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Dropbox is more than a simple file storage service. It has revolutionized the way information is handled. The result is portability. Having your information available on the go or wherever you go, from any device, and being sure that it is securely and privately hosted, makes Dropbox the best of its type.
But what are the requirements? You just need to provide a user name with password, and drop the files into Dropbox. After this, your information will be available from any computer or mobile device with Internet connection, from any Web browser as if you use the file explorer.
Now, installing the Dropbox application on your computer gives you many advantages. You can have a copy of the information (like a mirror) that is hosted on the cloud, right in a local folder of your computer. Besides, you can select the folders to be synchronized, set download and upload bandwidth, set proxy parameters, and add a tray icon to quickly access your Dropbox folder.
The only aspect to highlight is its storage capacity. With a regular free account, you are allowed to host up to 2 GB. So, if you need more space, you have to pay a monthly fee according to your storage capacity needs (100GB - $9.99 USD per month, or 200GB - $19.99 USD per month). For business, you can make a contract of $795 per year and $125 per user and per year, after the first five users.
Now, as regards the free account, not only does it restrict its storage capacity but also brings you the vulnerability that Dropbox reserves the right to terminate your account at any time without notice. The other disadvantage is that if the free account is inactive for ninety days, then Dropbox may delete any or all of your files without providing additional notice. Nevertheless, I don't want to sound gloomy; I have been using a Dropbox free account for years obtaining outstanding results without any problem.
- Easy to use
- Your information is securely and privately hosted
- Can be accessed from any device
- You can get up to 16 MB of free space
- With free accounts, Dropbox reserves the right to terminate them at any time, with or without notice
- If your free account is inactive for ninety days, then Dropbox may delete any or all of your files without providing additional notice