Backing Up Your Computer (Essential Files) with Dropbox
Backing up your computer is important stuff for everyone who owns a computer.
If you own a computer, you probably have some important data on it. You may have photos, music, spreadsheets, word processor documents, and other important data that you would not want to lose. That’s why backing up your computer is so important.
Here’s what you need to do. Get a piece a paper. Now pretend that your computer or laptop has been lost, stolen, or just stopped working. What have you lost? Write it down on this piece of paper. It’s all gone. Your photos of your girlfriend, graduation photos, your favorite music, your homework assignments, your spreadsheets showing your business sales for the past 10 years…it’s all gone. Backing up your computer could have prevented that pain.
There are lots of solutions for backing up your computer. I have offered many solutions in the past. Now…I have a new solution for you.
Well, it’s not actually new. It’s just become my new favorite solution.
My favorite solution for backing up your computer
You’ve probably heard of it before. It’s called Dropbox.
Dropbox is one of many f*r*e*e cloud based file backup solutions available for backing up your computer. I recommend Dropbox because I think it is the best and easiest solution to use. Alternative solutions for backing up your computer include SugarSync, Cubby, Huddle, SkyDrive, and Google Drive. You can probably find a dozen more Dropbox competitors with cloud based file backup. If you find one that you like better than Dropbox, use it. What’s important is that you have some sort plan for backing up your computer to insure that you will never lose your irreplaceable files.
Here’s how Dropbox works. You go to Dropbox.com, give them your name, email address and a password and you are all set.
Dropbox will add a folder to your computer called Dropbox.
Any file that you copy to your Dropbox folder will automatically be backed up to the cloud (a Dropbox folder on the Internet controlled by Dropbox).
If you use programs such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or most any other software, you can make the Dropbox directory your default directory. Whenever you save or change a file, it will automatically get backed up by Dropbox. It’s a simple solution for backing up your computer!
If you install Dropbox on more than one of your computers, they are automatically synchronized. All of your files on Computer A will automatically be copied to Computer B. Add a laptop and all of your files will automatically be added to your laptop.
Use Dropbox on your smart phone, iPad, iPhone or other tablet type devices. Dropbox will let you read your files on almost any device anywhere. To access your files, all you need is your email address and password.
Use Dropbox to share your files with others. You can keep your files (music, photos, and all other documents) private or share them with others.
Amateur computer users may find it difficult to figure out where your Dropbox folder is on your computer. You can get help, tutorials or instructions at the Dropbox website, or just ask your computer literate friend to give you a 60 second lesson in finding the folder.
Now here are some important things you should know about backing up your computer with Dropbox.
Dropbox gives you 2 GBs of f*r*e*e storage. That’s enough to store hundreds of files. However, if you are storing lots of photos and larger documents, it’s going to cost you $9.95 a month. That will give you 100 GBs of storage space. It’s a small price to pay for safety.
Dropbox has a 300 MB limit on file size. This is plenty for most files. Almost all of your documents, photos, music will be far smaller than 300 MBs. However, if you are using intensive software, Dropbox will not work.
Dropbox is absolutely secure. Your data is encrypted. No one without your password can access your files. However, if you have some really private information, you may want to check with a security expert related to Dropbox safety and security before backing up your computer with Dropbox.
Dropbox gets great reviews from the experts. Using Dropbox (or any alternative cloud based file storage programs) is one of the best ways to insure that you won’t lose your essential photos, music and documents.
Once you set it up, it works automatically.
Get Dropbox at: https://www.dropbox.com/ and start backing up your computer today!