We’ve talked about working in the cloud and all the benefits it has while living the college lifestyle. One of our resident Help Desk employee’s has written up a little info on how to utilize one of the cloud websites – DropBox.
Setting up a free file sharing service is a handy alternative to emailing yourself files day in and day out. One of the better options out there is to use the dropbox.com service. Dropbox is software that links all your computers through a single folder, i.e. the Dropbox.
Go to www.dropbox.com where you can set up an account for free. The free account gives you up to two gigabytes of disk space; 50- and 100-gigabyte are also available, but they cost $10 and $20 a month.
Once you install the Dropbox onto your computer, it will show you where the Dropbox folder is located on your computer. You can simply drop files into the Dropbox folder where they will instantly be available on any of your other computers, and the web. This is a folder just like any other folder on your hard drive, when you move a file to your Dropbox folder, you are also moving your file to your Dropbox folder on the web and your other computers.
If you need to access your files from a computer other than your own, simply login to www.dropbox.com where you can view, download and upload your files securely from any web browser. There’s also a Dropbox mobile website and Dropbox for mobile devices allow you to connect to your Dropbox from your pocket, so you can take your files with you wherever you go.
Set up your account on all your other computers, and they all have the access to the same files. You can set up shared, private and public folders, and apps for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android mean you can gain access to shared files from anywhere!