Anyone on here use Dropbox?

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March 23, 2011 at 07:35:44
Specs: Windows 7, 2.7ghz/3 gig
I've been using the free version of dropbox for the past few weeks and have found it extremely useful. When I signed up, I started out with 2GB of free online storage but have now expanded that to 4.25GB by recommending people. Being a student, it has been nice to be able to work on files at home and keeping them in my dropbox knowing that if I go to any computer on campus I will have access to them easily. Also, I found an app on the android market that automatically backs up all the apps and phone data on my Evo to my dropbox account every other night at 2am, and even another database app that has dropbox compatibilities and backs up to it. If any of you want to try it out, sign up through this link (www.DropBox.com)and you and I both will receive an extra 250MB.

Does anyone else on here use this program/free service? If so, what ways have you found it useful?

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#1
March 23, 2011 at 09:04:31
I guess I don't see the advantage of placing your files out in the cloud where who knows what can happen to them.

You could use a flash drive to transport your files.


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#2
March 23, 2011 at 10:03:17
I'm pretty sure Google Docs, does about the same thing,
but I'm with OtheHill,
who knows what's going on with there servers,
who has access, etc. etc.

Flash drive, I control....

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#3
March 23, 2011 at 12:29:06
Are you guys familiar with TrueCrypt? I found a forum online where someone was talking about having the same concerns you have expressed, so they just created a truecrypt container and placed it in their dropbox so everything was encrypted securely, and placed a portable version of truecrypt in there also so they could access the encrypted volume. May seem like a lot of work, but it's actually not, and pretty practical considering having a free datastore in the cloud and the synchronization that you get across multiple devices.


Also, I use google docs for my personal domain and the gmail account I setup to use with the Android device, but that is more of an upload/download type process; whereas dropbox is an automatic synchronization with the option to recover deleted or changed files for a given amount of time.

Just tryin to spread the love on something that I'm finding pretty useful.

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#4
March 23, 2011 at 14:45:26
Sounds more like your work from Dropbox. Google is not to be trusted, nor is the Cloud. And encryptions are made to be broken.

here's a cloud for you


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#5
March 23, 2011 at 20:08:05
I use TrueCrypt also... dead safe and secure! Didn't know there was a portable version though.

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#6
March 23, 2011 at 21:10:57
All my life my father preached to me to take care of my stuff saying that if I leave it for someone else to take care they surely won't. For many years now I have preached the same to my kids saying if you won't take care of why should anyone else. Now I am supposed to let someone, for free even, take care of things that may be rather important to me? Maybe I am silly or old fashioned but why would I let someone I don't know and will never know that can't be truly held accountable manage what I can for myself with ease? I currently have over 3 terabytes of storage space if I manage to max that out, doubtful, I'll buy more.

Likely


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#7
March 23, 2011 at 21:31:36
I used drop box to share a great program...worked great. I deleted my file after a few days as that is all the time i needed and it served the purpose well

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#8
March 25, 2011 at 05:19:22
I don't see myself using an online storage service. Some of the other responders made good points; who knows who can access that data?

Since you're a student, your University/College may have it's own server storage available for Faculty/Staff/Students. You may want to check it out. It would be "more secure" than any of those other services IMHO.


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#9
March 25, 2011 at 05:44:07
I'm with the majority here....I don't trust anybody else to take care of my stuff.

I have my home LAN all setup for remote access and if I want to share a file with someone else, it's a matter of only a couple minutes to setup ftp on my UNIX based firewall box and do the port forward on my SOHO Router.

I have all my PC's set to backup and the backups are stored on my PC's that have RAID's on them. I also perform a backup to DVD-RW's weekly and store those in my office at work.

As Jennifer said, most colleges provide network storeage for students that they can access from anywhere on campus and frequently, from off campus as well.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#10
March 25, 2011 at 06:43:55
Decided to check into dropbox a little. this is what I found:

"From Dropbox:

Dropbox works just like any other folder on your computer, but with a few differences. Any files or folders inside Dropbox will get synchronized to Dropbox's servers and any other computer linked to your account. Green checkmarks will appear on top of your files to let you know that they're synced and up to date. All data is transferred over SSL and encrypted with AES-256 before storage. Dropbox keeps track of every change made to any of its contents".


Read more: Dropbox - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com http://download.cnet.com/Dropbox/30...


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#11
March 25, 2011 at 06:46:26
What are your opinions after looking into it?

My whole reason for liking it was mainly the synchronization between any amount of multiple computers and android and iOS devices.

As for the storage in the cloud, this is not something I put on here saying I was backing up my entire PC's to, which I do locally with a server running RAID 10.

Yes, my university offers storage in the form of GoogleDocs, as each students university email account is run through corporate gmail accounts. I do not see any difference between storing files on there or dropbox, except dropbox stores any and all files and folders I create in it in their original format. As I stated earlier, any concerns of privacy could be met with encryption from a third party application, such as TrueCrypt.

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#12
March 25, 2011 at 07:08:44
My opinion of the concept hasn't changed. The fact that in addition to storing a copy of your selected files remotely, it also syncs to a folder on your hard drive disturbs me. I would not use such a service.

Response #7 above seems to be a legitimate use of the service but seems cumbersome because I am assuming both parties accessing the file would need to install the software.

Relying on this remote storage could make your data inaccessible in the future, should the service fold or change the encryption routine. IMO this is not a replacement for backing up your files, which it may be used for.


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#13
March 25, 2011 at 07:24:27
Please pardon my persistence of this topic, but I enjoy hearing what others think and have to say. I am not discounting any of your views or concerns, but I find it a good learning source to discuss these things.

In no way would the data become inaccessible to me, as it is stored on my pc and in my own backups. Also, once again, this is a 4GB container, and no mention has be made of using this service solely to backup the files it syncs; I rely on my own backups for that.

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#14
March 25, 2011 at 07:43:52
I am guessing at this point that you have a relationship with dropbox.

Most computer users do NOT make backups. If they use dropbox they may have a false sense of security. then when their Windows installation goes South they have a problem.

Now, own up to your relationship with dropbox.


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#15
March 25, 2011 at 07:54:23
I am not in bed with DropBox I promise! Just something a friend mentioned and I started using and have found pretty useful. Although they probably would pay better than where I'm working now...lol

As for most computer users not backing up, believe me I am familiar with that. When not at the office, I find myself restoring friends/families files and installations quite often. I'd feel naked if I didn't have a reliable backup solution of my own.

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#16
March 25, 2011 at 08:06:02
Well, going back to dropbox, 2GB is not much space. Why not just use flash drives?

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#17
March 25, 2011 at 08:11:16
I'm with most of the other posters here. There have been various free online storage sytems in the past, so DropBox is nothing new in this respect. 4GB is not enough space for a decent backup, and it's too slow anyway, but it's going to eat into people's data usage if they are not on an unlimited connection. Backups are not a problem nowadays when you can buy huge external hard drives for next to nothing.

The data is not safe; if you can access it over the network then somebody else can, encryption or not. If I need to transport data with me I can store far more than this on a USB stick, an SD card, or something similar.

Maybe it's just a distrust of big corporations and a knowledge of how easy it can be to hack into people's accounts. It's not for me.


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#18
March 25, 2011 at 08:17:29
I do use flash drives, own between 10 or 15 if I had to count.

Ijack: Not being used as a backup, thats been said about three times now. I think the real difference here is mainly like stated, a distrust.

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#19
March 25, 2011 at 08:43:42
Why would you need 10 to 15 flash drives?

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#20
March 25, 2011 at 09:34:33
Most are promotional ones given away, a few from work. Usually just use my titanium cruzer if I need a flash drive, I really only use one or two of them.

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#21
March 25, 2011 at 09:53:21
What kind of job do you have as a student that would give away flash drives?

I still suspect you are a shill for dropbox.


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#22
March 25, 2011 at 10:46:51
I don't really see the point in this discussion getting personal, especially since I've been around this forum for a few years.

22 years old, working as an IT admin at a tool and die company that also has their offices attached. The flash drives are sometimes given to us from vendors and every once in a while a customer. Been going to school for four years now after the clock hits five. Don't see the need for that info but I don't plan on leaving this forum so I guess I don't want people thinking I'm a "shill" for something, other than my actual place of business anyways.

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#23
March 25, 2011 at 11:47:41
Well, I may have been harsh but my reason was you were pushing dropbox too hard.

This site relies on the ads to pay the bills. There are constantly folks trying to do an end run around paying for ads. Sorry if I have offended you. Your user name didn't ring a bell with me. I see you have been around for a while but only have 169 posts.

I do understand you can gain more storage space by getting others to sign up when using your dropbox link.


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#24
March 25, 2011 at 11:50:16
Sure can, and the person the signs up gets extra space too. Sorry if it sounded like a plug for something.

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#25
March 25, 2011 at 11:52:33
Well, as I said, I am not interested.

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#26
April 2, 2011 at 21:10:41
I use SugarSync. I switched from DropBox because I though the SS functions were more flexible - syncing, storage, sharing; but DropBox was changing, so probably they do all that now too. But SS starts out with 5G of space, and like DB, gives incentives (contact me if interested).

I had good results with SS's transfer rates. I use GFI to back up user files. Then Cobian stacks seven copies up for a week's worth of local backup (GFI doesn't do stacking well). Then SS copies the current GFI set to the cloud. The GFI set is encrypted. And though the backup set is 1.2G, typically only 25M gets transferred, since SS uses block copying. I also keep local images of my whole system.

The net result is that I have both local and cloud copies of my user files and settings. This way fire and theft will not cause data loss. The entire routine takes about 12 minutes per day.


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