Dropbox is a personal cloud storage service (sometimes referred to as an online backup service) that is frequently used for file sharing and collaboration. The Dropbox application is available for Windows, Macintosh and Linux desktop operating systems. There are also apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry devices.The service provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of storage for free and up to 100 GB on various for-fee plans. Another option, Dropbox for Teams, provides 350 GB storage.
The user data is stored on Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) and protected with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Advanced Encryption System (AES) 256-bit encryption.After installation of the associated application, a Dropbox folder appears with the user’s other folders. Users can save files to the folder, add new folders, and drag and drop files among folders just as if they were all local. Files in the Dropbox folder can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection – the user just has to log in to his account to upload, download and share files.To share a file, the user can generate a URL for it from the Dropbox website and send it out so that others can view it. Folders can be shared by sending an invitation from the Dropbox website. Recipients that don’t have Dropbox accounts will have to sign up to access the folder. Once a folder is shared, it will appear in the folder system for everyone who has access to it and all members will be able to make changes to files. All versions of files are saved. Dropbox has usually been considered a consumer market service. However, it is increasingly being used within the enterprise and as such is an example of the IT consumerization trend. The service is named for the repositories used by banks, post offices, video stores and libraries to allow people to drop items off securely.
- Compatibility: Platforms: Dropbox has computer apps for Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, and Linux computers, and mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets. It also offers a website interface. As part of its partnership with Microsoft, Dropbox announced a universal Windows 10 app in January 2016.
- Dropbox’s apps offer an automatic photo uploading feature, allowing users to automatically upload photos or videos from cameras, tablets, SD cards, or smartphones to a dedicated “Camera Uploads” folder in their Dropbox. Users are given 500 megabytes of extra space for uploading their first photo, and are given up to 3 gigabytes of extra space if users continue using the method for more photos. In July 2014, Dropbox introduced “streaming sync” for its computer apps. Streaming sync was described as a new “supercharged” synchronization speed for large files that improves the upload or download time by up to 2 times.. In August 2015, Dropbox announced the availability of “Universal 2nd Factor” USB security keys, providing two-factor authentication for logging into its services
- User accounts: Users need to register to be able to use Dropbox
Who uses the tool
General Public, Teachers, business
Share files, collecting materials
Privacy & User data
The app collects the following types of information from all users:
- Information users provide directly to Facetime
- Analytics information;
- Cookies and similar technologies;
- Log file information;
The app uses this information to:
- help users to efficiently access their information after they sign in;
- remember information so users will not have to re-enter it during their visit or the next time they visit the Service;
- improve services without compromising individual privacy. For example, in iOS 10, this technology helped improve QuickType and emoji suggestions, as well as Lookup Hints in Notes.