If you have not heard of Dropbox, Here’s the start of it; Dropbox is basically one stop storage on the cloud (internet) that enables you to perform various tasks. File synchronization, allows users to create a special folder on each of their computer devices (Tablet, Smartphone, PC, etc…). At this point, Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which computer devices is used to view it.
The name says it all, by accessing your data (photos or files), drop them to a folder on the cloud you have the option of accessing through www.dropbox.com then log in, or from the computer after you install the Dropbox client, as the screen shot shown below are just a few task you can perform by uploading, creating folder, share a folder and delete them.
To get going and start using Dropbox, user will need to register and create a password. When you create an account for the first time, Dropbox will give you limited storage up to 2GB. But, you can always upgrade to Pro with the options for $99.99 yearly or 9.99 monthly with 1 TB of space, billed monthly.
It is simple and easy to manage. When you login to your Dropbox via web base interface and whatever files or photos you share, upload, or create a new folder. The Dropbox ecosystem works, the next time you log in to your PC where the Dropbox client is installed all of the folders, data, photos will be sync in.
The question always comes up with the security implemented with Dropbox. How secure is Dropbox? Click on this URL link which provided by Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/27. It explains how they use multiple levels of security to protect and back up your files. Secures your files with 256-bit AES encryption and two-step verification. Everything is explained and the available transparency is there for you to be comfortable with the product. The only gripe I have when it comes for support; to do so by submitting via email. Their FAQs section is understandable and easy to follow as well before contacting via email for support.
You might have already been using other free cloud storage service such as Google Drive, and MS Sky Drive it is known as One Drive as of 2014. They give you a lot more space up to 10GB or more and files are allow to share as well. Let’s take a look at the chart comparison below.
|One Drive||Dropbox||Google Drive|
|File size restrictions?||2GB||None with Dropbox apps||10GB|
|Can I earn extra free storage?||Yes||Yes||No|
|Paid plans||$2/month for 100GB, $4/month for 200GB||$10/month for 1TB||$2/month 100GB, $10/month for 1TB|
|OSes supported||Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS||Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Kindle Fire||Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS|
Through experiences with Dropbox, this cloud storage is the favorite due to its reliable, easy to use, and the straightforwardness to set up. Your files live in the cloud (Internet) and you can get access to them at any time from Dropbox’s website, desktop applications for MAC, Windows, and even Linux, the IOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Kindle Fire mobile apps.
The Dropbox web base is better and simpler to manage in which you can store any kind of file in Dropbox, by either uploading to the Website or adding it with your computer desktop apps. You are able to easily move files from your computer to the cloud and vice versa by simply dragging and dropping them into your Dropbox folder. E.g. – This is how it looks on your desktop Windows explorer.
I will provide with another URL link on the How to’s and what to do stage. It is called the Basics – https://www.dropbox.com/help/category/Basics.
Another benefit most people enjoy is to share with other people. Here’s another URL link that will get you there. https://www.dropbox.com/help/19.
Dropbox also, have this program where you can obtain more space by referring friends to Dropbox. You can go as high up to 16GB in referrals. There are many ways to do it, and Dropbox will guide you through it by clicking this URL link- https://www.dropbox.com/help/54/.
Another cool category is you can play movie files on your phone or tablet and the list of supported video formats including:
In conclusion in short of it all, there are so many ways you can store files, photos, even movies with Dropbox. Give Dropbox a try to get the feel then compare both the benefits and the ease with other cloud storage services in the likes of Google Drive and MS One Drive. Dropbox is one of my favorite out of the 2 (Google Drive and MS One Drive), due to the basic manageable interface, the synchronization process, security, sharing, support, modification, and much more than just a cloud storage service. Dropbox stands out from the rest and sure ease of use for those who are searching for trouble-free setup and manageable process that will help you tremendously on a day to day task managing files over the cloud. Read through their HELP section carefully, get fully understand, and their FAQs that will help you along the way. Hope you enjoy this article and let me know what you think.