you need to make sure you choose software that has changed with the times and supports the latest versions of Windows, including 8 and 10.

While all the programs we tested are compatible with every version of Windows, we feel thatSensiGuardis a good choice for older computers because it only has the most essential tools and wont bog down your old PC. Plus, it is easy to move to a new computer if you choose to upgrade. However, it takes a while to encrypt and decrypt files.

If you have a Mac computer, you need a program that is designed specifically for that operating system none of the programs we tested are compatible with both Windows and Mac machines. We believe Concealer is the best option for Macs, but Espionage 3 is also a good choice.

Mac encryption software doesnt have as many extra security features as Windows programs. They typically lack virtual keyboards, self-extracting file creators and password recovery tools. Mac programs also take a lot more time to secure files compared to Windows software.

SecurityEncryption software uses different types of ciphers to scramble your data, and each has its own benefits. Advanced Encryption Standard, or 256-bit key AES, is used by the U.S. government, including the National Security Agency (NSA), and is one of the strongest ciphers available. It scrambles each bit of information. Blowfish and its newer version, Twofish, are encryption algorithms that use block ciphers they scramble blocks of text or several bits of information at once rather than one bit at a time.

The main differences between these algorithms are performance and speed, and the average user wont notice the difference. Blowfish and Twofish cant encrypt large files, so if you need to secure gigabytes of data, use AES encryption. Blowfish and Twofish algorithms are considered practically unbreakable, though given enough time and computing power, both could theoretically be broken.

AES has long been recognized as the superior algorithm and is required for financial institutions, schools, government agencies and healthcare facilities that deal with sensitive personal information. Because of this we preferred programs that use it and ensured these were included in our final choice of the best encryption software.

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Best (and Worst) Internet Security Software of 2018 for Windows

What to Look for in Internet Security

Security and Privacy ToolsInternet security programs should include a personal firewall, instant messaging protection and a secure browser. Designated social media monitoring is also a good tool to have. These tools give you added protection against hackers and identity thieves that use social media sites to post malicious links and phishing schemes.

Parental controls are also good to have. These limit the time your child is online and block them from seeing inappropriate content. They are also good for blocking cyberbullies and predators from reaching your children.

The best internet security software comes with multiple licenses, or a single license that can be used to protect multiple computers, or even mobile devices, at once. Sometimes the only difference between a top-rated security program and the best premium security suite is the number of licenses you get.

We spoke with Mitch Stephens, a security consultant with Emagined Security. He suggests that keeping your system and program patches up to date is a good way to stay secure from online threats. One way to do this is to choose a security program that includes a vulnerability scan. Programs, such as ESET and Avast, use vulnerability detection scans to make sure the most recent software versions are installed on your computer, and if not, they provide you with a legitimate link to where you can download the latest updates. Without these patches, hackers and ransomware can take advantage of these weak points and use them to attack your computer.

How mush does internet security software cost?Internet security software costs about $80 for a year subscription and should include a minimum of three user licenses.Internet security programs are a step up from basic antivirus that cost less but typically dont include advanced safety tools, like a firewall, safe banking features or password managers.Premium-grade software typically goes one step further to include all the security related tools a developer has to offer. For example, Trend Micro Internet Securitydoesnt include a password manager, but Trend Micro Maximum Security, does.Becausepremium securitysolutions have more tools than internet security software and include additional user licenses, it typically costs $20 more than internet security programs.

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Cloud Storage | Team Knowhow

If your phone, tablet or laptop is lost, stolen or damaged, its not just the hardware you stand to lose its your most important files, photos and memories. But with Cloud Storage, youre protected.

Our range of storage options offers protection for up to 4TB of files working out at 2m documents, 800,000 photos or 1,600 HD videos. But whichever option you choose, your most important files will be safely backed up and stored in our data centres, protected from loss, theft or damage to your kit.

Using Cloud Storage couldnt be simpler: just download the app for your iOS, Android, Windows, Mac or Amazon Fire device, and your files will be automatically backed up. No stress, no hassle, just straightforward protection for the things that matter most.

Once youre backed up, its easy to stay connected with your friends and family by sharing your photos and videos in a matter of seconds and your data is encrypted to keep your files safe from prying eyes.

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Cryptocurrency Rankings | CryptoSlate

Cryptocurrency Rankings | CryptoSlate Biggest Gainers 24h Min. $50k Volume

GLOBAL MARKET CAP $191.88B

24H VOLUME $15.38B

COINBASE INDEX 2401.84

BTC DOMINANCE 54.15%

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TOTAL TOKENS 1,006

TOTAL PoW COINS 564

TOTAL PoS COINS 379

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USD-backed stablecoin you can exchange and trust

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The Best Cloud Storage Services for Backup in 2018

Cloud storage services are great for sharing files with friends and families, keeping documents in sync between all of your devices, and so much more. Free cloud storage is even better!

Yes, there really areno-strings-attached, free cloud storage services out there. Many of them, actually.While nearly all have premium offerings that provide more space, the free cloud storage offered is usually more than enough for most people.

Better yet, many of these free cloud storage providers give you even more free space for referring friends or performing other tasks.

Having trouble deciding on which free cloud storage service is right for you? Here’s a comparison chart of the top 5 services to help you decide.

Note: Cloud storage is different than automatic cloud backup. The services listed below are great for keeping your files kept online for storage, sharing, and playback, but they will not keep your computer files backed up online on a schedule.

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Get 50 GB of free cloud storage with MEGA. MEGA offers secure end-to-end encryption to help combat a breach in privacy.

You can view and update your MEGA files through a browser, the desktop sync client, or the mobile app.

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10 GB of free online storageis offered by pCloud, with friend referrals and other bonus stepsjumping it to a possible 20 GB.

A desktop client can be installed for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. There’s also a mobile app that’s very intuitive and easy to use.

pCloudsupports adding files from a remote URL in addition to single file and whole folder uploads through a browser. The mobile apps can upload photos and videos directly to your pCloud account.

Both files and folders can both be shared with non-users. Shared folders can even be downloaded as a ZIP archive.

Also, pCloud allows upload links to be generated for folders so anyone can send files to your account. A unique email address is also generated which lets you (or anyone)email files directly to a folder on your pCloud account.

In addition to the above, you can backup the photos from your social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, and Picasa.

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Instantly get 10 GB of free online file hosting with MediaFire. Increase it to 50 GB or more with things like friend referrals and application downloads.

There are sharing options for files and folders and easy uploads of either single files or whole entire folders through the MediaFire website.

Mobile users can download an app to view and share files on the go or upload photos and videos.

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Dropbox users start off with 2 GB of free space with several simple ways of earning more, up to around 18 GB.

You can view and upload all your Dropbox files from a desktop or mobile app and share whole folders with anyone, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.

If you have Microsoft Office files stored in your Dropbox account, you can edit them from inside your browser for free using Microsoft Office Online.

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10 GB of free online storage space is offered by Box (formerly Box.net).

There’s a mobile application for nearly all devices that lets you upload/download/share your content. The desktop sync client also makes it super simple to upload files to Box.

Box users can share whole folders of data or pick single files to share with a public link.

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New FlipDrive users get 10 GB of initial storage with an opportunity for more for each friend they can refer to start using FlipDrive.

There is a mobile appfor iOS, Android, Windows & Windows Phonethat can be used for uploading files to FlipDrive, but the website works, too. If you use the web version, you can upload whole folders using the website, which is nice.

You can share files with anyone, even if they don’t have a FlipDrive account. However, accessing sharedfolders requires a registered FlipDrive account.Recipients can be given write, edit, delete, and share permissions in addition to read rights for folders.

You can create up to 10 shared links and upload files that are as large as 25 MB.

The FlipDrive website isn’t the easiest to use when compared to most other cloud storage services, which is a bummer, but it still manages to function if you can work through it.

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Google Drive is the cloud storage service offered by Google. Each new user gets 15 GB of free space.

The total storageis actuallyshared with other Google services, like Gmail and Google+ Photos. If you don’t use the other services, you canutilize almost all the space for Google Drive alone.

A sync client can be installed for desktop users, which supports folder and file uploads. There’s also a mobile app that can sendphotos and videos to Google Drive.

Folders and files can be shared with specific Google users via their email address or anyone with a public link. You can also make a file view-only, which prevents someone from downloading it.

Google Drive makes it really simple to collaborate with others by allowing comments and letting files be opened and accessed my more than one person at a time.

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Formerly called SkyDrive, OneDrive is an online storage service from Microsoft. Everyone gets 5GB of free space when they sign up.

Extra hosting can be awarded if you follow certain instructions, like friend referrals and mobile photo syncing.

A desktop program can be installed to easily transfer folders and files of any type to OneDrive, making them accessible from a mobile device. The mobile app for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone can also upload filesboth images and videos.

OneDrive supports sharing both folders and files with non-registered users. A permission can be set to only allow viewing or to allow full editing.

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Get 5 GB of free online storage space with HiDrive. If you refer friends to join, you can increase your storage up to 10 GB.

If you’re aWindows or Mac user, youcan connect to your account over WebDAV, which makes it really simple to drag and drop new files to your account.

An app is available foriOSandAndroidusers, which supports mobile photo and video uploads.

When sharing files, you’re required to set the URL to expire after a certain number of days and also set a maximum number of allowed downloads before the link becomes invalid.

You can also share folders, and recipients, even non-users, can download all the files at once in an archive.

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Yandex is a Russian company known mainly for its popularYandex Searchand Yandex Email services, but they also have others, like 10 GB of free cloud storage for anyone who creates an account.

There are plenty of useful features with Yandex.Disk, such as public and privatefolder and file sharing, the ability to import photos via social networks,bulk downloads, automatic mobile uploads, and support for drag and drop.

Windows, Mac, and Linux users can install a desktop program to upload files to Yandex.Disk, and a mobile app is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. There’s even a Yandex.Disk app for LG smart TVs.

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5 GB can of free cloud storage can be had when you sign up for Sync.

Like some of the other services listed on this page, Sync can upload multiple files at once through both the website interface as well as the mobile (iOS and Android) and desktop apps.

You can build shared folders that other users can interact with as well as share any folder or file withanyone, regardless if they’re a Sync user.

Vaultis a folder in Sync that you can put files into so that they aren’t synced across your other devices. This is useful if you just want to archive some files online but don’t need them elsewhere.

See Sync’sfeatures page for a list of its features and some comparisons between the free and pro versions.

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Over 200 file typescan be uploaded to Jumpshare, with a total of 2 GB offree storage for every user. If you refer friends to join Jumpshare, you can get up to 18 GB forfree!

A downloadable program is available for Windows and Mac users that allowsreallysimple drag and drop and hotkey file sharing capabilities. There’s also an iOS app here.

The upload limit per file is 250 MB. The desktop program also lets you take screenshots and record your screen for 30 seconds.

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myDrive is another online storage service but it offers much less space than the majority of the others in this list.There is no limit to how large uploads can be, but you can only store up to 100 MB on myDrive, which makes the maximum file size 100 MB as well.

Adesktop appis available for Windows, Linux, andMac computers, and an Android and iOS app for mobile devices. Plus, you can connect to your account through WebDAV.

myDrive is very limited compared to similar websites, such as the fact that file sharing is allowed only if you give out a “guest” username and password, and you only get one.

Though I do like thatyou can download multiple files in an archive andrestore deleted files up to a month after removing them from your account.

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360 Security Cloud is aChinese service that offers a huge 360 GB of storage when you first sign up. If you download the desktop client, you instantly get upgraded toover 10 TB of storage!

Files and folders can be added to your account through either the website or the desktop program that’savailable for Windows and Mac.

You can share both files and folders with anyone through a public link, which doesn’t require them to have a 360 Security Cloud account.

Android and iOS mobile apps can be installed to access 360 Security Cloud, share files and folders, and upload photos and videos.

There’s a “daily draw” link available from the website that, when clicked, gives you extra storage space. The amount changes every day and you can only enter once per day.

Note:The 360 Security Cloud mobile app, website, and desktop programis only available in Chinese. Though it can be nearly impossible to understand what you’re doing through the applications (given you don’t read Chinese), uploading and sharing your files is a bit easier if you use anEnglish translationof the 360 Security Cloud website.

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Amazon.com has an online storage service called Amazon Drive, which offers Amazon Primemembers unlimited photo storage plus 5 GB of space for videos and files.

Users can share files tocreatea public link accessible by anyone who uses it, even if they don’t have an Amazon account. Folder sharing isn’t supported.

Files can be uploaded using the desktop client software or the web version, though only the former allows folder uploads. A mobile appisalso available for uploading videos and photos from Android and iOS devices.

Sign up for Amazon Drive

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Another website that gives out quite a bit of online space is Tencent Cloud at Weiyun.com. However, while there is 10 GB of free storage up for grabs, the website and app are not in English, making it pretty difficult to use them.

With that being said, if you’re out of options and need these 10 gigabytes, the upload and download buttons are easy enough to understand since they’re just pictures.

You can check how much space you have available from this page, and you can download the program for Tencent Cloudhere.

To get logged in to Tencent Cloud, you can download the WeChat app on your phone (it’s in English) and use theDiscover > Scanoption to scan the QR code on Weiyun.com, which will get you in and let you use the cloud storage features. Use the QR code from the right tab, not the left one.

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Degoo gives out a huge 100 GB of free storage to anyone who makes an account. You can use the cloud storage account on your computer through the desktop program, or access your files on the go with the mobile app for iOS and Android.

If you have lots of friends who want to use Degoo to store their files, you can even get 500 GBmoreby referring them to make an account. You get 3 GB for each person that joins through your referral. You can also watch ads to get more free online space (1.2 GB per day).

I’ve placed Degoo at the very bottom of this list despite its huge 100 GB capacity because it functions a bit more like a backup service rather than a cloud storage program.

You can definitely pick which files are backed up but backups are performed automatically every 24 hours to keep things updated, which makes it work more like a free backup service.

Because Degoo is a bit different than these other cloud storage services, you should use it like this: pick a folder on your computer that will hold all of your backed up files, or make new one. Put everything into that folder that you want to keep online, and then make sure Degoo is running to back up the files online.

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Bitcoin price falls after SEC postpones key ETF decision

Bitcoin fell sharply on Wednesday after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) delayed a decision on a proposed bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), which would have been the first financial product of its kind.

Cryptocurrency markets fell as a result. Bitcoin was down around 6 percent from 24 hours ago at 4:12 p.m. New York time, trading at just over $6,300, according to data from CoinDesk.

Investment firm VanEck teamed up with Solid X, a financial service company, earlier this year in a bid to launch an ETF that is backed by actual bitcoins rather than futures. An ETF is a financial product that tracks the price of an asset and is listed on an exchange. It means that investors don’t actually have to buy the underlying asset.

ETF’s are seen as a way for institutional investors to get into cryptocurrency investing in a safer way than buying bitcoin on a crypto-asset exchange.

This is VanEck’s third attempt to push a bitcoin ETF through, having been rejected by the SEC twice previously. On this occasion, the SEC said that it is pushing out its decision until September 30.

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Bitcoin Dips Below $7,000, Hitting Lowest In 2 Weeks

Bitcoin prices declined to less than$7,000, hitting a two-week low. Shutterstock

Bitcoin prices fell below the $7,000 level today,reaching their lowest since mid-July.

The digital currency’s pricedeclined to as little as$6,933.09, according to theCoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (BPI).

At this point, it wasdown roughly 6.5% for the day, additional BPI figures show.

[Ed note: Investing in cryptocoins or tokens is highly speculative and the market is largely unregulated. Anyone considering it should be prepared to lose their entire investment.]

Bitcoin’s Recent Recovery

Since reaching a 2018 low of$5785.43 in June, Bitcoin prices have bounced back, rising to as much as $8,479.33 July 25.

Right around that time, several analystsclaimed that the digital currency’s price had hit a local low, signaling a reversal in their trend.

“Bitcoin has indeed bottomed out,” stated Marouane Garcon, managing director ofcrypto-to-crypto derivatives platformAmulet.

Charles Thorngren,CEO ofNoble Alternative Investments, agreed with this statement, adding that an “attractive uptrend” was “in the works.”

However, not everyone had shared that point of view, with some market observers contending that it was too early to call a bottom.

“I’m concerned that the bounce off the lows wasnt sharp enough, so not willing to stand behind a call that its a bottom yet,” statedVinny Lingham, co-founder & CEO ofCivic.com.

Bitcoin’s recent pullback could easily worsen this uncertainty, motivating some traders to sit back and wait while the markets get their bearings.

Disclosure: I own some Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ether.

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