The role of pictures in our everyday lives has changed beyond recognition over the last 20 years. Many of you may be too young to remember the days when cameras had a physical photographic film in them and taking photos was usually just reserved for holidays and special occasions. You would then send the film off to be developed and photographs printed off and then, if you were lucky, you would have the results back in a week.
Today we can now take a photograph with our phone and immediately see the results and the quality of the image will be mesmerizing. Sony have just released a smartphone with a 42.4-megapixel A7R III mirrorless camera which highlights today’s smartphone capabilities, especially when you consider most first-generation mobile phone cameras had a 1.0 megapixel camera and 2.5 megapixels was considered a boundary-breaker.
Within ten seconds we can publish that picture to the whole world on social media, but it is not all good news. As with every advancement with modern technology, improvements can also create problems, and with digital images, that problem is storage or photo backup.
With such high-resolution images, these can quickly consume all the memory you have on your phone or tablet, so where do you store all these new images? Picture hosting, photo cloud, platforms like Gmail Photos and Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. all provide a solution, but once again another problem arises. Privacy and security.
With most platforms where you can post and store photos, there is the option to share those images, but it isn’t always that easy to be selective. Get it wrong and your most private (and intimate) of photos can be broadcast anywhere and everywhere, or you may have just shared them all with everyone on your contacts list by accident!
What are we talking about here? That pesky little ‘sync’ button that you don’t really know what it does, like the type you see on Dropbox. However, as it’s there, it’s probably best to use it. No? Wrong move! Syncing your devices can be a disaster, as when you choose to delete a file on your device, you will automatically delete that file which is stored in the cloud – basically undoing the very reason you are using cloud storage in the first place. Syncing is a two-way street, but something you only ever discover by accident. Surely the point of having safe cloud storage is so that images can’t be accidentally deleted, and you have a safe and permanent record until such time as you know you no longer need those photos.
Sometimes less is more and there is a distinct shortage of free photo hosting platforms that provide no-nonsense 100% secure and 100% private photo backup facilities that only the account owner and nobody else can access. Hence the reason for Myra Cloud.
Ever come across something that you know does exactly what you want, but is overcomplicated by ten other things you neither want, nor need? All too often today free photo hosting platforms think the best way to attract you is to offer extras and gimmicks. However, in trying to pander to the masses, the whole essence of an online platform gets buried and while aiming to become ‘user friendly’, instead it becomes very ‘user unfriendly’.
We couldn’t make it easier (or cheaper) for you – all you need to do is sign up and you’re good to go. No credit card details, no personal information, so what are you waiting for?
A totally free photo backup service with 100 GB free space. Enough for about 10,000 photos in Full HD
No! With Myra Cloud you always maintain the original resolution that the photo was shot in. We automatically make smaller versions as well so you can more easily and quickly browse your photos.
The expensive part is the infrastructure to handle global scale and that is already done. Space is in itself not very expensive and we hope of course some people upgrade to Premium or order the occasional photo book.
For starters, the you get 50 times more free space in Myra Cloud than in Dropbox and if you need more, that’s cheaper too. Also, if you don’t want the whole world to see your private family pictures, then Dropbox might not be a good choice, as it’s scattered with “Share” buttons that no one is really sure how exactly works.
Facebook will decrease your photo quality to a level where it is unusable for print. Myra Cloud will not decrease your photo quality at all and you will maintain the original quality that the photo was shot in!
Good question. Google has a good offering with Google Photos, but if you are interested in storing full resolution photos at low cost, then Myra Cloud is the clear winner. You get 5 times more free space and when you run out, Myra Cloud is still about 3 times cheaper.
Another reason you might prefer Myra Cloud is that Google Photos is just so feature heavy that it is very slow and seems no longer to be about your photos. Myra Cloud is focused on giving a FAST browsing experience, even on low end laptops.
Not today, but very soon. Videos are not the main focus of Myra Cloud, but we will definitely support uploading videos, playing them back and downloading them again.