Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers.
Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they’ll be instantly available on any of your other computers that you’ve installed Dropbox on (Windows, Mac, and Linux too!) Because a copy of your files are stored on Dropbox’s secure servers, you can also access them from any computer or mobile device using the Dropbox website.
I may have mentioned DropBox.com before in passing… it is a free file sharing & backup site that a friend told me about a few months ago. I signed up and use it to backup and sync 1Password (still in love with that program for creating & keeping secure passwords).
It has been on my list to learn more – but work, life and sleep have continually put it on the back burner… until today.
My desktop computer is in for repair. I’m working off my laptop. A client needed a bunch of files. When I went to open “Fetch” – the program I use to get files onto client FTP sites – I realized it wasn’t on my computer and I didn’t want to pay for it again, especially since I don’t use this computer as my main computer.
SO… all those dots lined up and today was the day to try out DropBox.
I created a folder and put the files my client needed in it.
I used the “share a folder” button on DropBox, entered my clients email, added a note and clicked send.
Then, of course, I called my client to explain WHY she was getting this. It took her about 2 minutes to register and then * poof * she got all the files downloaded to her computer in a zip file.
Easy. Fast. Secure. Free. (As long as the people you want to share with have or are willing to create a DropBox account of course.)
These days, I’m all for learning about websites and technology that make my life easier and my business more productive. Bonus points if it doesn’t cost anything!
If you ever need to share large files or multiple files that are just too cumbersome to send by email, I highly recommend you check out DropBox.