Why Dropbox Is One Of The File Sharing System LeadersPosted by Tracy Baker on Jan 7, 2013 in Blog, Virtual Business | 0 comments
When it comes to virtual file sharing systems, Dropbox is one of the market leaders. This is principally due to the fact that it is very straightforward and simple and requires a minimum of product education to get started. Dropbox allows you to sync multiple files online over however many individual devices that you have and stores all your data on a number of servers with a strong encryption methodology. The files you store can be accessed with a minimum of drama from practically any device that has Internet access.
Dropbox comes in a product that you can download to your device or access through your browser. It is designed to work on a multitude of platforms and on mobile devices as well. It works equally well on iPad, Android or the ubiquitous BlackBerry and it comes with a number of different pricing levels to suit your particular requirement and projection.
At the basic level you’re able to get 2 GB of storage at no cost. However, it is likely that you will find the service to be so simple and handy that you will easily surpass that minimum level and will investigate the higher tiered pricing. This is quite reasonable as well as you pay less than $10 per month for 100 GB and can buy additional capacity up through the Pro level, to an option that is made available for business use specifically. This is called Dropbox Teams and for an annual investment of $795 you can get a terabyte of storage and access for up to five users.
Getting set up is rather straightforward. You simply need to go to the company website or to your favourite app store. Once you have downloaded the software you will need to create a Dropbox account and will then be able to access a specific folder on your device dedicated to the solution. You will see a new shortcut icon appear in your system tray or menubar, which enables you to get into your Dropbox folder with a simple click.
Remember that your files will be stored in the cloud when you load them into Dropbox and even though all devices will be synchronised with the latest version of any particular file, Dropbox also keeps early versions of the files.
Through the “public” folder you can share your files with others. Don’t worry though; even though this is called “public” the files won’t be immediately visible to anyone out there on the web. You can initiate invitations to people to share access to specific folders. When you do this you will be sent to the Dropbox website where you enter the e-mail addresses of the people whom you wish to have access. They in turn will need a Dropbox account, although they only need to install the client if they want the shared folder and automatic downloads into their own dedicated Dropbox folder. Even though this is a more secure way of handling shared files with people who you interact with, often you can also simply give a dedicated unique URL to anyone, even if they don’t have Dropbox.
All in all a very flexible product and one that’s getting good market penetration and exposure now.
We LOVE Dropbox but what is YOUR favourite File Sharing tool? … We’d love to know