Since I have been traveling quite a bit these past couple weeks, I don’t have access to my desktop computer while I am on the road. Sure, I could keep it on, so some networking magic and open up folders on my computer so I can access them from my hotel room, but the problem with that is that if I can do, then I am leaving my computer available for others to hack in.
One of the free tools that I use to help me out with this is DropBox – this is an online service that allows me to store files “in the cloud” so I can securely log in and have access to them! I can upload pictures from my computer (or even my camera) and have access to them where ever I have internet access.
I was surprised to hear that some people are still not aware of DropBox. WHAT?!?! How can that be? OK – no judgment here… let me just tell you more about it.
First of all, the DropBox service is FREE! (I do, however, subscribe to their paid version for businesses so Team members can access the same account).
Another benefit using DropBox is that since I use many different computers – using DropBox I can put something in ‘The Cloud’ and access it from any of those computers! Some other things I like about it are the following:
1. You can get a 2 gig account for free!
2. I can access it anywhere.
3. It is not just web based! I get a folder created on my computer that I just drop things in and it is now available for me anywhere. One thing to be aware of – when you drag and drop something from your computer to the DropBox folder, it is a MOVE (not a copy). It will no longer be on, say your desktop, but in that folder on your computer.
4. This is a cool feature I really like… You can authorize other DropBox users to use a specific folder; now you can both share documents. I was able to send a folder of 1 gig of pictures to a friend and he got them almost instantly! He can then look at them, and even make some changes (i.e., touch-up work) and then I can get them back! No need to go back and forth with email and wonder who has the most recent version!
It is really cool! You can check it out here: DropBox.com – they have a nice short video you can watch to get an idea of what they do.
By the way – The link for DropBox.com link is my referral link. When you create a free account and you use my link, I will be ‘rewarded’ get an extra 1/2 gig of space – I think – LOL. The part about it, however, is that YOU also get an extra 1/2 gig of space! This is not shared space – we both get the extra space. And using my link does not share your stuff with me.
I say I think I might get extra space because I am not sure if I do anymore. With my Paid subscription where I share over 1 TB (terabyte) of data, 1/2 gig of space isn’t really going to do much. However, you should still get the extra space on your account.
Once you open an account, you can also refer people (they make it easy to do this) and then you too will get more free space.
I hope you can find a use for this. Again, use my link and you get extra space. You can also go directly to their home page and sign up at dropbox.com. I will not be offended if you don’t want the extra space.