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Dropbox - Your Files at Your Fingertips

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If you haven't heard of Dropbox, you are in for a real treat, especially if you like making it extremely easy to access certain files.  Dropbox is a service that provides secure file hosting and synchronization between multiple computers and devices so you can quickly access the data you need most no matter where you are, and when you get back to your main workstation, the updated version of the file will be there waiting.  Did I mention Dropbox has a free version?  Hit the jump to learn why we love this service.

Dropbox creates a folder on your computers (or mobile devices) that share data back and forth.  When you drop a file into one Dropbox folder, the file will be sent over to all the other Dropbox folders on your registered devices.  This includes Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Android, iPad, and BlackBerry devices.  You can update a document on your laptop and then view the updated version on your phone, and you can even log into your Dropbox account to manage your files from any computer. The service is really as simple as that.  Easy, no-nonsense file synchronization that is as easy to use as a USB thumb drive (and more secure, you can't accidentally send your Dropbox account through the washer and dryer). Keeping sales brochures, branded Power Point templates, your company logo image, and documents like that in your Dropbox can definitely make it easy for you to stay prepared if you travel and need to put together a quick presentation. Do you use Microsoft OneNote?  Synchronize your OneNote Notebooks into Dropbox.  Just make sure you password-protect any Notebooks that may have sensitive data. Use Dropbox to transfer large files like videos.  You can set certain files and directories to be public, letting you send a link to someone via email so they can download the file. If you use a Password Management Tool like KeePass, you can store your encrypted database file in your drop box for easy access.


Dropbox has a free version which gives you 2 gigs of service, and offers ways to increase the storage capacity to 8 gigs for free.  You can also update to 50 GB for $9.99/month and 100 GB for $19.99/month.  Dropbox also has offers for organizations, schools, and businesses.  Check out Dropbox and try out the free version here.