The FTP hosting standard was developed long before anyone could have imagined the brute force attacks, packet captures and spoofing attacks it’s now vulnerable to. But right out of the box, Dropbox gives you the security you need to keep data safe. Dropbox is not available as a self-hosted solution but there are plenty of alternatives for power users and business that want to host a solution on-premise. The most popular Self-Hosted alternative is Nextcloud, which is both free and Open Source. Unlike many cloud photo storage services, Dropbox makes it easy to get to your image and video files once they’re backed up. Windows and Mac sync: Install our desktop app, and all your photos will appear in folders you can access from Windows File Explorer and macOS Finder. Organize them into subfolders or make adjustments in image editing software, just like any other file. Dropbox has a nice feature which lets you link to any file kept in the “Public” folder of your Dropbox account. Anyone, who knows the URL of the linked file can open it from the browser or download it. You can use this feature to host a static website in your Dropbox account for free. Create a Free Static Website With Dropbox. Dropbox is a modern workspace designed to reduce busywork-so you can focus on the things that matter. Sign in and put your creative energy to work.
Most of the things you can do with Dropbox online happen on www.dropbox.com. www.dropbox.com is the only domain where Dropbox will ever ask for private information like the email address and password for your Dropbox account. Be wary of any other domains that look like Dropbox that ask you for your Dropbox email or password.
Official email from Dropbox
If you receive a communication that looks like it’s from Dropbox but doesn’t come from one of the domains listed, please be careful as it may contain malware or be a phishing attempt.
- All email from employees, support staff, and some service-related email (such as email verification, password reset confirmations, and Dropbox research study invitations) are sent from dropbox.com, dropboxmail.com, or dropbox.zendesk.com
- All Dropbox Business related email originates from dropbox.com or dropboxpartners.com
- All promotional and tip emails originate from dropboxmail.com or dropboxteam.com
Verified Dropbox domains
All Dropbox content should originate from one of the following domains or a subdomain of the following domains:
Other verified domains
These are other verified domains Dropbox uses. You typically won’t see these domains in your browser address bar, but they are used for things like protecting account login pages and DNS requests.
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URLs used to host user data
These paths are used to host content for users when they create links to their folders and files (for example, using shared links). Dropbox doesn't use these paths to ask you for private or personal information.
Run Dropbox As A Service
- Dropbox is a cloud storage service that lets you save files online and sync them to your devices.
- You can use Dropbox links to share files and folders with other people without sending large attachments.
- Dropbox offers a free plan that includes 2 GB of storage. You can pay to increase that to as much as 3 TB with a subscription.
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Dropbox is a file hosting service, often referred to as a 'cloud storage' service. Dropbox is one of the oldest and most popular cloud storage services in use today, though there are many alternatives, including Microsoft OneDrive, Box, Sync, and Google Drive.
How Dropbox works
When you subscribe to Dropbox, you are allotted a certain amount of storage space in an online server known as 'the cloud.' After installing the Dropbox app on your PC, mobile device, or both, any files that you store in your Dropbox locally will be copied to the Dropbox server as well.© Dave Johnson/Business Insider Dropbox is a cloud storage service that keeps files in sync between an online server and your own devices. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
If you make changes to these files in one place, the updates are automatically mirrored everywhere. By synchronizing your Dropbox files locally and online, you can easily access these files anywhere and share them with others more easily.
Key features of Dropbox
While Dropbox is mainly online storage that keeps files in sync between your personal devices and the cloud, it offers a broad array of features beyond that basic functionality.
It's accessible via the web or in apps that you can install on Mac, PC, and mobile devices, both iOS, and Android. No matter which version of Dropbox you use, everything is securely encrypted with 256-bit AES.© Dave Johnson/Business Insider Dropbox remembers and can restore files you've deleted. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
The service also keeps a history of your files with versioning so you can recover them in the event of a malware or ransomware catastrophe, or even just accidental deletion. The free version gives you 30 days of file recovery, while paid tiers go up to 180 days.
One of the key reasons to use Dropbox is how easy the service makes it to share files. You can control permission levels and share files and folders with specific people using a link, or make files public so anyone with the appropriate link can access your data. It's a convenient way to send files without using email attachments.© Dave Johnson/Business Insider Dropbox includes collaboration tools as well. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
Dropbox even includes some collaboration tools such as Dropbox Spaces, which lets teams work together on documents, share notes, and edit in real-time.
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How much Dropbox costs
The basic Dropbox service is free and includes 2 GB of online storage. Dropbox Plus costs $10 per month and increases storage to 2 TB. Dropbox Professional is the highest tier, priced at $20 per month, offering a storage capacity of up to 3 TB along with bonus features, such as fast full-text search and an extended 120-day file history with versioning. There are also business and enterprise versions of Dropbox with separate pricing.