While so many companies are moving their servers to “cloud” servers ( an internet based server) there are still plenty of us that do not have access to all our work files from anywhere other than the office. I bet the following scenario happened to a least one of the readers out there in the last week. You were working on a project that needed to be worked on somewhere outside of the office, most likely in the evening at home. You packed up your files on your little thumb drive and after a nice dinner went to pop it in to your laptop to just quickly finish up the project before tomorrow mornings deadline. Everything was there except that one file, image or folder that would make the project complete. Now you will have to get up early and get into the office to finish it before that deadline hits.
There is a great tool called Dropbox that could have saved you from this little scenario. If you have a Dropbox account (free accounts available) you can upload your files, images, videos etc. and have them accessible to you on any computer or even smartphone, and you can share these folders or files with friends or colleagues. Dropbox is like having your own personal server. You can use the website or you can have an app installed on your computer that makes it super easy to use. You can even see when others have added to or changed any shared items.
Check out this video for a fun and simple explanation on how it all works.
The Dropbox application may be prevented from installing or from syncing over corporate networks. If you are not sure if Dropbox is supported on your corporate network, contact your company’s network administrator to find out.