Web Spy: DropBox


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From important class papers and projects, to priceless photo memories, to my entire iTunes library, my laptop pretty much has my entire life on it. But sometimes I need something from my computer and don’t have it with me (like class assignments), and constantly having to load files onto a flash drive or remembering to email them to myself can get annoying.

Dropbox solves that problem by allowing you to access your files from anywhere! Dropbox is fully compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems, meaning that even files saved on your MacBook can be accessed on a PC. What’s more, your Dropbox files are always available via the secure, password-protected website. You can also access Dropbox via your smartphone — it’s compatible with iPhone, Blackberry and Android  — as well as iPad.

And the best part? You don’t even have to do anything! Once you install the program, Dropbox continuously keeps the folders updated every time you make a change or update for you, so you can rest easy knowing your files will be available for you whenever and wherever you need them.

The free version provides you with 2 GB to store pictures, music and documents, but more storage space (up to 100 GB) is available from Dropbox for a fee.

Beyond storage for your personal files, Dropbox is great for file sharing. For example, you can create photo albums and simply send the Dropbox folder to your friends and family, instead of emailing them a bunch of attachments. Or use Dropbox to make group projects a lot easier — just invite all your group members to a Dropbox folder that contains all the documents you need so everyone in the group can access and work on them at anytime, and the changes are automatically made for the rest of the group to see. Oh, and if you’re BFF has the new Mumford & Sons album you’ve been dying for, she can just drop that bad boy in Dropbox and you’ll be rocking out to The Cave in no time.

When you think about it, the uses for Dropbox are endless! This program really will change your life. Sometimes I hate myself for not finding it sooner. Bad Laura, bad!

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I'm a TV addict that loves to cook. I like Disney and Harry Potter probably more than an adult should and hate working out. I graduated from St. John's University in 2009 and am currently living and writing in sunny Southern California.
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