Share files with Dropbox - with your own laptop or your iPhone

by Volker Weber

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Dropbox is one of those great tools you install and forget, while it does its magic.

You get 2 GB free storage, when you sign up with this link you get an additional 250 MB*. You install a little piece of software on your computer, Windows, Linux or Mac, or on your iPhone. And then you designate folders you wish to share. All of your devices sync with the online storage.

And that's not all. You can share any of your folders with designated friends who also get the same files. I think I don't have to explain the power of replication or do I?

And if 2 GB is not enough, you can upgrade to 50 or 100 GB paid storage.

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Comments

Dropbox just works and has been a part of my daily workflow for many months now. Wholeheartedly second the recommendation.

I am curious to see if Google's recent announcements regarding multiple doc types on Google Docs affects them.

Kevan Emmott, 2010-01-12 21:02

Technically a nice idea. However their privacy terms seem a little bit "wishy-washy", especially the section about "3. Information Sharing and Disclosure/Service Providers, Business Partners and Others". I wouldn't store sensitive data there without some reputation.

Andres Grün, 2010-01-12 22:22

+1 - Dropbox is awesome and works nicely with 1Password for complete password sync amongst all my machines and iPods/iPhones.

Andy Mell, 2010-01-12 23:20

I prefer SugarSync because I can keep my existing file hierarchy, rather than having to use a folder called "Dropbox".

Michael Sampson, 2010-01-12 23:45

You don't have to. It's just the default.

Volker Weber, 2010-01-12 23:55

I prefer SugarSync as well.

Mostly because it has a Blackberry client too.

Oliver Barner, 2010-01-13 01:16

Dropbox just works

Stephan H. Wissel, 2010-01-13 06:02

Using Dropbox since ...mh? I forgott about it. But I'm using it often. Sharing with friends, family and co-worker. Great tool!

Thomas Lang, 2010-01-13 07:45

Hi Volker --- did you really get an additional 250GGGGGB or actually just MMMMMBs? ... just wondering ;-)

And yes, I agree. Dropbox is one of those (rare) excellent tools that fulfill the IT promise of making life easier.

Stefan Heinz, 2010-01-13 09:58

About your privacy concerns: Dropbox works perfectly with TrueCrypt! Although you normally have one big container file, it seems that only the changed blocks are synchronized.

My (German only) source:
Dropbox und TrueCrypt – verschlüsselte Daten in der Cloud
http://stadt-bremerhaven.de/dropbox-und-truecrypt-verschluesselte-daten-in-der-cloud/

Thomas Bahn, 2010-01-14 12:42

Just fascinating that they can make a client for Windows 7 64bit, but IBM can't do it for Quickr. They must be cheatin'.

Craig Wiseman, 2010-01-15 00:08

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