Dropbox is one of several online backup / file storage service that is available both free or as a premium service. The service provides atleast 2GB of free online storage with an option to buy more storage.
Notable Features of Dropbox
- Easy file synchronization and backup - Using Dropbox is quite simple. You just need to download and install the desktop client. Once you've setup the desktop client and registered for the service, you can choose a particular folder which Dropbox will constantly monitor. Any files placed in this folder will be automatically sync with your online storage. Even directory structure within the folder is preserved.
- Simplified File Sharing with your friend or colleagues - Sharing files with your friends (assuming they also have Dropbox accounts properly setup) is as easy as choosing specific folders within your Dropbox folder and selecting to whom you want to share it. Once the proper permissions are confirmed, all files are automatically sync with your friends.
- Cross platform desktop (and mobile) clients - Dropbox is available in multiple platforms namely Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It also accessible via popular mobile devices such as the iPhone/iPad, Android based devices and the Blackberry. This provides Dropbox better coverage in making your data accessible.
- Web based access to your data - If you do ever encounter a system that does not have the Dropbox client installed, not to worry. Dropbox has an intuitive web based interface where you can access and manage your files. So as long as you have a browser you will be able to download and upload your files.
- Upgradable Storage - if the Free 2GB default storage is not enough, you can upgrade your allocation for around 10 USD for an additional 50 GB a month or 20 USD for 100 GB a month.
- LAN based synchronization - If you are sharing with friends who are also located in the same network you are in Dropbox will synchronize your files within the network first before uploading to its cloud storage. This way you dont have to sync to Dropbox first before your friend can sync from Dropbox.
Small shortcoming of Dropbox
With all of the good stuff the Dropbox provides, it has one minor shortcoming - There can be only one Dropbox Folder - As of the moment, the desktop client only monitors a single designated folder in your system. Only files found on this folder will be synchronized to the its cloud storage. This is a disadvantage for people who already have their own way of folder arrangements.
Dropbox provides a flexible way of keeping your files accessible. This is especially true if you use different types of systems in different locations. And its initial free 2GB offering will be quite adequate for most users. To start using Dropbox just head on to their website and register (Affiliate link).