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A global ransomware attack, WannaCry or WannaCrypt, has affected over 150 countries during May, 2017. Infected by it, the users will not be able to access their own data and files, unless a ransom (bitcoin this time) is paid to the hacker.

If your system already get infected by WannaCry, there are no known way to recover files encrypted by this ransomware attack, but you do have a way to prevent the loss in case: store your data in the Cloud.

Why Cloud Storage Services?

According to statistic offered by Symantec, from May 11 to May 15, a dramatic upsurge in the number of affected devices appeared. While organizations are particularly at risk because of its ability to spread across networks, individuals can also be affected.

Why Cloud Storage Services?

Heatmap showing Symantec detections for WannaCry, May 11 to May 15

For an individual, if you don’t have any backup files but only store your data in the computer, it will be a disaster if this device is hacked. Cloud storage services could help sync your data from local devices to the Cloud, then you will be able to have access to all of the data from wherever you are. You can also download them from the Cloud to many other devices, just like backup in those different devices.

With Cloud syncing, you no longer need to be sitting in front of your PC to see your files. You can have access to them from your smartphone on the train, from your tablet on your couch, and from the laptop in your hotel room or kitchen. What’s more, when the next WannaCry comes, you don’t have to cry.

Which Cloud Storage Service?

There are many Cloud storage services on the market nowadays, but most are paid services, or have free account that usually comes with some limitations, such as the amount of storage they provide.

Here we list some good Cloud storage services that are reputable and well known to our users. Of course, there may be many more services that didn’t make the cut for this article, however. If you have any good service to share, please feel free to comment under this post.


Dropbox OneDrive Google Drive Apple iCloud Drive SugarSync


Free Storage




5GB None


Online Editing

Windows App

iOS App

Android App

Web App

Wait… Did I put Maxthon into this list by mistake? No! Maxthon is well known as a web browser, but the new generation of Maxthon browser, Maxthon5, is aiming to be not only a web browser, but also your personal assistant in this age of information. With more and more requirements on data storage, we have brought out Maxthon Cloud storage plan officially: for all users using Maxthon browser V5.0.4.500 beta and later, you will get 5GB Cloud storage for all Maxthon Cloud service. This 5GB is totally Free across all these five platforms: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS and the Web.

It means that Maxthon will offer not only browsing service, but also Cloud storage service to all users, for free!

What Next?

At this point, the WannaCry ransomware threat has subsided. If your devices are lucky enough to survive this earthquake, please backup your files using Cloud storage now. The only cure for ransomware is having your data in more than one device.

Now you can sign up here for your first Maxthon account, or click here to download the latest Maxthon5 browser with Cloud storage services.


Happy browsing!