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Cloud Storage – Dropbox

Dropbox is one of the longest-standing cloud storage services; it was one of the first cloud storage solutions to be made available, and was developed by students at MIT who kept forgetting their USB storage devices (something I think we can all relate to).

Its standing as one of the longest running and most user-friendly cloud storage solutions may appeal to some potential users, but it’s also been awarded a five-star privacy rating by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Its features include options such as the ability to purge your Dropbox contents from a remote device if you lose your it, Dropbox Paper, which is their collaboration platform, and up to 180 days of stored version history, meaning you can restore earlier versions of the file if you accidentally save over the it or delete it. There’s also an add-on for Gmail that enables you to connect it to Dropbox, meaning you can save or send attachments directly.


Storage Options

Free users of Dropbox are only allotted 2GB of storage, but this can be increased by performing ‘community actions’ such as completing your profile, contributing to their user forums and inviting other people to use their services. For Plus users, this space is 2TB, while professional users get 3TB.

Dropbox has a business option which they call Dropbox for Teams; each user on these plans gets 3TB on their standard plan and as much as necessary on their Advanced plan.

Here’s some of the best features of Dropbox:

  • Well established and experienced service,
  • Sync and store with apps for Windows, Android, iOS, macOS and Linux,
  • Useful version history and file restore options,
  • Access to Dropbox Paper, to collaborate simultaneously with others,
  • User-friendly web interface,
  • Advanced sharing controls and passworded links with expiry options,
  • Highly rated for privacy by the EFF,
  • Remote device wipe option,
  • Integration with other apps.

For more advice on cloud storage solutions and how they could help your organisation, or for general business IT advice or support, please contact one of our team here at Geek-Guru on 0121 312 1500 or drop us an email at info@geek-guru.co.uk .

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