As mentioned above, Dropbox is not a full fledged online backup solution—it's strength is really in its cooperative file-sharing capabilities. You can drop files into the designated public folder, or create specific shared folders accessible to select individuals. Your system notifies you as changes are made to shared files, which is nice for document collaboration. If changes are made to a document two people are working on simultaneously, the system will save two versions of the document. A saved file is online and ready for use in no time. When tested against SugarSync, Dropbox was much snappier with our documents, and our changes were shown instantaneously.
All this works well enough, and with plans starting at $9.99 per month for 50GB, it's a pretty good deal. Yet it's worth noting that services like SugarSync or Carbonite are better storage bargains and offer true automated backup, although they don't have the collaborative document sharing capabilities. Dropbox's ad-hoc file sharing will be the perfect solution for some users. You can see if it's right for you by testing out its free 2GB plan.
In regard to HIPAA compliance: Dropbox and its third party privacy and protection service contain all of the security features to protect data that is transmitted to and from its servers. Dropbox follows strict guidelines to meet factors that go into HIPAA compliance. If you want to know what HIPAA is, please visit our FAQ page.
|2GB of storage for free|
|Gigabytes (GB) of Storage Included:||50 GB;|
pay extra for more space
|# of Computers Backed Up:||Unlimited|
|External Drive Backup:||No|
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