Thursday, January 13, 2011

Using Dropbox for File Sharing & Online Backup


For those of us who tend to use more than one computer or use multiple computers at various locations, occasionally syncing your files becomes a bit of a challenge. I’ve turned to a website, Dropbox.com, to answer this problem for me. Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across multiple computers automatically. I’m currently using the site for a project that includes the transfer of large files on a frequent basis, and the service has been a pleasure to use.

Dropbox provides the ability to use the service as an online backup, the ability to access your files via the web, mobile device access and most importantly, military grade encryption methods to both transfer and store your data. The basic package is free for up to 2GB. You can pay for additional space of up to 50GB at $9.99/month or up to 100GB at $19.99/month.

Dropbox has won awards from MacWorld Eddy Awards, the Crunchies for Best Internet App and PC Magazine Editors’ Choice.

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The service has proven to be an important business tool for me. Have you used Dropbox or a similar service?

4 comments:

Tracy Antol said...

I love DropBox. Great blog post Erika!

Erika Barbosa said...

Thanks Tracy! Do you use both the online and local Dropbox?

Anna said...

There is another option to backup data to cloud storage powered by Amazon S3. Check out CloudBerry Backup http://backup.cloudberrylab.com/ . It is onetime fee and the rest what you pay for Amazon S3. Besides, there is no proprietary data format and you can access your data using other Amazon s3 tools. Supports all Amazon S3 regions and Reduced Redundancy Storage.

Erika Barbosa said...

Thanks for your comment Anna. I am familiar with Amazon s3, and have heard positive feedback about the service. Have you used Dropbox too?