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11 Dropbox Tricks You Didn’t Know About

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11 Dropbox Tricks You Didn’t Know About

Unfamiliar with Dropbox? It’s basically a free file hosting service, but it’s also much more. Did you know that you can even host your own websites on Dropbox, for example? Dropbox has numerous benefits: for productivity, peace of mind, and good old convenience. Since standard Dropbox is free, go ahead and sign up. You won’t regret it.

Dropbox is powerful, and most users don’t make full use of its services, so let’s look at some Dropbox tricks you didn’t know about.

1. Easily get more space on Dropbox, for free.

Dropbox tricks: get more space on Dropbox
    Dropbox tricks: get more space on Dropbox

     

    To know Dropbox is to love it, so let’s look at how you can get more space, completely for free. Dropbox has its own “get more space” page, and the easiest way to get more space is (duh!) to pay for it.

    Free ways to get more space include referring friends (one gigabyte per friend, up to 32 gigabytes),  following Dropbox on Twitter, and connecting your Facebook and Twitter accounts to the service.

    2. Share BIG files and folders with ease.

    If you’ve ever tried to send a huge file via email, you know that there are many challenges. End the frustration. Use Dropbox. You can share any file and folder you add to your public Dropbox folder using its link.

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    Right-click on a file in your public folder in Dropbox, and choose Copy Public Link. Send the link to anyone with whom you want to share the file, or post the link online.

    If you want to collaborate with others, it’s easy. Create a folder, and invite others to share it. When you work on a file in a shared folder, files are updated across every participants’ folder.

    3. Use Dropbox as a download delivery system for sales.

    If you’re starting a business selling downloads like MP3s, images, or ebooks, you can use Dropbox to deliver the files.

    Let’s say you’re a keen photographer. A family friend sees your portfolio, and wants to buy an image. You sell the image. It occurs to you that others might be interested in your images, so you decide to offer them for sale. You create a small website, and you make sales. Just send your buyers the links to their purchased images in your public Dropbox folder so that they can download them.

    Obviously this system isn’t ideal for the long term, but it’s a simple, hassle-free way to sell downloads.

    4. Use Dropbox to access needed files, wherever you are.

    Dropbox trick: use Dropbox on any device
      Mobile Dropbox

       

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      Think of Dropbox as your digital suitcase. You can take needed files with you, so that you can access them on any device. Check out Mobile Dropbox now. When you install Mobile Dropbox on your iOS, Android, Blackberry or Kindle Fire, you have access to everything in Dropbox, no matter where you are.

      You can use Mobile Dropbox to work on business documents at home; just copy the files to Dropbox. If you create files on your home computer, and save them to Dropbox, you can access them at work.

      Wish you could use Dropbox on third-part computers? You can. Send to Dropbox is a great free third-party service combining email and Dropbox. You receive a unique email address to send your files to Dropbox. Your files are placed in Dropbox/Apps/Attachments.

      5. Use Dropbox for security: back up your most important files to Dropbox.

      No matter how careful you are, and how often you back up your computer, things can go wrong. If you have files which you can’t afford to lose, copy them to Dropbox. Some apps will back up to Dropbox automatically, so check your favorite app to see whether there’s a Back Up to Dropbox option.

      6. Use Dropbox as a photo archive.

      You can use Dropbox to manage your photos. Any images you’ve saved to Dropbox now appear in an image archive, sorted by date. You can create photo albums, so that you can easily share important photos with friends.

      Want to use your images on the Web? Just drag the image into your public folder and grab the link.

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      Here’s a tip: create sub-folders to manage images in your public folder. Otherwise your public folder will become chaotic.

      7. Publish a website on Dropbox.

      Pancake.io: create a website on Dropbox
        Pancake.io

         

        Want to create a website in Dropbox? You can, with Pancake.io. Get as fancy as you like, or just publish plain text. You don’t need to worry about domain names and hosting to create a super-quick website. Pancake.io supports popular files types too, such as MS Office documents, PDFs, and images.

        Want to get fancy with Pancake.io? You can. Check out the Help files here.

        8. Digital nomad? Use Dropbox for all your documents.

        What if you want access to all your files, everywhere? You can do that if you wish. Create a documents folder in Dropbox, and make that your default documents folder across all your computers. Of course, if you have a huge documents folder, you’ll want to get extra storage from Dropbox to make sure that you have sufficient space for all your files.

        Check out our tip #10, Selective Sync. This is useful when you’re using computers with small hard drives.

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        9. Rock on: sync your iTunes library between your home and work computers.

        If you want to play your music and videos everywhere, you can sync your iTunes library to Dropbox.

        Just move your iTunes library to a folder in Dropbox. Then hold down the Shift key on a PC, or the Option key on a Mac, when you start iTunes. iTunes will ask for the new location of your library: browse to your Dropbox folder.

        10. Save space on small computers with Selective Sync.

        If you’re using a computer with a small hard drive, turn on Selective Sync. This option lets you choose which folders you want to be synced to a computer. Access this option via Preferences/Advanced/ Change Settings, and you can choose which folders will be synced to the computer you’re using.

        11. Back up apps to Dropbox.

        Many apps, especially those which work across multiple devices, will back themselves up to Dropbox if you choose Dropbox as your backup location. Check out the backup locations in the preferences and settings of your favorite apps to see whether they offer this option.

        Two of my own favorite apps, Scrivener and 1Password, back up seamlessly to Dropbox.

        So there you have it: 11 Dropbox tricks to make your life easier.

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        Last Updated on November 25, 2021

        How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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        How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

        There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

        Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

          What Does Private Browsing Do?

          When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

          For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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          The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

          The Terminal Archive

          While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

          Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

          dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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          Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

          Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

          However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

          Clearing Your Tracks

          Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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          dscacheutil -flushcache

          As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

          Other Browsers and Private Browsing

          Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

          If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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          As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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