Dropbox – How To Access Your Files From Any Computer

I guess you can call this part three of my post on how I run my business from a web browser (read part two here). Being able to access my blog, docs, photos and emails from any computer is cool, but how about files stored on my home computer? How do I access those files from another computer or a web browser? The answer is Dropbox.

Dropbox is my favorite online storage service. Dropbox allows me to access my home computer files from any computer, anywhere in the world. Dropbox acts just like a network drive in the cloud. Drag a file from your computer to Dropbox and it’ll transfer to the Dropbox online storage service. Any updates to the file will auto update the file on Dropbox. You can access your Dropbox from any computer where you have Dropbox installed. If you’re on a public computer, you can log into your Dropbox account from a web browser. There is also a Dropbox iPhone app so you can access your files from an iPhone or iPod Touch.

Dropbox offers 2GB of secured online storage for free. If you need more space than that, they have a Pro50 account with 50GB of storage for $9.99 per month and a Pro100 with 100GB of storage for $19.99 per month. The video below explains Dropbox in plain english.

Access Your Files From Any Computer with Dropbox

46 thoughts on “Dropbox – How To Access Your Files From Any Computer”

  1. Michael Kwan says:

    I use Dropbox too and I love it. Fantastic for sharing larger files that can’t be sent as email attachments. Also referrals give both you and the referral an extra 250MB of space (up to 5GB total, I believe).

    1. John Chow says:

      Well that would explain why I got 2.25GB when I signed up. 🙂

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        Yup, I’ve already maxed out at the 5GB. I wrote about Dropbox last year and got a few referrals that way. Very useful service. Too bad it’s capped at 5GB for the free account.

          1. John Chow says:

            Because Kwan is too cheap! I don’t have a Pro account either but I’m only using 1.2 gig of space right now.

          2. S Ahsan says:

            I dont think you will need so much space at least not for another year or 2 🙂

        1. You should upgrade it Kwan.

  2. Dropbox is definitely both a superior backup system and a service that enables you to access your files from anywhere. I always have privacy concerns about cloud computing, but imo the advantages way outperform the potential disadvantages.

  3. Love Dropbox, been using it for amost 2 years and I love sharing files from my pc to my macbook.

  4. jtGraphic says:

    Does anyone know of similar software that can be bought? I have plenty of servers and cloud accounts. It’d be cool to just spend like $200 on some software and use my own servers…

    1. John Chow says:

      If you want to store stuff on your server why not use FTP? Or you can a service like Jungle Disk http://www.jungledisk.com They won’t sell the software but you can use it for $3 per month plus S3 storage cost.

      1. jtGraphic says:

        I do use FTP right now. I actually use Filezilla and PortableApps. It just ‘seemed’ like the dropbox interface is better.

        1. John Chow says:

          The Dropbox interface is way better. That’s why I use it.

    2. That solution will really address the privacy issues that is my only reason for hesitance with this kind of an application.

      1. jtGraphic says:

        True – although I doubt they’re interested in stealing your info. That would get leaked and make them look like shit at some point I’m sure. For me it’s a long-run cost savings.

  5. I have been using dropbox for a few months now. I really like it.

  6. Diabetis says:

    Got any free storage site?

    1. John Chow says:

      MS Live Skydrive offers 25GB of free storage. However files are limited to 50MB max size. http://skydrive.live.com

  7. dropbox looks interesting 🙂

  8. Mathew Day says:

    Cool, first time hearing about Dropbox. I like how they give you free storage and there upgrades are really inexpensive.

  9. ParisGirl111 says:

    I like this concept. I only fear that security is not good enough and someone may gain access to my files. Can they guarantee that it’s secure?

    1. John Chow says:

      Can anyone guarantee your security? 🙂 The information is secure but with any system, hackers can break into any system if they are determine enough.

  10. Great heads up. Nice to be able to access my files without having to take my external.

  11. Free Picks says:

    currently i am using team viewer but Dropbox looking much better than it

  12. fas says:

    This is really unique. I never thought some one would make a business out of storing stuff for you.

  13. Edgar says:

    thanks John. I just sign up and I am already loving it. Downloaded to my iphone as well..

  14. that’s cool a lot thanks

  15. Jovan says:

    That’s got to be the dumbest thing ever, why the hell would I pay for this “service” monthly, when I could access any of my files on my computer or on an external drive connected to my home/work computer via remote desktop connection that is available on any windows computer, and its free?! Remote desktop lets you connect to your computer and use it and the programs and files on it from a computer with an internet connection and nothing else installed.

    1. John Chow says:

      Ya and I guess your home computer is as secured and safe as enterprise level servers in a locked down data center. I have home backup and remote access too but it’s nice to have a backup to the backup.

      1. Jovan says:

        True, but likewise you’re allowing some distant server/person to have full access to you’re files at anytime, vs. remote desktop you can physically disconnect that computer from the internet. The backup service is like cloud computing, anyone at anytime can access your files, I know this is possible with remote desktop as well but the opportunity of time isn’t there.

        –reader of this blog since 2006—

        1. John Chow says:

          If your desktop is connected to the Net, which I’m sure it is, then the opportunity is the same as if you are on the cloud. Are you going to stand in front of your comp 24/7 looking for hard drive activity?

          You should have local backup but I think you should have offsite backup as well. It’s just one extra layer of protection. If your house burns down and your laptop falls in water, you’re gong to wish you had another backup else where.

  16. Nick says:

    Great article John! I’m using Dropbox to sharing larger files. I think is really unique like service.

  17. Brian says:

    Thanks for the info John, I signed up for Dropbox.

  18. Pretty slick, that 2 GB is all I need for now, so I can slide through for free. Thanks John.

  19. It is always useful to have online backup which allow us to get our data from any where.

  20. Soares says:

    Im going to try…and safety…not even in our homes its safe if a hacker want to!

    Thank you John

  21. Dropbox looks nice. I might need this pretty soon as they are talking about blocking usb ports on the computers where I do some work.

  22. Dropbox has become one of my fav software for sharing file…
    After dropping few referral I have almost 4.5 Gb of space..Most of the time I use it to share files and folders with my friendly quickly…

  23. I’ve been using Dropbox for a couple months. I love it. It comes in handy when you have to share files with a colleague and they’re too big and slow to send via e-mail — including with Gmail. 2GB of free space is perfect for me.

  24. Estanislao Chapel says:

    I discovered Dropbox for one year ago and I really liked it from the very beginning. So easy to use and so powerful. I’m happy there are entrepreneurs out there that come with such brilliant solutions.

    My question is if there is a team version for it. I outsource many activities to other people and I need to provide them with the extra storage space I have subscribed to myself.

    All the best

  25. Scott0 says:

    As a long time user of Jungle Disk for online back up and sync, I find dropbox much more user-friendly and intuitive and I have now replaced “My Documents” with “My Dropbox” in windows explorer, no need to have the two folders and drag files into the other.

    If anyone else wants to use my referral link for an additional free 250MB of storage (for both of us) please sign up through my link



  26. Sharninder says:

    Dropbox is fantastic. As a tech blogger I use various computers and operating systems. Earlier I used to have to email myself documets when working on different computers, and now I just use dropbox for this sort of thing. So much easier and simpler.

  27. ByzHubOwen says:

    I was introduced to Drop Box just last week by @mattsmedia what a great tool.

  28. Muxx says:

    I’ve been using Dropbox for the last few months now and it’s a godsend.

    I normally would carry my flash drive but after I lost it one day, I completely went mental. Luckily I found it a few days later but it really kicked me in the rear how valuable the stuff I have was that didn’t need to be tethered down to a physical device.

    Dropbox all the way!

  29. Wow…that would make things quite a bit more convinient…I wonder what the security issues are like?

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