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Dropbox Features

  • Store your files simply online with one folder that keeps everything in sync
  • Sync your files to the cloud with native apps for Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS and more
  • Share folders that stay in sync with your colleagues, or share individual files and folders
  • Open and edit files with in-app integration in many mobile and web apps
  • 256-bit AES encryption and 2-factor authentication
  • Remotely wipe files from devices with Pro and Business plans

Dropbox Pricing

  • Free for 2GB of storage
  • $10/month for Dropbox Pro with 1TB of storage, advanced sharing and security features, plus $3.99/month for Extended Version History
  • $15/user/month for Dropbox Business with all above features plus centralized admin, audit logs and other business features

Last updated August 29, 2014. Please visit the official site for the most up-to-date information.

Dropbox Review

In 2007, MIT student Drew Houston got tired of forgetting his flash drive, and decided to make sure he never left his files behind again. Thus began Dropbox, one of the most popular online file storage tools today.

It’s file storage reduced to its simplest. Instead of picking what you’d like to sync, Dropbox just gives you one Dropbox folder on your computer. Drag any file to that folder, and it’s automatically synced with all of your devices and the Dropbox web app. You can then open the file on your phone or grab your friend’s computer, go to Dropbox.com, and still get your file. It’s a far better flash drive.

For all the complexities of keeping files synced, Dropbox has managed to hide the clutter and keep things simple, even as it’s added features over time. It’s still just that Dropbox folder on your computer, where you’ll add all your files and organize them into folders as you have for decades. Only this time, those files will automatically show up on all of your other computers and mobile devices, along with anyone else’s devices whom you’ve shared that folder with. And if it all gets too much, you can use Selective Sync to keep only some folders in your Dropbox synced, to save space on your computer while still keeping the files in the cloud.

Dropbox came at the perfect time. Just as computing went mobile, and we were more likely to work on the go from a tablet than sit behind a PC, Dropbox was there to make sure our files were ready wherever we were. You’ll find Dropbox integration in many web and mobile apps, such as the writing app Draft, where you can open files from Dropbox and edit them, then save new files back to Dropbox so you can open them in other apps. And, of course, you can automatically save pictures, email attachments, and more to Dropbox using Zapier. Or you could just keep using your traditional software like Word and Photoshop, and Dropbox will happily keep those files synced.

It’ll also keep them backed up. While we wouldn’t recommend using Dropbox as your only backup, it does give you an extra bit of safety by keeping all your files on each of your computers, plus in the cloud. If your computers die, your files are only a few clicks away in Dropbox’s web app—or better yet, already synced to one of your other devices.

But then there’s the times that you accidentally delete a file, or perhaps change an important document only to realize later that you removed crucial information. That’s where Dropbox comes in really handy. It stores previous versions of your files for up to 30 days—or indefinitely if you pay for the Extended Version History upgrade. Just go to the Dropbox web app, find the file or folder where the file existed, and select View Previous Versions or View Deleted Files, respectively. Seconds later you’ll have your file back.

There’s then the times you might want to get rid of your files—Dropbox is there for you then, too. If your computer falls into the wrong hands, you can remotely wipe your files with a Dropbox Pro subscription. You can also add passwords to your shared files, or make shares read-only, to keep your data safe. Or, with a Business subscription, you can keep all your team’s files synced, and keep track of files with central admin and file auditing.

Dropbox is far from the only file sync tool. Microsoft’s OneDrive comes with Office 365 subscriptions, and Google Drive offers file sync alongside its online document and spreadsheet apps. But Dropbox has earned its name in simplicity, and in taking care of your files while you use the apps you want. It’s just file storage, but it’s great at that.

Our Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Matthew

Reviewed by Matthew Guay, Zapier. Last updated August 29, 2014.

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