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Dropbox


Today I am going to introduce you to a different way of sharing files.  That way is Dropbox.  Dropbox is a piece of software that allows you to store all your files, securely, online.  With your files stored online  you can then access them from anywhere with an internet connection.

How does Dropbox work?

Dropbox installs a folder onto your computer during initial set up.  Anything you store inside that folder is then automatically synchronised with the Dropbox online servers allowing you to access your files from anywhere.  It is that simple.  You can run Dropbox on Windows, Linux and Mac which allows easy set up of a cross platform network.  It can also provide a solution when accessing network resources from tablets too.

How much does it cost?

Personal

You get 2 Gb free.  It costs $9.99 for 100 Gb or $19.99 for 200Gb.  All these prices are per month.

Business

For business Dropbox charges $795 for 5 users with additional users costing $125.  These prices are per year.  For this you get 1 Tb of storage space with 200 Gb added for every user.

So what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Advantages

1. Folders are synchronised automatically.

2. Allows file sharing across multiple platforms.

3. Files can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.

4. Very easy to set up.

5. You get 2Gb free!!

Disadvantages

1.. Bandwidth.  If you upload large numbers of files or big files then you are going to use up your ISP allowance very quickly.

2. Your data is being stored off your premises and looked after by someone else.

Personally I use Dropbox as a sharing and backup solution and in both cases I am very impressed by it.

About the Author

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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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Staying safe online


We all use the internet but how many of us really know how to stay safe online? Today we shall outline 10 of the most important ‘must do’s’ when using the internet.

1. Antivirus.  You must have antivirus installed and it must be upto date when using the internet.  If not you will be leaving yourself open to a heap of problems.  I would recommend BitDefender for both home and business clients.

2. Firewall.  Again this is a must.  Most modern operating systems come with a firewall installed but you must make sure it is turned on.

3. Passwords.  These should be complex and not stored on your computer.  Do not use password123.

4. Email.  Be wary of opening any email from people you don’t know, especially if they contain attachments.  This is a common way of infecting systems with a virus.  Banks will never contact you by email.

5. Credit cards.  If you use credit cards online make sure the website address starts with https.  If it doesn’t then anyone can intercept your card details and use then online.

6. Do not store bank details on your computer.  If someone gains access to your system then you will just have handed them access to all your money.

7. Dodgy websites.  Be careful which websites you access.  If it looks a bit dodgy then leave the site.

8. Downloads.  If possible do not download torrents.  Torrent sites are usually where most of the viruses are located.  Also be careful when downloading free trials to ‘fix your computer problems’.  These types of software will always find something wrong with your system even if it is working flawlessly.

9. Emailing passwords and usernames.  This is not a good idea but if you have to send passwords and usernames use separate emails.

10. Updates.  Make sure that your operating system is fully updated.  That way known vulnerabilities will be taken care of.

I hope that these tips will be of value.  Just remember them and you should be safe while using the internet.

About the Author

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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

Follow @Comtech247 on Twitter

 

 

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