Pricing & Plans6.5/10
Ease of use8.5/10
- Easy to use
- Quality sync options
- Good file retrieving options
- Diverse support
- No backup feature
- Limited sharing options
- Hacked in 2012
Does it work as it should? It certainly does. The reason why I decided to review Dropbox is quite simple. Dropbox is one of the most popular hosting companies out there, and there is a reason for that. It's very simple to use, and I haven't encountered any serious problems or had any issues with it. It offers a variety of features that are quite useful. Dropbox pricing & plans seem alright as well when compared to their competition, however, there are cheaper equally good alternatives.
While doing good on almost every field, Dropbox fails to provide a proper solution for backup of your files. If you're looking specifically for a backup service, then you should not stop here and continue searching.
None the less, this is one of the cloud storages that I would recommend to you.
Read more about Dropbox down below.
Dropbox offers a few different plans. They have 3 plans that are meant for personal users and 2 that are meant for businesses.
|Dropbox Basic||Free||2 GB||Free plan for basic users. The storage limit can be increased through referrals.|
€9.99 / month
€99 / year(17% off)
|1000 GB||Plan for average users that need more storage. It also comes with additional features.|
€19.99 / month
€199 / year(17% off)
|1000 GB||Dropbox plan for advanced users that want advanced controls and features.|
|Dropbox Standard||€10 / user / month||2000 GB||Plan for smaller businesses. It also comes with a 30 day trial period.|
|Dropbox Advanced||€15 / user / month||Unlimited||Plan for bigger enterprises.|
Who's it not for would be the right question here. It offers a lot of features that have proved to be useful over the time I was using it. It's very straightforward and easy to use. If you're somebody that needs just a bit of storage for your school assignment, a few photos or just enough space for those word documents that your co-worker sent you from work, then the free "Basic Dropbox" plan is for you. It offers more than you will ever need. If you would like to get the bigger storage, you can always do so by paying the upgrade cost.
If you're looking for a cloud service that will automatically backup files on your personal computer or your smartphone, then Dropbox is not the company you want to go with. The backup feature is one of the few things this cloud service hasn't got to offer.
Dropbox is generally a very easy cloud storage to use. Every person, weather you're a computer wizard or just an everyday average user, should be able and will be able to learn how to use it. You log into your account and just upload your files, weather that's in folders and sub folders or just on its own. Dropbox isn't just a cloud service, it also offers you to share files or even allows other people to upload files to your account. The data can be shared by creating a link that anyone can access or just send them via e-mail.
Dropbox has developed a program that you can download to your computer. With Dropbox's Selective Sync feature, you can prevent certain folders from syncing on all of your computers, if you wish to keep them separate on only one PC. They are just simply uploaded to the cloud instead.
I find this one of the best features of Dropbox. Whatever I am doing I just simply drag the files into the folder as I would to my hard drive. You then wait for a second or two, depending on your internet speed for the files to sync across all platforms. The files are uploaded to the folder instantly though, and you can continue to use them while they're uploading, it feels so natural, and it's just another "drive" where you can store your files. Moreover, if you're offline, you can still access the folder and use all of its contents.
You can share your files with whoever you want really. Even to people that don't own Dropbox. You just click on the share button and you can then forward files or whole folders. When you do that it creates a new link which you can then send to your friends to edit or view. It also gives you additional moderation options where you can decide on various things like:
- People can edit or just view
- Pro feature: Put a password on your link
- Pro feature: Add an expiry date on your link
Even if your PC has a meltdown your files saved in the cloud won't be affected by it. In case you're using the Dropbox desktop application your files are actually backed up multiple times.
Data that you erase or overwrite is by default saved for 30 days. That is in the free version. In case you decide to upgrade to the Pro version all your deleted files and overwritten versions will stay there indefinitely for you to grab back at any time.
As a lot of you probably know Dropbox is known for having a security breach back in 2012. They do have an advanced security system in place, but as you see even that can't be enough at some point.
For advanced users: Dropbox files are encrypted using 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Dropbox uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) to protect data in transit between Dropbox apps and their servers; it's designed to create a secure tunnel protected by 128-bit or higher Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption.
Two-step verification is available for an extra layer of security to log in. You can choose to receive security codes by text message or via any Time-Based One-Time Password (TOTP) apps, such as Google Authenticator.
Dropbox has already created a Dropbox Help Center to which anyone can access. From the help centre, you can access guides, how-to videos and support articles.
A lot of the questions that you might have are probably already answered there or on their forums. If you will have any additional questions regarding the programs they're offering, there's a live chat for you to use. In case you're having any technical difficulties you can contact their support directly. If you need assistance with anything, you will get it, whether it's using the Help Center, the forums or by messaging them directly.
This feature allows you to create a folder to which can access only the people you add to your team. Free groups are designed for Basic and Pro users who cooperate at the same organisation or on the same tasks. When you make or join an open group, you gain access to the team folder. Your private and team folder stay separated and are not combined.
This feature allows more people to work on one document at the same time. It's still in Beta, so they're improving the functionality as time progresses. They're creating their own "Word", but it's online, and you can edit it as you go along. I personally wouldn't use the feature as it lacks so many of the things that you could do in your Microsoft Office. Just create the files and share them via the Team feature.
Dropbox supports iOS, Windows Phone and Android systems.
The Dropbox mobile application allows you to access your files anywhere you are. It feels the same as if I would be browsing on my computer. It also adds an additional feature to upload your photos automatically. I guess you could call that one way to backup your photos. Overall it's a nice looking interface, and the whole application is well made. Here's a screenshot of it.
Dropbox is a very useful cloud storage, and you won't miss if you decide to use it. Keep in mind that if you would like the automatic backup of files as well, go ahead and pick another cloud storage.
Dropbox offers a wide variety of features. However, it lacks in the privacy area. If you would like to have a cloud storage that has no access to your files and is based on a "Zero-knowledge" platform and offers client-side protection, I would suggest you take a look at pCloud.com or Sync.com.
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