OK. This is a cry for help.
I am in a predicament that is surely not uncommon. Over the years I have amassed a veritable mountain of family photos, 1080p videos and other stuff. The media was originally created on several mobile phones, various types of camcorders etc.
I know I am running a risk just having these stored on a desktop PC, backed up to an external hard drive in the same room.
Furthermore, a lot of more recent mobile phone things sit exclusively in Google Photos. I used to think Google Photos was the best thing ever - free unlimited storage, what could be better. But then I started to see references to Google Photos not really being intended to act as a back up service as such, and photos stored there not being as safe as I had otherwise imagined.
In short, it is time to get organised and back up these items to an offsite cloud service that is secure, whilst also being accessible.
As Neo would say, "choice; the problem is choice".
Some services such as Dropbox, seem to have a high price tag and (allegedly) poor accessibility. Other, such as Google One or OneDrive, seem to safe except insofar as they can read and share your data with other "associated" entities.
My wife, displaying her usual facility for not suffering fools gladly, tells me that cloud storage is a "racket", and has told stories of friends who were effectively locked into a service and suffered its price hikes because the service provider made it so difficult to extract or transfer their media elsewhere.
Hence my request for comments and thoughts from the venerable Cake community. I would like to choose a cloud service provider for the long term and not have to change horses in the future.
Important points: (1) safety - media must be secure, (2) security, high level of encryption (3) flexible management of cloud based files, including ability to share (4) easy to upload and download files, either individually or in batch (5) reasonable cost
Any perspectives gratefully received.