Dropbox Review

Dropbox, one of the most well-known names in cloud storage, holds their place near the top of the industry by offering flexible and secure plans that work with all major platforms and budgets.

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The Good

Added security for peace of mind

In addition to SSL encryption of your files, Dropbox offers two-step verification to help protect your information and verify that you’re the only user accessing the account. To set this up, head over to the Security tab of your account settings and enable two-step verification. Then, decide whether you want to receive your security codes by text message or through the Dropbox mobile app. After that, you’re sent a security code in whatever form you chose and, once you verify your phone number, you’re all set. Every time you log in to your account, you enter your password and a security code is sent to your phone. Enter that and you’re granted access to your account. This isn’t a service commonly offered by cloud storage providers, but when security is top priority, it’s something you definitely want on your side.

Earn free storage space without paying

Dropbox gives you several easy opportunities to earn bonus storage without upgrading your plan. Right away, Dropbox gives you the chance to earn an additional 250MB of storage just by completing a list of basic tasks like installing the desktop app on your computer, putting files in your Dropbox folder, and taking a tour of the service online. Social media presents some more easy ways to increase the amount of storage space in your account. Connecting Dropbox to your Facebook and Twitter accounts and following the company on Twitter earns you an additional 125MB per activity. Referring friends or providing feedback to Dropbox also adds on to your total storage limit. If you perform all these activities and still require more storage space, there’s always the option to upgrade to one of Dropbox’s paid plans.

Never lose changes to documents

Dropbox prevents any changes from being lost or overwritten by creating conflicted copies when a file is being edited on multiple devices at the same time. Each version is saved separately and you can view details of when the conflict took place and who created it. You can then go back in later and view the two separate versions and combine the changes into a single file. This resource is incredibly valuable for teams because it enables multiple people to work on a document at the same time. It’s also helpful if you’re working on a file on one computer and forget to save your changes since you can edit the file right where you left off from another device.

Access your files from any device

Dropbox works with all major operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. Download the desktop app to get started uploading files or log in to your account from any web browser. When you aren’t near a computer, check out Dropbox’s mobile apps for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Kindle devices. These apps work in a very similar way to the desktop programs and enable you to view, download, and share your files. It’s also possible to edit files directly from within the apps. And, of course, you’re also able to back up the photos and videos stored on your phone or tablet.

Supports files of all sizes

When uploading files to the cloud from Dropbox’s desktop or mobile apps, there are no restrictions on how small the files have to be. The only time there is a limit is when you’re uploading directly to your Dropbox web account, in which case the files must be 10GB or less. This should be fine for the majority of documents, but if you do have larger files that need uploading, such as videos, you must use the desktop app. Other than that, go ahead and upload whatever you want to your Dropbox account as long as you stay below your total storage space limit.

Customized apps for enhanced productivity

Dropbox business plans integrate with thousands of third-party applications, including those that help you improve communication with your team, sign documents, and even connect to the project management software you already use. These tools are ideal for collaborating with other team members and improving overall productivity. By downloading the apps, you don’t need to jump back and forth between your cloud storage account, your project management account, and your email inbox.

The Bad

Business plans expensive for large teams

Dropbox’s paid cloud storage plans require you to pay a monthly fee for each user and, for businesses with large teams, this could add up quickly. That said, business plans come with unlimited amounts of storage, advanced tools for managing employees and files, and top-notch customer support, so you’re still getting a lot for your money. However, Dropbox may not be the most cost-effective solution if your budget is tight. Before committing to a purchase, calculate how much you’re willing to spend.

Can't transfer files over FTP

Dropbox doesn’t offer any way for you to transfer your files to your account using FTP and they don’t have any plans to add this technology in the future. For most people, this probably won’t be a cause for concern. However, organizations who work with large files on a regular basis and need a quick way to transfer them might be better off looking into a company that does offer FTP, such as Box.

The Details

Personal Plans

  • Max File Size: Unlimited
  • Monthly Price: $0 - $9.99
  • Storage Limits: 2GB - 1TB

Business Plans

  • Max File Size: Unlimited
  • Monthly Price: $15/user
  • Storage Limits: Unlimited

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