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Monday, February 11, 2013

How do you use DropBox?

There are a ton of internet apps. Many of which I don't get. I have a Twitter account, but I don't use it. I don't get it. I don't understand why its so popular. Pages and pages of peoples random thoughts. Who cares? Not me.

There are so many Internet apps out there. Some I love and use daily, others I just don't get, or don't care to get.

Dropbox was one of those. Ive had a Dropbox account for a long time. I never really got it... So I can access this one folder from any computer in the world? Big deal! I have SSH and VNC running on my home PC. I also wear a USB key on a necklace which has Putty and VNC viewer on it... so I can access my entire PC from any computer in the world. Why would one folder make a big deal?

Well, about a year or two ago I started using the hell out of it. Probably not in the ways the developers intended for it to be used, but I use it nonetheless.

I figured I'd explain how I use my Dropbox account for those of you who maybe just don't get it. Or think like I did... One folder I can access anywhere.... big deal....

I originally started used it in conjunction with Google Music. Google Music has an agent which runs on your desktop. You specify a location and the agent monitors it. Any music it finds gets uploaded to Google Music and added to your Library.

Ok, so as you can expect, I set it to monitor my Dropbox folder.

Why is that so awesome? you ask....

Well, with Dropbox on my phone (iPhone at the time, I now have an Android and I still use this method) I could download a song on my phone to the Dropbox folder... Dropbox would then sync up to my home PC, and the Google Agent on my home PC would see the song, then upload it to my Library on Google Music.

I used it specifically for that for probably a year... that was it. That was my awesome use of Dropbox. Well about a year ago, I read an article on Gizmodo or Lifehacker or some other Gawker blog about one of the writers accounts getting hacked. His Twitter, his Gmail, his iTunes, everything... the hackers were able to reomtely wipe his Macbook. and deleted all of his gmail mail....

That got me thinking... if some asshole wiped out my Gmail, Id lose a ton of stuff I really need. Sure, I should back it up in triplicate, and keep a copy in a remote location, yes... we all know thats how its SUPPOSED to be done, but no one does that.

Anyways, I signed up for Google two-step authentication. After logging into Gmail, I then have to bring up an app on my phone which gives me a random code i have to enter. I thought, YES.... im good.

Then I got an email from some random website I used back in like 1974, saying my password may have been compromised. Who cares I thought, but then I was like, wait - I use the same password for everything.....

So I found an app called KeyPassDroid... Remember Im on an Android phone now. It basically is a password locker. You can also have it generate 40, 128, 256 hex key random passwords for you if you like....

So that's what I did. I went to all the websites I use that I really can't afford to have some jerk delete all the content from, and let KeyPassDroid pick me some kick ass 32 character randomly generated password.

So how does that fit in with DropBox? Well I keep the KeyPass database file in my Dropbox folder. So if I'm at home, I use the desktop version, If Im out, I just bring it up on my phone. All my super-duper secure passwords are there. Copy from the app on my phone to the website form, and voila....

So yeah, my use of Dropbox is pretty limited and i'm definitely not a Dropbox power user, but thats what I use it for. As of this writing I have 1.59KB of data in it.

Dropbox sent me an email this morning telling me since I use it with a Samsung device they were giving me an additional 48GB of space, bringing my space up to 50GB. I'll never use it for the uses Im using Dropbox for, but I thought it was a nice gesture. Wierd how I've had this Samsung device for over a year and just now got the email, but who am I to question the Dropbox email marketing team.

Anyway, that got me wondering who in the world would ever need 50GB of Dropbox space...

Maybe I just don't get it.....