Simplify Your Digital Life With Dropbox

By Jonathan Wylie

We use computers and mobile devices everywhere we go today, but wouldn’t it be nice if they could talk to each other? With Dropbox they can. This innovative file sharing and backup tool will make sure that all your digital media is everywhere you need it. Sounds complicated? It’s not. Here’s how it works.

When you download Dropbox, it puts a special folder on your computer. Everything you put in that folder is copied and automatically backed up to the Internet. You can access it at any time on your computer or by logging in to your secure account at Dropbox.com.

However, it doesn’t stop there. If you use more than one computer, you can download Dropbox on each one. When you do this, Dropbox will sync all your files with each one, so that you have access to the same files on each computer.

So, let’s say you have a Dropbox folder on your work computer, and one on your home computer. Any files you put into your Dropbox folder at work will automatically be added to your Dropbox folder at home, and vice versa. This includes any changes you make to your files and it means that you no longer need to email yourself files or carry around a USB flash drive.

What’s that? You want more convenience? Okay. How about a mobile app? There’s an app for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices. Install one of these, and your files are now on your home computer, your work computer, and on your mobile device.

Dropbox also lets you share files and folders with others. You can invite friends, family or co-workers to view anything you want them to have access to. This means you can share photos online quickly and easily, or show work colleagues the projects you have been working on just by sending them a link to your files.

Did your computer just crash? Relax. Everything that was in your Dropbox folder is already safely backed up online. Simply download the Dropbox folder again and all your old files will sync to the new Dropbox folder.

Dropbox works on both Macs and PCs and comes with 2 Gb of free storage. Subscription plans are available for those who need more storage space, but 2 Gb is a great size to get started with and you can earn extra storage for every friend you refer to their service.

There are other products out there that offer similar services, but in my opinion Dropbox is the easiest to use and among the most reliable ones you could choose. So, why not head on over to Dropbox.com to get started?

Jonathan Wylie

Jonathan Wylie

Jonathan Wylie is the owner of The Education Technology Blog, a website dedicated to helping teachers advance the use of technology in the classroom. He is a teacher, husband, and proud father, but also works as a freelance writer for several online publications. Jonathan is originally from Scotland, but now lives and works in rural Iowa. He has a love for education, photography, computers, and just about any gadget that he can get his hands on.

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