Thanks to a good friend of mine, [Mo], I’ve been using Dropbox for years. It first started as a way to share files with one client, but my usage has expanded beyond that in recent years, and I have found Dropbox to be a service that I simply would not want to live without. Even as more competition arrives, Dropbox remains my go-to cloud [file management] service, and I feel confident that you should give them a try if you haven’t already! Here’s why…
Synchronized Files Across Computers, Devices
Have you ever been at your home or office computer and saved a file only to be at another computer later wishing that you could view and/or edit that same files? Well, Dropbox does just that. When I save a file in the Dropbox folder(s), I can easily pull them up on any othe computer or device that I have linked with Dropbox! Also, I can always go online to the Dropbox site, log in, and access my files that way too. So, there’s plenty of flexibility to meet all of my needs. This is a great solution for small businesses wanting to avoid having to buy a file server.
Cloud Backup – Just In Case
To piggyback on the previous reason, I also use Dropbox as a means for data backup. Currently, I have about 58GB of space on Dropbox. Of that amount, I am using about 28GB for file storage. So, if one of my computers or Android devices fail, I do not have to worry about losing those files. With Dropbox, my files are safe and secure; if one device fails, I can just login using another computer or device to see and manipulate my files! Talk about a relief!
Collaborate, Share With Ease
Not only is Dropbox a means of storing files for use across multiple computers and multiple operating system platforms, for it is also a tool that you can use to work and collaborate with others. Dropbox allows you to share content on a folder-by-folder basis. This means that I can have one folder for each client that I have while collaborating on another folder with two or three other colleagues. When I add a file to the folder that I am sharing with somebody else, they will see the file appear on their attached computers and devices. In fact, Dropbox will even notify you when new files are added or deleted.
Protecting Privacy Along The Way
All of the folders on my Dropbox are secure. So long as somebody else does not have my password or is not sitting at my computer unattended, he or she cannot access my files unless I want him or her to. I can add and remove people from shared folders and even drop a file or two in the public folder so that I can provide others with a direct link to each document that I add in that [public] folder. As you can see, this provides me with great peace of mind, added security, and added controls over my cloud-based content.
Simple Solution For Me!
So, there you have it… four quick and easy reasons to give Dropbox a try for your individual, group, and/or organizational needs. And, you can try it out for free with a free service option that is robust and productive in and of itself.