It’s not inconceivable that many of us may have at most (or at least) four devices we use to connect to the web to conduct business and/or leisure. We could have a desktop computer in our study at the house, a notebook/laptop computer that goes with us wherever we can take it, a smartphone or PDA to fill in when we can’t take our notebook/laptop, and a work computer on our desk at the job.

Because we have all these devices, it’s very possible that we find ourselves uber frustrated when we realize that something we desperately need is on our work computer, but we’re at home or out of town and can’t get to that particular computer or to the work VPN (virtual private network). We need that file, image, video, whatever is it, to do that thing we need to do.

Enter: Dropbox

As the title of this article says, Dropbox, started in 2007 by MIT graduates Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, “allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically.”

For free, you can create a 2GB, basic account, and if you find you need more storage than that there are 50GB and 100GB accounts for a monthly or yearly fee.

Features of the service include:

  • automatic sync across all your computers, whether their OS is Windows, Linux or Mac
  • sync any type of file or file size, as long as it doesn’t exceed your storage limit
  • share folders with other users to collaborate on projects
  • when you remove someone from a shared folder, you can also remove the shared files from their computers at the same time
  • the automatic, online backup includes a 30-day undo history, so that if you delete a file or folder accidentally it’s not totally gone right away
  • there are free Dropbox applications for Android, Blackberry, iPad and iPhone

Use this link to set up your Dropbox account, and you’ll receive an extra 250MB of storage. Once you are set up, you will receive your own referral link to share with family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances. When they sign up using your referral link, they will get an extra 250MB of storage and so will you. Dropbox allows you to amass up to 6GB of storage from referrals, which means you could eventually have a Dropbox account with up to 8GB of storage space.

Best of all, that entire 8GB is free!

Check out the Dropbox video for even more information.

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