Cool Tool Review: Dropbox

Want to sync and back up your files? Drop everything.

Dropbox As more and more people work remotely, there’s a greater need for productivity tools that will allow people to work in a virtual team environment. Using cloud base applications makes this all possible and provides greater flexibility and increased opportunities.

One tool that I recommend and use with my clients is Dropbox. When working on a project, I can easily save my files to Dropbox and make it available for my clients which allows them to view or edit the document without having to save or email multiple versions. Changes made on a document will synchronize it on all devices that have the same Dropbox file.

You can share folders by simply sending an email invitation which will provide them with a link to accept your invite. If your file is in a public folder, with the proper link anyone will have access to the document. If you’ve created a private folder to share, the only thing your invitees will have to do is sign up for their own Dropbox account.

The best part is that you can also bring your files with you when you’re on the go and even edit them in your Dropbox from your phone.  Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website. It’s also a great tool for backing up your important files.

Just recently, Dropbox announced that they have gone from 4 million users in January 2010 to now 25 million users and has more than 200 million files saved each day. This is pretty impressive and confirms that the trend and demand for cloud computing tools is definitely increasing.

Here’s more about Dropbox with Carley Knobloch from Digitwirl…

Between home computers, work computers, Smartphones, Netbooks and Tablets chances are you’ve needed something from one device when you’re on another. Or, you spend tons of time emailing documents, files and pictures to yourself so you can access them elsewhere. Not only is it annoying, but it’s completely unnecessary.

If you want to be able get a hold of your digital files no matter where you are then check out Dropbox– quite simply the easiest online storage app around. Once you download it to your computer you can just drag and drop any file into your Dropbox folder where it will live safe and sound in an encrypted cloud (watch our video to see exactly what that means).

Breathe easy knowing your files are synced, backed up, easily accessible, and can even be shared with other people. Check out this week’s video, and not only will you learn all about Dropbox, but Carley will reveal a secret talent she shares with another clever blonde.

Carley KnoblochDigitwirl is the weekly web show that offers simple solutions to modern day problems. In 3-minutes, Digitwirl brings busy women the very best time, money, and sanity-saving technology, and then teaches them how to use it, step-by-step. Digitwirl was created by technology lifestyle expert Carley Knobloch, who uses lots of technology to manage her busy life as mom of two and entrepreneur. Become a subscriber to get weekly show alerts and exclusive deals at Digitwirl.com, or follow Digitwirl on Twitter at @digitwirl.

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