Dropbox – More than just free on-line storage

Posted on by Robert Collar

Dropbox is a jewel of program that everyone should know about and everyone should have installed. Whether you are working on a PC, a Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry or Android, Dropbox synchronises the contents of your selected files and folders to every device on which you have it installed and enables you to view or download from them all.

In addition to synchronising with all your devices, you can access your Dropbox account online too from any Internet browser and download or upload files, which will again synchronise with all your other devices. Perfect for when you are ready to go into a meeting and realise you have forgotten a vital presentation, or you’re simply at a friend’s and want to show them your latest photos. And best of all it’s free !!

Dropbox is so much more than just online storage for your files though. A few of its many features and benefits are listed below:

In the event of a hard drive crash, your files can be easily recovered, as any files stored locally in your Dropbox folder will be automatically synchronised with every device you have chosen to share with your Dropbox account, including other PC’s, your iPad, Blackberry and Linux machines. Even files that you were working on a few minutes before the event can be retrieved in seconds as they will still be in your account “in the cloud”.

Changes to files are tracked and multiple copies kept, so in the event that you save a bad version of a file over the top of a good one, or deleted a file in error, you can always go back to a previous version, potentially saving many hours of work.

Perfect for developers working on projects and family members alike.

With the proliferation of free Wi-Fi hotspots at places such as Starbucks, McDonalds, Wetherspoons and Costa to name but a few, you are never far away from an Internet connection and therefore being able to view or retrieve your files to your iPad, Android, iPhone or laptop.

Work on a file at the same or different times, from different locations, using a variety of different machines and devices and always keep the file synchronised and up to date. This eliminates the headache that many users experience of a file being edited on different machines and having to remember to synchronise the changes to the file in all the other locations.

Make publicly accessible folders for non-sensitive files such as PDF’s and shared photos, then email a link to multiple recipients, allowing them access to your public files and photo galleries from any web browser.

Dropbox is such a useful program that we at TAB Computers believe everyone should know about it, so that they have the opportunity to decide whether it would be of help to them at work or at home.

For home and light users there is a fully featured free version with a very generous 2GB of storage space, enough for around 100,000 standard text documents, 4000 (500kb) spread sheets, 500 average sized mp3’s or over 2000 (1MB) photos.

A massive 50GB of storage space only costs $9.99 per month (around £6.30 at time of writing) and 100GB costs $19.99 per month (around £12.50). For commercial enterprises requiring 1TB of storage space and centralized admin there is Dropbox for Teams

The data uploaded to Dropbox is very secure, using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), AES-256 bit encryption, and is stored across multiple US servers using Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3)

We at TAB Computers believe that Dropbox is such a good program everyone should know about it. If you would like help in setting it up whether it’s the free or the paid for version, we would be very happy to talk you through the mechanics and the process over the phone, or if you would like us to contact you, then simply fill in the contact form and a member of the TAB Computers support team will call you back.

Useful links:

Download Dropbox – https://www.dropbox.com/

About Amazon Simple Storage Service – http://aws.amazon.com/s3/

Amazon S3 security – http://aws.amazon.com/articles/1697?_encoding=UTF8&jiveRedirect=1

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