Dropbox does sync, backup, and file sharing really really well

dropbox logo111 Dropbox does sync, backup, and file sharing really really wellDropbox rocks, and it just keeps getting better. Since I first wrote about Dropbox last September, it has introduced new features and a premium account level that gets you 50 GB for $99 per year.

Dropbox is a sync, backup, and file sharing tool. It is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux, and will seamlessly sync files among all three platforms. Anything you put into your Dropbox folder gets synced to your online storage as well as any other computer on which you have installed Dropbox. Whenever you change a file in your Dropbox folder, Dropbox syncs the changes. It also saves copies of the old version on the server, so you can use Dropbox to rescue old versions of files, or even files you deleted.

But here is the best part. I am working with several co-counsel at the moment. Instead of emailing them a copy of every document, with Dropbox, I can share a client folder, which then appears in their Dropbox so that we share a single copy of The File. If they don’t want to install Dropbox, they can still have full access from the web interface.

It’s beautiful.

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  • dan

    I have been testing DropBox and SugarSync. Though DB is faster, you can’t select specific folders you want to sync; you have a DB folder, and then you have to drag those folders you want synced into that DB folder, and that was a downer for me. Still good though.

  • Sam Glover

    They say they will be enabling selective syncing on future releases, including the ability to sync different folders to different machines. (Dropbox is still in beta, after all.)

  • http://lawyerist.com/author/aaronstreet/ Aaron Street

    After reading your recommendation here, then hearing Tim Ferriss recommend it on Twitter a moment ago, I’ve decided to give Dropbox a shot. Seems pretty sweet so far.

  • Sam Glover

    I am kind of in love with it.

  • http://www.friedmaniverson.com/consumer/blog/ Todd Murray

    Sam:

    Can you talk more about how secure Dropbox is? Are you comfortable putting sensitive client documents there? What steps can users take to make it more secure?

  • http://lawyerist.com/author/samglover/ Sam Glover

    With Dropbox, all data is transferred securely over SSL, and all data is stored using 256-bit AES encryption (more). I am not worried.

    If you want extra security, you could always use Truecrypt and store the encrypted volume in your Dropbox. Not as flexible, but works well enough.

    I worry more about the security of the computers I run it on, which is why I encrypt my laptops and why we have hefty locks on the office door.

  • http://www.louquelaw.com Robert Louque

    I know I am very late into the conversation, but I absolutely love DropBox. I was searching long and hard for how I was going to come up with the money for a server for client files. I will be using Dropbox as my “server” as well as a 3rd or 4th backup (I actually stopped counting how many times I backup my data).

    Best thing is if the new secretary accidentally saves over one of my forms, I believe I can just go into the web interface and undo the changes and my form file is added back to my dropbox.

    As I am typing this, my laptop and netbook synced up with the server and added 3 new files to my Dropbox (Notices that are being pulled by another service I use to obtain electronic notices from Bankruptcy Court). Beautiful.