Hello Dropbox; Goodbye Lost Flash Drives and Inaccessible Emails

Dropbox is my new best friend. OK, so I’m fickle. But Dropbox can save you time and money, so now Dropbox can be your new best friend, too. You can get 2GB of online storage free from Dropbox, or for a small monthly fee you can have 100GB free.  As you can see from the screenshot above, there’s a video to show you how easy it is to use Dropbox, so I won’t even share the steps.

Recruit your friends to save their files (also for free) on Dropbox, and you get even more free storage space–250 MB per friend up to a limit of 8GB. Click on this link for a referral: https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTkzOTMxOTk5

Say goodbye to all that downloading your files to flash drives and then leaving them at school or home. Or emailing files to school and not being able to open them due to firewalls. Plus Dropbox automatically syncs whenever new files or changes to your files are detected.  Any size or types of files are allowed, and Dropbox will work with Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.

Suppose your network connection drops? Dropbox transfers will resume correctly wherever they left off once your connection is restored. You can also share your files with your friends when you need to collaborate on a project and see their changes instantly. Dropbox automatically backs your files up and allows you to undelete your files for 30 days; unlimited undo is a paid option.

Don’t want to share your files? They are stored securely over an encrypted SSL channel so they are always safe and password secure. Even Dropbox employees cannot view your files, no matter how much they beg and plead! Only the people with whom you share a link can view them.

You can even have mobile device access for your iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android so you can access your Dropbox on the go.  And sync your downloaded files or take photos and save them to your Dropbox.

Here’s the list of official Dropbox features:

File Sync

Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically.

  • 2GB of online storage for free, with up to 100GB available to paying customers.
  • Sync files of any size or type.
  • Sync Windows, Mac and Linux computers.
  • Automatically syncs when new files or changes are detected.
  • Work on files in your Dropbox even if you’re offline. Your changes sync once your computer has an Internet connection again.
  • Dropbox transfers will correctly resume where they left off if the connection drops.
  • Efficient sync – only the pieces of a file that changed (not the whole file) are synced. This saves you time.
  • Doesn’t hog your Internet connection. You can manually set bandwidth limits.

File Sharing

Sharing files is simple and can be done with only a few clicks.

  • Shared folders allow several people to collaborate on a set of files.
  • You can see other people’s changes instantly.
  • A “Public” folder that lets you link directly to files in your Dropbox.
  • Control who is able to access shared folders (including ability to kick people out and remove the shared files from their computers).
  • Automatically create shareable online photo galleries from folders of photos in your Dropbox.

Online Backup

Dropbox backs up your files online without you having to think about it.

  • Automatic backup of your files.
  • Undelete files and folders.
  • Restore previous versions of your files.
  • 30 days of undo history, with unlimited undo available as a paid option.

Web Access

A copy of your files are stored on Dropbox’s secure servers. This lets you access them from any computer or mobile device.

  • Manipulate files as you would on your desktop – add, edit, delete, rename etc.
  • Search your entire Dropbox for files.
  • A “Recent Events” feed that shows you a summary of activity in your Dropbox.
  • Create shared folders and invite people to them.
  • Recover previous versions of any file or undelete deleted files.
  • View photo galleries created automatically from photos in your Dropbox.

Security & Privacy

Dropbox takes the security and privacy of your files very seriously.

  • Shared folders are viewable only by people you invite.
  • All transmission of file data and metadata occurs over an encrypted channel (SSL).
  • All files stored on Dropbox servers are encrypted (AES-256) and are inaccessible without your account password.
  • Dropbox website and client software have been hardened against attacks from hackers.
  • Dropbox employees are not able to view any user’s files.
  • Online access to your files requires your username and password.
  • Public files are only viewable by people who have a link to the file(s). Public folders are not browsable or searchable.

Mobile Device Access

The free Dropbox application for iPhone, iPad, and Android lets you:

  • Access your Dropbox on the go.
  • View files from within the application.
  • Download files for offline viewing.
  • Take photos and videos and sync them to your Dropbox.
  • Share links to files in your Dropbox.
  • Export your files to other applications.
  • Sync downloaded files so they’re up-to-date.
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