Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Using the Free Dropbox App as an Internal Server or to Store Files Online

Several people nowadays use the free or paid version of the Dropbox app. This piece of software has several applications and is most popularly used as an internal server or to store files online. It is utilized by both individuals and private companies.

Dropbox-via Wikimedia, PD

While there are many alternatives to Dropbox, it remains a strong competitor because of its ease of use and the robustness of its design. It also offers lots of features for free. This is a distinct advantage for small businesses and individuals who have a small budget and need a service that works well.

With the advent of cloud technology, individuals who work in teams have gotten used to being able to collaborate with others who are located in different countries. Cloud based servers make it easy for you to store and access data without spending a lot of money. You can get your files any time you need them.

Hacking is not usually a significant problem with cloud based servers either. In fact, storing data on the cloud is often safer than keeping it on a server that is managed by a small outfit and caters to just that organization.

Dropbox is ideal for the following:
1. Teams with less than thirty people who need to share information
2. Cross border collaborations among people who are sharing ideas
3. Giving access to specific members of a team and restricting access to others
4. Uploading small changes in just a few minutes

If someone who was a part of your team leaves to work on another project and you don’t want them to have access to what your group is working on, it is easy to do that with Dropbox. The software makes it possible for you to add new information to a file without having to upload the entire file again. This saves time and makes it easier for you to keep on pace with what is happening with different team members.

Since Dropbox is available as an app, it really gives you real time access to your files anywhere, at any time. The version of your files that you are able to see on your iPhone is the same as that which is used by another team member who is working from their laptop in an entirely different country.

Disclaimer: I did not receive sponsorship or payment for writing this article. All opinions expressed are my own.