What is Dropbox?

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Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage and file synchronization. The application is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for desktop operating systems as well as Android, iOS, and Windows for mobile devices.

Founded by former MIT students Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi in 2007, Dropbox answered Houston’s dilemma of forgetting his USB flash drive to class. File hosting services at that time had problems with internet latency, bugs, and hard to use interface, among others. Houston worked on the idea for personal use but it would benefit others.

He released a demo video explaining his prototype, where Ferdowsi found the idea impressive. The two struck up a partnership under Houston’s startup Evenflow, Inc. By September 2008, the partners launched Dropbox at Tech Crunch Disrupt Tech Conference.

The service allows its users to save files directly in the cloud and access it on any device connected to the internet. A Dropbox folder will appear upon installing the software, where users can save directly or drag and drop like a local folder. Users can also share the stored file or folder with anyone by generating a URL on the Dropbox website. Users can also permit collaboration to a file by setting the option to allow anyone with the link to edit.  

What are the features of Dropbox?

  • Provides users with cloud storage starting at 2GB for the free Basic Plan and unlimited storage for the Advanced Plan for $25 a month per user.
  • Dropbox uses the most secure 256-bit AES encryption to make sure files kept in the cloud are safe.
  • Access files anywhere at any time on any device.
  • Choose people to share or edit files with.
  • Users can request files from other users by sending a link or notifying them within the platform.
  • Dropbox Paper lets users share and collaborate on a project in real-time.
  • Share large files up to 100GB at a time using Dropbox Transfer.

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