Do you have trouble keeping files backed up? Do you work between multiple computers and have to constantly transfer stuff by flash drive, wondering if you’re accidentally saving an older version over the one you just worked on? I found a solution. My friend Susan turned me on to this online storage system called Dropbox.
Dropbox keeps your files safely in cyberspace using the same secure technology that allows you to make credit card purchase or do online banking. The obvious advantage to this is that if your house burns down you don’t lose your files. If you put your flash drive through the wash, you don’t have to panic (though I’ve learned from personal experience that they can survive such abuse with files intact).
Beyond that, Dropbox makes it possible to sync files between computers. My husband and I work together on a newsletter for the Oregon Region of the Classic Car Club of America. This feature makes it simple for us to exchange large files without messing with flash drives or email. Dropbox puts a little icon in your taskbar so, among other things, you can access your account easily. If you have shared files, a little bubble pops up updating you every time changes are made.
Dropbox also adds a folder to “My Documents” on your computer so you don’t have to go online to back stuff up. It’s just like having an additional hard drive, or using a jump drive or other storage device. You can drag and drop files into Dropbox, or you can copy and paste if you prefer redundancy. It’s super easy to use, and you can organize your files inside the folder just like you would with any other storage device.
You get 2GB of storage space free, but you can buy additional space as well. If you sign other people up, you get as much as 8 GB free. As a matter of fact, that’s why I’m telling you about this. I’m hoping some of you will use this link to get your own Dropbox account. I receive 250 MB for every person I send their way.
It’s very easy to sign up, and once you do you’ll find a PDF within your Dropbox file that will tell you all about the service. I’ve been using Dropbox for several weeks now, and I’ve got to say that even if I didn’t get free storage space, I’d still highly recommend them.