Easiest data backups: Dropbox

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Thursday 17 June 2010.

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We're finding Dropbox such a great service that we thought it was worth posting a note about.

Dropbox is without a doubt the EASIEST way to keep your data automatically backed-up in the cloud.

It’s a freemium service which allows you to sign up and receive 2GB of data backups for free. It’s only $9.99 USD per month for 50GB and there’s bigger plans available if required.

Once you’ve got an account, you simply install the cross-platform software, which adds a folder to your desktop. From there, any files you save to the folder will automatically back-up onto Dropbox in the background. If you have several computers that need access to the same files, you can share the folders with those computers so that everyone has access to the same files.

Although it’s still a beta service, we’ve been using it for a few months without any problems, in conjunction with several other data storage services. Dropbox is definitely a win in terms of pricing and ease of use, however like any data backup system, don’t rely on it alone! We also use DreamHost’s Files Forever, Amazon S3, a version control system and additional online and offline systems.

Dropbox is a great place to start if you’re short on time but have that nagging sensation that you should be backing up your data right now.