What is Dropbox and what is it used for?

Dropbox is an awesome service that allows you to back your files up to the cloud, sync them between computers, and share them with your friends. Everything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website making everything accessible from any device, wherever you are.

Think of it as a filing cabinet that is with you at all times but doesn’t weigh a thing.

Dropbox, also makes it very easy to shred folder and/or individual files with others. This way, you can centralise all files needed by a group of people to complete a job. Here are some key points on why Dropbox is great for collaboration:

  • As soon as the files are added to the shared Dropbox, they are automatically synced to everyone’s computer.
  • Everyone has access to the shared Dropbox on the web (www.dropbox.com)
  • Backing up becomes a mute point since files will be on at least two computers and they’ll be synced up to the cloud. The larger the number of people syncing up with the shared Dropbox, the greater the chance that the apocalypse will have to come in order for you to lose all your data.
  • As long as you have an internet connection, Dropbox will stay in sync regardless of where you are.
  • Dropbox saves versions of your files, so if someone accidentally deletes a file you can generally restore it easily through the website.

Dropbox is free for up to 2GB of space (plus referrals – you get additional space per each referral that signs up), but that isn’t a lot. On the plus side, it’s only $10 or $20 per month for 50GB or 100GB of storage (respectively) if you do pay.

Step 1: Sign into Dropbox

Go the Dropbox homepage (www.dropbox.com) and sign in to create your account. You don’t need a credit card, it’s free to sign up. Click on “Create account”

Step 2: Complete sign-up information

Fill out all the fields in the signup form. Alternatively, you can sign up with your Google account if you have one. You will receive a verification email.

Step 3: Download Dropbox

Click on “Download Dropbox to get started” and follow the on-screen instructions to install a Dropbox folder on your computer.

Step 4: You’re done!

You now have a Dropbox account that you can access from any browser or from your Dropbox folder on your computer.