There are many file hosting services available online. These services are aimed at individuals and offer an online storage for back up files, file access, file distribution and a place to store photos. Just a few of these services include: box.net, flickr, snapfish, Telstra Bigpond, and MediaFire.
There are a few advantages and disadvantages to using online storage for files and photos.
- Saving disc space on your hard drive
- No need for storage devices such as flash drives, external hard drives etc
- Your files are globally accessible
- Your files are secure from theft, if your computer is stolen
- The site that hosts your files may close down without notice and you lose your files
- Security of your files - because your files are online, they are at risk of hackers
As a teacher, I would find online file and photo storage a useful tool in the classroom. These kinds of services would make sharing lesson and unit plans an easy task. Instead of having to physically carry around either paper copies or disc drives, colleagues could share their files online.
Wikipedia (2009) File Hosting Service. Accessed on 1 August 2009 from the World Wide Web: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_file_storage