Product Review: Dropbox

Posted By on January 12, 2011

One of the doctors at work recommended using Dropbox on my new iPad. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks, and I’m in love with it.

What it is: Dropbox securely lets you store files on their servers (think of those commercials for the “cloud”), and you can access your files on any computer and your iPad. They give you 2GB for free, and there are opportunities to earn more space by taking their virtual tour and recommending the service to others. If you require a great deal of space, you can purchase additional space.

How it works: Visit Dropbox and sign up for an account. You will need to download the Dropbox feature on your computer and iPad. I downloaded mine on both my home laptop and my work computer. Then add your files. You can easily attach files from your Dropbox file on your email.

Why it’s awesome: Your files are backed up, password protected and accessible on any computer you use.

Working on a project with someone? You can invite them to share a file with you. They can’t access your other files, only the folder you’re sharing. It’s a great way to keep your computer information safe too. If I want to work on something at home, I no longer have to email the file to my personal email and back to work or use a flash drive. I just place the file on Dropbox.

Drawbacks: When I’ve talked about it with other people, a few were nervous that their files are on the “cloud” and they’re worried about possible security issues, especially those dealing with research data and patient information. Dropbox uses the same security methods as the military. No one can see your files unless you give them access.

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