What is Dropbox And How To Use Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud storage program that offers a great way for you to store and access your data from virtually anywhere with an internet connection. It is designed for people that want to access their files from anywhere, but don’t like to carry around a thumb drive or email files to their own email address. It has become increasingly popular, as more and more people are moving to the cloud. If you are looking for something that will help you to manage your files easier, then it may be something worth looking into. Let’s take a closer look at how it works, and how it may benefit you.

How Dropbox Works

When you create a Dropbox account, it gives you a folder that will sync with all of your devices. When you save a file, you will simply add it to your Dropbox folder on your desktop, or on any of your other devices. It doesn’t require you to have a large storage space on your desktop, because the data is stored virtually through the cloud. It works on a variety of devices, including PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and many Android devices, among others.

Accessing Your Dropbox Account

Accessing your account is not difficult. In fact, when you set your account up, you will be able to sync the folder on all devices. Then, when you login to your account, whether you are on your desktop or on your mobile device, you will be able to view the folder and open the documents. You can even log in from another computer, go to Dropbox.com, and login to your account to view your folders. You don’t even have to keep the icon on your desktop, although this is the easiest way to drag and drop files to be saved and synced. It is really quite simple, and anyone with any background with computers should be able to do it.

The Benefits of Using Dropbox

Dropbox offers a variety of benefits. While it is obviously a great place to store your data because it allows you to access it anywhere, it has other benefits that you should consider as well:

  • You can store audio, video, photo, and other document types.
  • You can sync devices across the globe, with just the click of a button.
  • You can recover your deleted files for up to 30 days, or longer with a paid account.
  • You can use the software to share files and folders with friends and family.
  • You always have a backup of your data, even if you lose it on a particular device.

As you can see, Dropbox is really an effective tool that can be used for a variety of different reasons. If it isn’t something that you have tried before, then it may be time for you to take a look into it. It could really prove beneficial to you- even if you just use it as a way to backup your files virtually so that you don’t have to worry about losing important documents in the event that your computer is stolen, damaged, or compromised. It is also safe to use, and your data is always secure.

Share Files Easily

One of the biggest advantages is the file sharing. Any time you want to share a file with someone, as long as they have a Dropbox account, you can just click share and choose the folder or file. It shares instantly. You can even make shared folders that you share with everyone in your family, which is a great way to share family photos. It is also great for business use, because it allows you to share your information with everyone in the workplace with ease. It is an essential tool for businesses, for sure, as well as individuals.

Pricing Structures

So, just how much does Dropbox cost? If you look into it, you will find that they offer a free version. This gives you up to 2GB of storage space, and you don’t have to pay anything for it. This is sometimes enough for some people, and they even have a great referral program that allows you to earn more storage space.

They also offer paid memberships, and they are as follows:

  • 100GB for $9.99/mo or $99/year
  • 200GB for $19.99/mo or $199/year
  • 500GB for $49.99/mo or $499/year

For teams that need a great deal of storage space, they also have the Dropbox Teams option, which costs roughly $795 annually. It can be used by up to 5 users, and it offers a terabyte of storage space. It also offers 200GB of additional storage space for any new users that may be added later. These added users are $125 annually.

How to Get Started

To get started with Dropbox, you will start by downloading the software to your computer. You will also want to get the apps on your mobile devices. Register for your account and install the folder onto your desktop. You will then be ready to start using the program, and start reaping the benefits. It only takes just a few minutes to download it.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, Dropbox can really be a great tool. It is easy to download, and easy to use. It is designed so that just about anyone that uses a computer should be able to use it. It offers free storage options for those that want to try it out, or those that just simply don’t need a lot of storage space. It is something that people wish they had around many years ago, because it really just helps to make life a lot easier. You always have your files on the go, and you can share with just a few clicks. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Sign up – start using Dropbox today!

Familio – An App for Just the Family

Familio Logo
Familio Logo

There are some things in life that you only want to share with your family and no one else. Whether they are your secret baby photos or some distant memory of your childhood, some things are better kept within the family circle. But how can you do that when the privacy settings of social media platforms are becoming too complex or unreliable? The answer is: with Familio.

This safe and exclusive photo and video sharing platform allows you to connect with a very close network of your family members. This way, you can ensure that your private moments are only shared with the people you want. Launched recently, this is a universal app that is available on Android, iOS and the web, connecting families across different countries, platforms and generations. All your family moments and memories can now be shared without having to worry about privacy settings.

So, why not do that on any other social network? While it is true that most popular social networking platforms allow you to share photos and videos with people, it is difficult to ensure that they will stay exclusive. Even if you use customization lists and filters, which many people are not aware of anyway, there are still no guarantees that you have covered everything and your photos and videos are protected from the eyes of strangers.

Familio understands that people are tired of checking into their numerous social media profiles from time to time for regular updates and they definitely don’t need another social media platform. This is why it has come up with an app-like platform that is easy to use, even for the Grandma who abhors any mention of websites and technology. The app is always active in the background and offers a push notification system that easily lets you see the latest photos of your family member no matter how limited your knowledge of technology is.

The always-on function of Familio eliminates the need of checking the app regularly for updates. When there is something new worth seeing, the app will alert you automatically. You can either install it on your phone as an app or you could have it as an extension running in your browser’s background. In both cases, regular notifications will alert you when new photos are posted. You can browse through your Familio album any time you want and relive the memories that truly bring you together. Besides, the feature allows you to share print-quality, high resolution pictures taken from a number of sources while collecting them on a single platform instead of leaving them scattered.

So celebrate the bonds of family with Familio, the app dedicated to ensuring safe sharing within your family’s network.


Install owncloud on GoDaddy

owncloud Welcome Screen
The final result

Owncloud is AWESOME. I really love it, especially because it gives you full control of your data on your own server. To sum it up, imagine you can use dropbox, using your own server instead of dropbox’s.

If you haven’t tried it yet, take a look and try to install it on your shared hosting server, local server or a vps at a major hosting company: http://owncloud.org/

I decided to install it on Godaddy‘s server, because it’s cheep, reliable and fast. When I went to install it, I spent 2 days trying to figure out what went wrong (no css for some reason) and why I couldn’t get it to work well (I also made a call to their technical support center… with no luck). By the way, although they don’t publish it anywhere on the web, they do have toll-free number – see it here.

Anyway, to make a long story short, here’s what you should do in order to install owncloud on godaddy properly:

1. Download Owncloud source files, unzip it and upload it to the server via ftp.

2. Create a file called php5.ini add the following code to the file [using notepad] and upload it to the root directory:

cgi.fix_pathinfo = 1

3. Look for the .htaccess file in your root directory, and replace it’s content with the following:

ErrorDocument 403 /core/templates/403.php
ErrorDocument 404 /core/templates/404.php
<IfModule mod_php5.c>
php_value upload_max_filesize 513M
php_value post_max_size 513M
php_value memory_limit 512M
<IfModule env_module>
SetEnv htaccessWorking true
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
#Fix Rewrite
Options -Multiviews
RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond $1 !^(index\.php|css|gfx|js|swf|robots\.txt|favicon\.ico)
#RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php/$1 [L]
RewriteRule .* - [env=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
RewriteRule ^.well-known/host-meta /public.php?service=host-meta [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^.well-known/carddav /remote.php/carddav/ [R]
RewriteRule ^.well-known/caldav /remote.php/caldav/ [R]
RewriteRule ^apps/calendar/caldav.php remote.php/caldav/ [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^apps/contacts/carddav.php remote.php/carddav/ [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^apps/([^/]*)/(.*\.(css|php))$ index.php?app=$1&getfile=$2 [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^remote/(.*) remote.php [QSA,L]
<IfModule mod_mime.c>
AddType image/svg+xml svg svgz
AddEncoding gzip svgz
Options -Indexes

Save the .htaccess file, upload it back to your server, and Ta-Da!

Hope this helped you out.

Thanks steveyoung82 for the tip!