Some things in life are meant to be. Macs are beautiful. PCs are not. iPhones are beautiful. Android phones? Not so much. With the world moving quickly to the cloud, and Apple’s iCloud service set to rule the digital cumulus, stratus, cirrus, and nimbus of Macs and PCs, let me explain why it’s a worthwhile revolution in one word. Dropbox.
Free Cloud Is Good
Not every kind of file was meant to be stored in the cloud. Some types of files or documents work better on Dropbox than others. All files are not created equal.
Dropbox claims that you can take all your photos, docs, and videos wherever you go. Uh, only if you have plenty of money, and don’t mind the wait. But if money is an object, some Mac apps make using Dropbox a good idea. As in, it works and it’s free.
For example, 1Password has an option to store all your login IDs, passwords, credit card and bank information, serial numbers, and any other kind of useful, important data into your Mac’s Dropbox folder.
Here’s the beauty of that arrangement. Dropbox can be loaded on multiple Macs, iPhones, and PCs. And all the information you store on one gets updated on the others, all via that Big Dropbox In The Cloud™.
That means you have access to what’s important whenever you have a decent internet connection. Just don’t plan to store you music and movie collection online. For Mac users, Dropbox installs as a folder in the Finder’s Sidebar. Drop stuff into it and it gets synced automatically as a backup in the Dropbox cloud, then synced back again to other devices (the aforementioned multiple Macs, Windows PCs, phones, etc.).
What Of Security?
Other than using so much data that Dropbox charges me rent, the only other concern I have is security. First, it’s good to have a nice backup of important files, and they’re stored away from my disaster-prone Mac. There’s even a one-month history of what you save to Dropbox, even after you delete something. Change is good, but it can also be undone. That’s nice. And not.
Second, files are encrypted so it’s unlikely that bad guys will get what you got, but it could happen. It just won’t be easy.
All of this starts at free. More and more Mac and iPhone apps are integrating with Dropbox because it’s so easy to use. What’s not to like?