That Makes Me h-APP-y! Dropbox

That Makes Me h-APP-y! Dropbox

The “That Makes Me h-APP-y!” blog series continues with the benefits of using Dropbox to stay organized. Use it both on the web and via your mobile device.

In this day and age, having digital files is a part of every-day life: online statements, scanned documents, PDFs, digital photos… the list goes on and on. These items are typically stored on a computer’s hard drive, but should also be kept on a separate backup drive and/or in a file hosting service and storage system (i.e. like the ‘cloud’).

There are a lot of concerns about the safety of online file hosting services, but reliable companies take the security of their clients and their important digital documents very seriously. I should know, I worked for a start-up tech company that realized that a security breech would mean the downfall of the company. They spend a lot of money to keep their servers safe and use top-notch encryption services, all which ensures the online safety of their clients’ stored documents.

Each Sunday, I back up my computer to two separate backup drives. I also keep a lot of my important documents and photos in a Dropbox account. Here’s why:

1 – There have been times when I’m not at home, or even in the country, and I’ve needed to access an important document. I don’t have my personal computer with me and my two backup drives are safely locked within my fire-and-water-proof file safe. No problem, I simply sign into my Dropbox account using my username/password, and I access the information I need.

2 – God forbid there is a natural disaster or my computer and/or file safe are stolen. I wouldn’t have access to any of my documents – they’d be gone. Dropbox allows me to keep digital copies online, which I could then transfer to a new computer or backup drive. I love this insurance!

3 – Sometimes I want to share files with friends that are too big to email. There are free services that you can use to send larger or compressed files, but are they safe? With Dropbox I never have to worry about the security of my items. I can simply share with a friend and they are able to access only the documents I share with them.

4 – Dropbox is affordable. Anyone can sign up for a free account and receive a decent amount of storage space. If you need more space, you simply buy more. You can also get credit towards more free storage space by inviting others to use Dropbox.

You can learn a bit more about Dropbox here or via their website.

If you have never tried it before, I highly recommend signing up. It’s a fantastic way to keep organized. You can thank me later…

*The featured image is courtesy of Dropbox.

Lauren Mang
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