Dropbox is a cloud storage service that allows you to back up your essential files. It offers both a free and paid service and is regarded as an essential part of any digital lifestyle. While primarily used to backing up important stuff into the cloud, there are some other very useful tricks up its sleeve.
Dropbox certainly isn’t the only cloud storage app in the world, but it is one of the easiest to work with. We try not to get into the whole recommendation thing, but if you do work with Dropbox, it has a few neat tricks up its sleeve. Here are just five of them.
1. Securely share files
You would sincerely hope that cloud storage would allow you to securely share files and Dropbox does just that. As part of its security, Dropbox encrypts any file it uploads over a secure HTTPS connection. If you are particularly security conscious, you can zip your files, password protect the ZIP file, then encrypt and securely upload.
Cloud storage is amazingly useful for backing up important documents. Having digital copies of your passport, driver’s license, insurance details and other important paperwork could save a lot of time and trouble should anything happen to you or your home.
2. Host a landing page or browser start page
If you dabble in building web pages or want to create your own browser start page, you can use an app such as DropPages or manually configure Dropbox to host it. A browser start page can contain all your favorite links and apps and can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, from any machine, all from Dropbox.
3. Cloud media streaming
If you travel a lot of just want music and movies available anywhere, you can stream them directly from Dropbox. If you don’t want to pay for a media streaming service you can upload your music or movies and stream them yourself. All you need is to upload your media and as long as you a decent data allowance on your cellphone contract, you’re golden.
4. Remote control your PC or remote print
Should you want or need to, you can control your home PC from afar or print to your home printer from anywhere in the world using Dropbox. By using a simple monitoring script, you can have your PC or printer monitor Dropbox for files and either execute or print them depending on your needs.
Found a recipe you like while on the train? Download it to your phone, upload it to Dropbox and it will be printed automatically.
5. Your apps anywhere
We all have our favorite browser, productivity apps and security programs we like to use. Wouldn’t it be great if you could access all your favorites from anywhere at any time, from any machine. Upload portable versions of your favorite apps to Dropbox and they will work on any compatible machine.
If you hot desk or are always visiting your grandma to fix her laptop, these come in very handy indeed!
Dropbox is primarily a cloud storage service but as you can see, with a little creativity, there is a lot more you can do with it. You can find details of all of these hacks on the Dropbox website.