Microsoft Word AutoRecover + Dropbox = Extra Peace of Mind

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4-Step Computer Security Upgrade

Learn to encrypt your files, secure your computer when using public Wi-Fi, enable two-factor authentication, and use good passwords.

This tip is a no-brainer. Do it now! In Word (or Excel or PowerPoint), go to File > Options > Save, and set the Save AutoRecover information to every 1 minute.

Then, set the AutoRecover file location to a location in your Dropbox (click the image to see my file path).

Voila! Now your AutoRecover files will be synced up with Dropbox so you can get them back if they disappear from your hard drive.

For more AutoRecover tips, see Deborah’s recent post.

Source: Reddit (HT Lifehacker)

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  • Ish

    This tip is good, but only if you don’t edit any files with sensitive client information in them. Dropbox is insecure… http://daringfireball.net/linked/2011/06/21/dropbox-authentication

    • The “insecurity” you link to was short-lived, and fixed fairly transparently. It’s a reason to trust Dropbox, not to ditch it.

      The other Dropbox “exploits” that occasionally surface require someone to have physical access to your computer as well as access to your files. If they have access to your files, they don’t need a silly Dropbox “exploit;” they can just copy your files to a USB drive.

      Any “exploit” is a generally red herring if it requires someone to have physical access to your computer and access to your files.

      • Christopher Simmons

        Is there any concern that DropBox employees have the keys to your and your clients’ data sitting on DropBox’s servers?