Dropbox Explained – The Cloud & Dropbox
This is a web-based file hosting service
It uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization.
There are 2 parts to Dropbox
The Dropbox application (Client) & The Dropbox web interface (Server) Shared folders allow a group of people to collaborate on the same set of files.
Any additions, changes or deletions made will be seen by all members of any shared folder. Shared folder members only have access to the folder you share with them, and not to the other contents of your Dropbox account.
Dropbox explained – Still with me?
Dropbox is a master folder on your computer that synchronizes your individual folder files online and across other computers using the internet.
Accounts & FOLDERS
Sharing Folders – REQUEST. You send a REQUEST to share a folder by email to give someone access to specific files or folders.
Adding other Computers
If you work on multiple computers, install Dropbox on each one. Add another computer to your Dropbox account. Install the Dropbox client on that computer by downloading Dropbox on that computer too. Select ‘I’m an Existing User’ then enter your Dropbox account info, as in username, which is usually your email address and the password you created. The contents of your Dropbox will start downloading to your computer. Or you can choose to view the contents ‘online’ only – your call.
It is Free (Limits do apply, such as 2 GB of space free). The paid version is $9.99 a month.
It is Private & Secure
It is X-Platform Friendly
It is Mobile ready
Simple version control
Simple disaster recovery
The Dropbox application offers a solution to two nagging problems:
1. Working on files on different computers
2. Sharing files with collaborators
You can drag and drop documents and files in to your own Dropbox folder on your desktop to back them up. If you prefer to use the web version, you can select “upload” and manually choose the files you want to keep stored in the cloud.
Who is using Dropbox?
Dropbox is used in 95% of the Fortune 500 companies and over 2 million businesses.
No Bother! Get Dropbox here and get started sharing documents or folders and working collaboratively online.