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Four Awesome File Sharing Alternatives to Dropbox

Four Awesome File Sharing Alternatives to Dropbox

Data is big business. Thousands of businesses and individuals around the globe generate tons of data that need to be shared, analyzed, and stored on a daily basis. As an illustration, Dropbox, one of the major players in the file-sharing arena, recorded over 500 million users in March 2016 up from 400 million in June last year.

Dropbox isn’t the only kid on the block, though. There are tens of other cloud-based file sharing applications that offer file sharing and data storage services, usually at a fraction of the price offered by Dropbox. If you are a Dropbox user feeling boxed-in and in the mood for a little exploration, check out these alternatives for everyday online file sharing.

1. JumboMail

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    When it comes to up-and-coming cloud based file sharing services with growth potential, JumboMail is at the top of the list. What makes JumboMail stand out from all other file sharing services is its unique download page, which has an online media. This rich media gallery lets users view all types of files (audio, images, documents) online before choosing to download them, making the service especially useful for professionals such as photographers, graphic designers, musicians, etc.

    Jumbomail allows you to send emails with attachments of up to 20 GB from a simple web interface. You also get to send 5 GB free, an improvement from the 2 GB you get with Dropbox and many other providers. Other features include password protection for file transfers, uploading entire folders, and long-term storage options.

    Besides free transfer up to 5 GB, users can purchase one-time upload codes or a subscription plan. Plans start from $12 per month for the basic package and go up to $20 per month for the business plan.

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    2. SpiderOak

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      Remember the Dropbox security breach that resulted in millions of user accounts with no password authentication? Even after fixing the glitch, the breach ate into the trust many users had in the company. SpiderOak, Edward Snowden’s file sharing service of choice, boasts of one of the most robust encryption protocols of any cloud storage service. This service pays utmost attention to password and data encryption, ensuring privacy over end-to-end connections.

      Like Dropbox, you get 2 GB of free space when signing up and 7 GB, 1 TB, and 5 TB in the premium plans for $7, $12, and $25 respectively per month.

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      3. Box

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        Box is another cool cloud-based solution for sharing and sending large files. You can use Box as an online application or download it for use on your PC, Mac, iOS, Android, or Windows device. You can also integrate Box on your specific version of Microsoft Office to edit and share files without ever leaving the comfort of your Office interface. With Box, you get the very best in cross-platform synchronization.

        On the downside, Box limits file sizes on individual uploads to 250 MB. Still, Box has grown in popularity over the past few years because of its easy file management and sharing features.

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        Users get 10 GB of storage upon signing up and 100 GB for $6 per month and unlimited storage for $17 per month.

        4. BitTorrent Sync

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          If you thought BitTorrent was only good for torrents, think again. BitTorrent Sync is a peer-to-peer file sharing application that allows you to sync your files across multiple devices. This means your files don’t get stored on an external server, making it one of the safest alternatives to Dropbox and other cloud-based solutions. File sharing is heavily encrypted for when you need to push your files between different devices.

          Conclusion

          Affordable web hosting plans have promoted the growth of file sharing services on the internet, with new ones popping up every so often. Privacy and information security are key considerations when looking to share your files over the cloud. Dropbox has since upgraded its security infrastructure, but the security loophole provided a glimpse into the security and privacy issues that come with cloud-based services. These Dropbox alternatives are far from perfect, but offer users options for file sharing across different platforms. If you are looking to get into the file sharing business, be sure to check out these factors to consider before choosing a web hosting company for your server needs.

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          8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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          Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

          1. Zoho Notebook
            If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
          2. Evernote
            The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
          3. Net Notes
            If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
          4. i-Lighter
            You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
          5. Clipmarks
            For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
          6. UberNote
            If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
          7. iLeonardo
            iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
          8. Zotero
            Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

          I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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          In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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