Dropbox is one of the foremost cloud storage services in the world at the moment. Your Dropbox login gives you free space to store documents, media files and other kinds of data in the Dropbox cloud.
The best part about it is that you get to store gigabytes worth of files on the Dropbox servers for free, at least initially.
For more capacity than the initial 2GB, you have to become a premium Dropbox subscriber. The service helps you keep your files safe and orderly. It also allows you to access them anytime you want without having to wait to be at your desk.
What is Dropbox?
Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi started Dropbox in 2007. They were both students at the highly regarded Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Their project startup was thanks to the efforts of Y Combinator, a sort of business incubator. They realized that people did not have enough space on their hard drives to store their data.
How Does Dropbox Work?
Dropbox is a way of storing data securely away from your laptop, PC or phone. It stores everything on remote servers in big data centers.
How to Sign In at Dropbox
In your browser (usually Google Chrome but it can also be Firefox and others) type https://www.dropbox.com/ into your address bar and hit enter. You will be taken to the Dropbox homepage which will look something like this. Remember there are periodic updates to the look of the home page. We have added a red arrow so you can see the Sign In link.
To log in to Dropbox click on the Sign In link. A neat Dropbox login box will pop up on your screen like this:
Logging in to Dropbox from here is self-evident. Just type in the email you used when signing up for Dropbox, type in the password you set on the same sign-up occasion, then click on the Sign In button.
That’s it! You’re in.
If you don’t want to go through the typing rigmarole each time just tick the Remember me box your email will appear automatically when the Dropbox Sign In box appears on your screen.
Retrieving Your Dropbox Login Details
What happens if you arrive at the Dropbox login box and you can’t remember your password? Not a problem. Just below the Dropbox login area is a link called Forgot your password? as shown here with a hand drawn red arrow:
As with most blue text that appears on a web page, the Forgot your password? the text is clickable – so click on it. You will be taken to this minimalist page:
By entering your Dropbox login email address (the one you selected when you signed up) and clicking on the Submit button, you will see a small little message (really hardly visible) at the top of the page saying you have been sent an email with further instructions. Almost instantaneously you will get a cosy little email saying roughly the following:
Someone recently requested a password change for your Dropbox account. If this was you, you could set a new password here:
To keep your account secure, please don’t forward this email to anyone. See our Help Center for more security tips.
Why You Have to Sign Up for Dropbox
Without signing up, you cannot be able to upload files to Dropbox. You will also be unable to share files. The best you can do is receive files shared to you by registered users via email.
After signing up, depending on your subscription tier, you can store as many files as you want in the Dropbox cloud.
You will be able to categorize these files and access them anytime you want as long as you have an internet connection.
To get a Dropbox login just go to Dropbox.com. You will reach the Home Page as follows:
With a red arrow, we have indicated the fields you should complete. Remember to make a complicated password including letters, numerals and special characters. Read the Dropbox terms before clicking on the Sign up for free button. That’s it! You have a Dropbox Account.
Privacy at Dropbox
They also assure users that when they delete their accounts, the information will be deleted.
What You Get
As a free user on Dropbox, you will have 2GB of space on the cloud storage facility to store your files. If you want more capacity, you can become a premium subscriber.
For $9.99 a month you will get 1 TB of storage, and if you subscribe to the Dropbox Business package for $15 per month per user (minus tax), Dropbox promises you as much space as you need plus a few extras.
But even with a basic account, you will get to store your files and access them any time you want. The Dropbox mobile app makes this convenience even more of a reality.
Also, Dropbox will undertake to keep your files safe as well as back them up.
Where You Can Use Dropbox
Back in 2010 Dropbox was blocked by the Chinese government but after the company upgraded its app to use the secure HTTPS protocol, users in the country were able to access their files.
However, in 2014 it was found that the Chinese authorities had again put in measures to block access to Dropbox. Users in any other part of the world should be able to sign in to Dropbox.
Regional Tip: If you live in China, don’t despair, you can still login to your Dropbox account using a Virtual Private Network. When you lease a VPN connection, you can access sites that are restricted by Chinese authorities as the connection is disguised via encryption.
How to Sign Up for Dropbox
After logging on to www.dropbox.com on your browser, you will see the ‘Sign up for free’ button on your right. Click it, and a form will appear requesting your name and email address.
After filling in these details and setting a password of your choice, you will be signed up. At this point, Dropbox will give you the chance to choose the plan you want.
Dropbox App for Android Tablets and Mobile Phones
Dropbox allows you to manage your stored files on the go via the mobile app. Whether you wish to install the app on your iPad, iPhone, Android device, Windows device, Blackberryor Kindle Fire, you will find it in the appropriate app store.
If you wish you can download the Dropbox app onto your desktop or laptop computer from the Dropbox website. Just be sure you get the right app for the right device.
Security and Privacy Issues on Dropbox
Concerns were raised in 2011 regarding the data deduplication system by which Dropbox ascertained checked to see when a file was being uploaded, if a similar file had been uploaded by another user.
Security experts argued that intruders could take advantage of this by getting a key to decrypt any file on Dropbox. On the same year, TechCrunch published a report which informed readers that all Dropbox accounts could be accessed without a password for four hours.
Currently, Dropbox doesn’t have its own servers and uses Amazon S3 servers, located in the US, to store all its 400 million users’ data.
Some users might be uncomfortable with having a single point of failure, but S3 has a built a reputation for reliability over the years. It hosts Pinterest and Tumblr among other high-traffic sites.
Cool Stuff to do on Dropbox
Just like you can on Google Docs, you can edit MS Office files online if you’re a Dropbox user.
How Does Dropbox Make Money?
Dropbox has many premium subscribers who use its services; there are 150,000 companies on Dropbox Business.
Take-Aways About Dropbox
- There are 400 million users currently on Dropbox.
- There are 35 billion MS Office files on the Dropboxcloud storage.
- 4,000 file edits are made on Dropbox every second.
Keep Your Dropbox Login Details Safe
Sign up to Dropbox with a strong password and be sure to log out of your mobile app if you will be giving out or disposing of your device.