Dropbox – Another Way to Safeguard Your Files

What Is Dropbox?

Dropbox is this really cool, super easy, online, free service that allows you to store your photos, files, documents, and videos on the web where you can access them from any computer in the world.  Perfect for a girl like me who wants to live in the cloud!

My wonderful, darling daughter introduced me to dropbox.  She started a new job a few weeks ago and the company she works for uses dropbox to send files to each other.  It’s fast, and it’s secure.  Plus, no more broken links and forgotten attachments.   When you need to send a file to someone, you literally drag it into the dropbox folder on your desktop, it syncs to the web, and, voilá, your done!  You just need to make sure you’ve designated the folder you put the file into as a shared folder, that you’re sharing with the person you’re sending the file too, of course, and that’s really all there is to it.

Access Files, Folders, Pics, Whatever From ANYWHERE in the WORLD

What I like about it is that I can create client folders and when I’m traveling all I have to do is drag the file to the appropriate folder and I’m sure the file will be there when I need it. I can access it from ANY computer that can reach the internet.  I can even check on the files and set up folders and lots of other stuff right from my phone if I need to.  And, it’s available on the iphone, ipad, Android, and Blackberry.

Additionally, I’ve been having horrible computer problems this year (I need a new Mac.  I am sad.  Love my Mac!), and I’m a little afraid my hard drive is going to go into some sort of spasmodic jig and I’m going to loose a ton of data.   But, now I drag the files to dropbox and it syncs them and I don’t have to worry about loosing anything.  Dropbox is also FAST.  Well, in reality it’s going to be as fast or as slow as your network is.  But, when I synced my files, it was like magic it was so fast.

How Secure Is Dropbox?

Dropbox encrypts all files with AES-256 (Advanced Encryption Standard) and is the encryption standard used by the United States Government and Military.  So, I’m thinking it’s probably pretty secure.

The Bottom Line: How Much Does It Cost?

Well, to try it out is free!  You get up to 2 GB’s of data storage for free.  After that, they have tiered pricing that starts at $50 and goes up to as much as $240 per year.  For my money, I wish they had a plans that started at $10 and $20, too, but the prices are actually pretty reasonable when you compare other online data storage sites that probably won’t give you all the sheer functionality you get with Dropbox.  You can view their pricing plans here.

Lastly, here’s a video on how it all works.  Enjoy!

 

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