As you probably can tell now a lot of subsisting words are getting new meanings and these new definitions are certainly becoming the ones with which the said words are getting more noted for.
What comes to mind when Apple is mentioned for the tech savvy is a company known for a range of products such as the iPhones and MacBook. BlackBerry would not just be viewed as a fruit but something related to mobile devices.
Cloud is no more just a heavenly body of water but a reservoir as it were of different files, videos, photos and a whole lot more.
A firm rocking the ‘cloud’ world that needs no introduction is Dropbox. The founder of Dropbox incorporated was rejected in 2005 by Y combinator for his idea lacking then embodiment of Y combinator’s mantra “make something people want”.
Taking no for an answer Drew Houghton went on to figure out some other way and came up with the idea of Dropbox in 2007 which was warmly welcomed by Y combinator.
By the way, Y combinator is a limited liability company that supports and initially finance ideas that are seen to be viable business wise.
The company in exchange gets 7% equity in this kind of startup firms it funds — nothing good comes free! The idea stemmed from his dissatisfaction with the flash drives he uses in storing files.
His partnering co-founder is Arash Ferdowsi who remains Dropbox’s Chief Technological Officer (CTO). It is located in the city of San Francisco, California, USA. Its net worth is in the region of ten billion American dollars. Its user base is in upwards of 400 million.
Its net worth is in the region of ten billion American dollars. Its user base is in upwards of 400 million.
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Table of Content
- 1 Introducing Dropbox.com
- 2 About the Company
- 3 How to Sign up and Get Started with Dropbox
- 4 Download Dropbox
- 5 Why you should use Dropbox.com Services
- 6 Top 3 Reasons to Use Cloud Services
- 7 Why You Should Have a Rethink on Using Cloud Services
- 8 Dropbox Vs Other Services
About the Company
Dropbox Incorporated is a software development firm that offers to save and back up all types of files such as documents, videos, photos — you name it — in its memory bank. Its service model is that of freemium. A word derived from the conflation of free and premium.
A freemium service is one in which the offer is given with no condition of payment except when you intend to explore all the benefits. This is not to be mistaken with a free trial service that denies the user access to an offer after a given period of time.
Initially, clients are offered a 2 gigabyte worth of storage capacity. Exhausting this you would have no other option rather than subscribing to pay for the service on a monthly basis.
Typically it costs $8.25 for individuals and $12.5 per personnel for corporate bodies. The volume of space allotted to an individual is one terabyte but unlimited in the case of firms.
The beauty of the system is that once the account has been set up and synchronized, you can access your files from any device of your choice in whatever location you find yourself.
Not just that, there is the freedom to create a subfolder that you can allow others access if you so desire.
Typically it costs $8.25 for individuals and $12.5 per personnel for corporate bodies. The volume of space allotted to an individual is 0ne terabyte but unlimited in the case of firms.
The beauty of the system is that once the account has been set up and synchronized, you can access your files from any device of your choice in whatever location you find yourself. Not just that, there is the freedom to create a subfolder that you can allow others access if you so desire.
How to Sign up and Get Started with Dropbox
The first step I took was to search for Dropbox on Google Play store since I use the Android operating system on my phone. Dropbox is available in your own operating system too given the extensive array of its coverage. Alternatively, goto www.dropbox.com to get started.
After it is located go ahead to download and install on your mobile device. Next sign up by putting in your first and last names, email and password.
You can also use the Sign Up Free with Google to use your Google account to signup for dropbox
Proceed to set it up also on your personal computer prequel to downloading the desktop version of the app from Dropbox.com.
Run the file by clicking on install. Sign in thereafter with the pop-up menu.
Dropbox Sign In
To sign in to Dropbox App or Sign in to Dropbox.com, Simply follow the steps below;
- Lauch the dropbox app or go to www.dropbox.com
- Enter your registered email in the email field
- Enter your password (Set when signin up)
- Tap Enter or Click the Sign in button
Reset Dropbox.com Password
If you are unable to sign in to your dropbox account. follow the steps below to retrieve your account details;
- Click the Forgot Password link below the login form or goto https://www.dropbox.com/forgot
- Enter your registered email address in the next page
- An email will be sent to you containing a link to reset your password
- Open your email, open the mail from Dropbox, and click on the reset password link
- You will be redirected to dropbox.com password reset page. Enter the new password you’ll like to use and enter.
It is strongly recommended to use a unique and strong password for your email accounts and your cloud storage accounts
Now that you have successfully sign in to your dropbox.com account, you can procees to upload files in the Dropbox app copy or drag the file in question and paste or drop in that order.
Make sure you are connected to the internet during this period. Finding your way to the ‘Help’ section is very resourceful if you need further
Download Dropbox For PC
To download Dropbox for PC, Goto https://www.dropbox.com/install from any operating system and you will redirected to the installation page for your OS.
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Why you should use Dropbox.com Services
Old users of Dropbox.com know there was no provision made for commenting but this has been added to make it more interesting and interactive.
Ability to Mention People: You get to mention the person in the form of email and your comment is delivered either in their email or Dropbox.com account (if they possess an account), having Dropbox is optional for receivers of such mentions.
Collaboration: Several people can work on/edit one particular document and the changes will be there for everyone to track. The uploader of such files would need to give permission and make it public.
File Favorite: Even though Dropbox.com works best online. On a mobile device while on the move you still can toggle and put in work on your file by favoriting them beforehand.
To favorite a file, tap the star icon which will be in view when a swipe is made to the right. The action can be reversed whenever you want by tapping the star icon again.
Retrieve Previous Versions of Documents: With Dropbox’s “previous versions” feature, making the wrong adjustments on a file means to revert the errors made all you need to do is right-click on the file and choose the ‘previous versions’ option.
Retrieve Deleted FIles: Even if a file was deleted in Dropbox, there is something similar to recycle bin. Navigate to the parent folder in Dropbox.com and the “view deleted files’ will be conspicuous enough for you to see.
This is all possible due to the fact that Dropbox stores alterations on files for 30 days in the case of personal accounts and up to a year for businesses.
File Security: There is a lot of room made for security with the Dropbox.com application. Your app has a feature for locking it by entering password.
So even when your phone is stolen your details on the cloud are safe.
Then there is the Dropbox Pro that ensures you can just wipe your data to prevent intrusion the only condition being the device must be connected to the net.
File Request Feature: The file request feature gives you the liberty to ask for files from other people.
This is done by navigating to the file request page. Create a title for the files you want to request for. Afterward, Dropbox generates a link for you that you now share with those that you need this help from.
This way when your request are replied, they all aggregate in the title subfolder earlier created. This is helpful in cases of projects and assignments given in the universities when you were unavoidably absent.
With the request feature you get to partake fully even if you had traveled to some other country probably you are an overseas student and exigencies meant you had to be back home to attend to issues.
Multilingual: Dropbox does not fall short of fall short of its global reputation coming preloaded in several languages such as Chinese, French, Korean, Malaysian, Polish, Portuguese, Ukranian and of course English, the list of languages is not even exhausted here.
Compatible with Major Operating Systems: Its reach in terms of the operating systems it covers is quite extensive as it is very compatible with Android, Windows, OS X, Meego, iOS, BlackBerry OS including BlackBerry 10 OS. You can install for all devices at dropbox.com.
Track your Changes: Another notable feature of Dropbox.com is the ‘even tab’ that keeps track of the timeline of the changes you have made.
Some Common Questions about DropBox?
So what if the Dropbox servers hosting your files fails even if it is momentarily what will be the outcome? Well, your files will remain in the folders but features such as synchronizing and sharing of data would automatically cease to function and uploading of files to Dropbox will be as well disabled. Synchronization is actually automatic so you are not the one to initiate it.
Is there any Free Storage? There is room for referrals where you make extra 250 megabytes space for everyone you successfully invite. This referral bonus is capped at 8 gigabytes.
Why can’t I find my newly added files? Public folder comes pre-installed and usually takes some minutes to update itself. So if a file is added to this folder and you jump on it right away you might come across the pop-up message “error404: file not found”. Not to worry check back few minutes thereafter your file should be fetched for you.
Are my folders synchronized across all devices? With the web (www.dropbox.com) interface, you can create new folders which should automatically synchronize with all the others of your devices when online. However, on the Dropbox app, only one folder is permitted.
What access level is granted to people I shared? The people you share files or subfolder with have same unrestricted access and control over what is been shared and as such they can delete as much or even all files as they deem right.
Good thing with Dropbox is you still can recover files deleted by others.
Two other ways you can exercise control over shared files is to remove whoever your instinct tell you could cause trouble. The other option is to undo the sharing.
Top 3 Reasons to Use Cloud Services
There are several reasons you should back up your data. Some are pretty plausible and obvious. Below are 3 of those reasons;
1. If you are familiar with personal computers you must have heard of computers crashing. One of the issues associated with a crashed laptop or desktop is the loss of data.
It takes some serious effort before these data and files can be retrieved which sometimes does not even happen.
There is a common method aside setting aside a portion of the hard drive for back up to instead store all files in computer that are considered important. Even at that, we all know that as long as it is a hardware device it is still susceptible to damages which can and does affect the software. Some of such incidence could be in times of fire outbreak where
Some of such incidence could be in times of fire outbreak where device gets burnt beyond repair. Another is when devices fall by accident into some body of water or get unavoidably drenched not to mention the cases of theft.
In the process of usage, viruses can cause the drive irreversible damages by corrupting files. If your files are saved in the cloud even though it would hurt that your device is lost yet there will be some form of consolation knowing that all your files and data are in safe hands. This is the beauty of the cloud.
2. Dropbox goes beyond just storing files as you must have figured in the process of reading this piece. There are other benefits such as sharing beneficial information in an interactive manner such as doctors in different locales linking up to proffer solutions to an ailment or a surgical procedure. An advert of this kind is one I see often on CNN sponsored by Microsoft.
3. Imagine you not remembering to carry your computer or flash drive that contains the information you need let’s say for an important presentation. With a mobile device in your
With a mobile device in your hand, you can easily access your file and make your presentation without much ado. This point of forgetting your flash drive according to Wikipedia was the original reason that brought forth the idea of Dropbox.
Why You Should Have a Rethink on Using Cloud Services
The issue of hacking has been around for some time now. But the extent it got to in 2016 was never heard of. Some would say it was the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s emails that ultimately contributed to her defeat in the US presidential election.
From the level of her being favored by the Democratic National Congress upper echelon to the detriment of her most formidable opponent Bernie Sanders to cases of US nationals that were killed in Libya, the list just goes on. That aside is Yahoo now sending us, that is users of Yahoo accounts
The confidence of users of the internet on data security is at the lowest ebb ever. As we speak now, the US and Russia are still embroiled in a back and forth of the hacking of the email accounts of US politicians.
So no matter how owners of cloud services, not excluding Dropbox.com would want to paint cloud services as safe and secure, no one gives the luxury of implicit trust to these big data companies, since they get compromised at one point in time in most cases.
Is Dropbox worth the $8.25 Monthly Cost?
Then is the issue of cost, as individuals a lot people would be curious as to what is being saved that would warrant them to fork out $8.25 every month.
A guy was mentioning the other day how he would rather subscribe to all other freemium cloud service companies just to gather more volume of storage rather than sticking with one and paying for its exorbitant monthly dues as he put it.
Weeks back, Evernote was in the eye of the storm for telling the public that they will pry into the users’ privacy simply to improve their services. Public outcry made them rescind their earlier position.
In June 2011, users of Dropbox for those that were online at the time were left unshielded and vulnerable for about four hours due to security breach caused by issues with authentication code.
Then again in 2012, another case came up in July when an employee’s account was hacked and in the process the account of users were spammed. And we thought that was all, in August 2016 about 68 million passwords stolen way back in 2012 were published.
Dropbox Vs Other Services
All three operating system providers, Apple, Google and Microsoft are competitors. For Dropbox to still be thriving and doing well means they are definitely some things right.
I’d prefer to talk about Box for now. It started out as a college project of Aaron Levie and went mainstream in 2005.
Box has performed below par considering the fact that it came into being before the advent of Dropbox. It was as if Dropbox is coined from the phrase ‘Drop box’ literally telling us not to patronize Box.
Other Services by Dropbox Incorporated
Dropbox Incorporated is into auditing and administrative controls of corporate IT departments. It also involved in the development of applications for some of the most reputable firms in the world.