The era of the floppy disks, the small hard drives, and losing your data has already come to an end. I remember very well when we used to save data on small hard drives. When something happened, you would need to take the hard drive and send it to a professional for recovery. Sometimes the data could be recovered, but in some cases, you would lose all of your data.
Then, hard disks began to get bigger and bigger. Later, they began producing external hard drives, continually making them bigger as they developed with the times. The problem with external hard drives is that you must continually back up your data in order to ensure everything is safe. This is not efficient, especially with data increasing.
Today; however, this era is over.
Dropbox now makes it possible to keep your data secure and be more productive. If you are not familiar with Dropbox, it is a free service that allows you to place all of your documents, data, photos, videos, etc. and share them easily by putting them in the cloud. Basically, it acts as a hosting service for all of your data. You can back it up and synch it continually.
In order to take advantage of these benefits, you open a free account with Dropbox, which gives you the ability to save 2GB data for free. You can create a folder on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. When you create your account, it installs a folder automatically. You store up to 2GB and then automatically synch it in the cloud. Whatever you place in the folder, it will update automatically.
You also have the opportunity to invite others to join the service and earn free data storage. If people join Dropbox through your invitation, you receive 500MG per referral for the free account up to 16GB, so you are able to increase your data storage limits. You can also earn up to 1GB per friend if you are subscribed to the PRO account up to 32GB from referring friends. Dropbox also offers the ability to earn free storage if you connect via your social pages or link your mailbox.
There are multiple ways that you can earn free data storage, but there are also paid versions available, such as the Pro plan that begins at $9.99 per month. They also provide a business plan that offers an unlimited data plan.
Also Dropbox has a feature called Packrat that gives you unlimited deletion recovery and version history. Dropbox by default saves a history of all deleted and earlier versions of files for 30 days for all Dropbox accounts so even you don’t be scared in case you or one of the people that you shared your folders with deletes any of your files by mistake because you can contact Dropbox and they will recover the file for you, If you purchase the Packrat for your account then you won’t have to worry about losing a deleted folder or file because Dropbox will save your files for as long as you have the feature, so Packrat is available to all Dropbox Pro accounts for $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year.
I can also share links or folders with friends and team members then if I need to change the link later or unshared the folder, I can do that also. Dropbox can also be used to ensure that files are completely safe. They offer an unlimited deletion recovery service for an annual fee, a service to which I subscribe.
By using Dropbox, I have found that it makes it easy to access data from wherever I want. For instance, if I go to a meeting and I don’t have my computer with me, I can access my data directly from the app on my smartphone. It gives me tremendous peace of mind and fast access to missing documents.