This is the disk space that third parties make available over the internet to users. Large storage space is availed at low costs.
I will focus on Dropbox since it is one of the most popular cloud storage platforms available in the market.
Dropbox offers file hosting services. This includes file synchronization, client software and cloud storage. It offers a service where a user creates a special folder on any computer he/she uses. Dropbox will then synchronize with all folders that the user creates such that all folders are identical in the contents they hold regardless of the computer used to view. The files that are placed in the folder are also accessed through the Dropbox website and mobile phone applications.
Dropbox users are offered a free account which has a set storage size. More capacity comes with a paid subscription. Desktop client offers no restriction on size of file uploaded. For upload via the website, a maximum file limit upload size of 300MB is set.
To use their services, you have to sign up from their homepage at www.dropbox.com.
Creating an account is free. You need a valid email address.
You will also be required to download a Dropbox app. Choose the download depending on your operating system from here.
Install the application and run it. Since we have an account we check the second option and click on next to proceed.
This opens a page that requests for the credentials of your account i.e. the email address used and password for your account.
You will then be prompted to choose the plan you intend to use. I will use the free plan. Upgrading can be done later depending on the size of storage required.
Additional settings for the application. I will use first option which is the custom recommended settings. We can change afterwards if required to.
Takes you through a tour of your special Dropbox folder and how to use Dropbox.
After you click Finish, a notification pops-up which confirms a successful linking of your special folder in your Dropbox account. Dropbox now keeps your files synchronized automatically.
It also opens the special Dropbox folder where you will be dragging and dropping items into. Any file can be dropped here for photos, docs, and videos.
Now let’s test by dropping an image into the Dropbox folder. I will open the photos folder and drag an image from my computer into the folder.
Visit your Dropbox homepage https://www.dropbox.com/home
From here, you will be able to view all contents same as the special folder on your local machine. Now I will go to my photos and see whether my image has been uploaded.
And there it is, automatically synchronizing to keep all folders same.
Drop box also has support for mobile devices: www.dropbox.com/mobile
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