What is Dropbox?
Dropbox is a tool that allows you to share files across multiple platforms (Pc, phone, etc) with a simple drag and drop. Once you have installed Dropbox it will behave much like any other folder at your disposal. You may drag files into and out of the Dropbox folder. You can save files to and open them from your Dropbox folder. You can even organize your Dropbox with folders, change the way objects in the Dropbox folder are organized as well as how you would like to view these objects. What makes Dropbox unique is that this Dropbox folder can be shared to your other computers and devices you have installed the Dropbox folder on.
Furthermore, you can access this folder from any web browser on a device that you have not installed Dropbox on. This means you can access your files on public computers without the need to install and uninstall the Dropbox program.
Finally, Dropbox allows you to share objects in your folder by providing you with a URL that can be copy, pasted and sent to your chosen recipients. They will have access only to the designated file while the rest of your Dropbox folder remains safe and private.
Platforms – I have installed Dropbox on just about everything I own. This long list of compatibility includes PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Kindle fire, Windows Phones & Tablets. With access from any of these devices you’ll rarely be unable to access your files.
Shared Folders – You can share a folder with others and allow them to edit content within that folder without risking the security of other folders contained in your Dropbox.
Conflicts – For the more advanced users it should be noted that multiple locations trying to edit the same file may create conflicts in the Dropbox folder which could cause duplicate edits of the file. Dropbox does not work in real time and does not allow multiple authors to edit files simultaneously.
Free – You start out with 2 Gigabytes completely free and have access to simple tasks like tweeting about Dropbox to increase your allotment. At the time of writing this I have earned an additional 2.38GB for a total of 4.38GB. Additionally, you can earn up to 16GB with referals. When you refer another users you get an additional 500mb and the new user gets an additional 500mb as well. You’re welcome to use my personal referral link and start yourself out with an additional 500mb.
Pro – You have the option to upgrade to Dropbox Pro for 1TB for $9.99/month (or $99.99/year for a discount). Upgrading to Pro also gives you access to password protected sharing links.
Business – The business upgrade gives you access to unlimited storage space as well as the ability to manage employee accounts and password protected sharing links. The business upgrade will run you $75/month or $750/year.