Dropbox (www.dropbox.com) is global leader in file syncing online cloud storage service that’s safe, personal, and efficient. The companys' online service allows users or members of Dropbox community to share files, store them in a protected area, and retrieve data whenever and wherever possible.
Security is the chief concern for Dropbox management as they don’t want data to leak because of Dropbox facility. For instance, when a user’s computer is infected with a malware and it connects to Dropbox, the virus or Trojan threads are passed on to the cloud storage device. This can be a serious breach of security that can escalate exponentially and cause more trouble for the users. Dropbox uses a secured login authentication step which helps to keep unauthorized users at bay. Paid users can opt for a two-way process for accessing Dropbox files. After a login, the user must check into the second security layer to access files. The latest encryption methods are used to protect the data and transfer the same from cloud storage to the user’s computing device. The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and AES-256 bit encryption codes keep data secured. Regular checkups are done to ensure stealthy viruses do not attack the security shield. The user needs opt for receiving either text message that has the security code or get the code through a Time-Based One-Time Password (TOTP) app. Only those who have authority to view files can read them. Even employees of Dropbox are not entitled for easy access to files. The entire network is secured where application-n-user controls are managed at all times. Even third party apps will need permission to integrate with Dropbox mechanism.
All types of files, such as documents, videos, movies, audio clips, or presentations can be uploaded and downloaded from Dropbox – easily and quickly. There is a secured system to ensure the only authorized users will be able to access files. To these users, the files can be shared and accessed effortlessly as Dropbox provides synchronization of the files. It supports all versions of Windows operating system, Mac, and Linux systems. It is equally synced with mobile computing gadgets and smartphones – those which have iOS, Android or Blackberry interface. Dropbox also shares files with iphones, Kindle Fire, and iPads. So, whether you have a tablet, laptop, or smartphone, you can seamlessly work with Dropbox. It is compatible with mobile hardware devices which use private ports to MeeGo, Symbian, and Windows Phone. Sharing is also done to the non-Dropbox users by providing them with a link to the file or folder to be shared. To actively add files to the cloud folders, the viewer must install Dropbox on their desktop. Automatic syncing of the files from computer or mobile gadgets (installing of mobile apps must be done) to the Dropbox folder and vice versa is done.
Dropbox has three plans to offer to its potential users. The Basic Plan is free that offers 2GB space for the users. One has to sign-in and get a valid, secured account to start sharing and uploading files without any hassle. For those who want to share, store, or download data for personal projects, can opt for Pro Plan – a paid option. Users, mostly professionals must pay $9.99 a month to upload 100GB data. It includes documents, 20,000 and more photos, files and presentations. The Business Plan is a joint account for 5 users. The members of this plan must provide $15 per month to access unlimited space in Dropbox. The users can enjoy a detailed admin features and limitless version history of the files. Users can initially try this plan for free before opting for the paid version. It is meant for those who want to collaborate with clients and teams through Dropbox.
Dropbox is a relatively new concept. So, it is natural for users to have questions and apprehensions. The official site offers information and tips through a detailed Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) list. Users can also check the payment and billing issues at the site.
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