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Dropbox: Free Online Storage/Backup Software (Guest Post)

Guest Post by Mike…

Have you ever needed to get to one of your files when you’re not on your computer?  Do you want to make sure your important files are protected in case your computer crashes?  You can do both of these things and more with Dropbox.

You simply sign up for an account and download a small program to your computer.  This will place a “Dropbox” folder in your Documents folder on your computer.  The program then runs in the background all of the time and syncs anything in that folder to your online Dropbox account.  Don’t worry… it won’t slow your computer down at all.

Since your files are synced online, you can just login to www.dropbox.com to view and download any of them from any computer with an internet connection.  Also, in the event that your computer crashes and you lose all of your files, you don’t have to worry about your important stuff being lost because it will still be online in your Dropbox.

Just go here to sign up for an account and receive your 2.25 GB of free space.

There are also a few ways you can get a little additional space for free after you sign up:

  • Get .25 GB by clicking on the “Get Started” tab in your account and completing 5 of the tasks there
  • Get .625 GB by going to www.dropbox.com/free and completing all of the tasks there

More tips and tricks about Dropbox after the break…

Tips & Tricks:

  • Choose your Desktop as the location of your Dropbox folder during the installation for easier access.
  • Use Dropbox to get files between your computer and your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad or Android Phone (There are Apps available for both platforms)
  • Use Dropbox to share files between two computers by installing it on both computers.  The folders on each computer will stay synced with your online Dropbox and each other.
  • Use Dropbox to collaborate with others on a project by “sharing” a folder with other people.  The folder will then show up in their Dropbox and everyone is able to view, edit, and add new files.

If you have any questions about Dropbox, feel free to comment here or to send me an email at Mike@SavvyStudentShopper.com!