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Dropbox and the Cloud

July 1, 2011

Happy Friday! I hope you are having a lovely day, dear readers. Today I’m going to share some great links to secure your Dropbox account. These would be great to share with your patrons as more and more people are going to cloud storage. Dropbox is great. Being able to use Dropbox and still have your files secure is better.

We’ve all heard about Dropbox accounts being unlocked for 4 hours, right? And if that isn’t enough to make you want to use encrypted zip file to secure files in Dropbox, I don’t know what will. I love cloud storage and being able to collaborate via the cloud, but I don’t like the thought of my data being unsecured. So take a break from the backyard barbecue this weekend and secure your data.

Lifehacker has had a ton of good articles about security and Dropbox including how to add a second layer of encryption. (Have you sensed an encryption theme in today’s post?) Once you’ve secured your data, you might want to also check out the article on how to free up disk space by deleting files in the hidden Dropbox cache folder. More disk space is handy.

Also, as we go forth into the cloud, you should check out Gizmodo’s article on bandwidth caps around the world. This may become an even bigger issue as more and more people start uploading their data to the cloud and streaming media from the cloud. If nothing else, it will give you something to talk about during your barbecue this weekend.

And while not technically about the cloud and Dropbox, AccountKiller is something you may want to check out if you need help deleting some of your unused accounts online.

Now for the Friday fun bits. If you are in the United States, today marks the start of the long 4th of July weekend. For those hosting/going to a barbecue, you may want to check out Joy the Baker’s bourbon orange coriander barbecue sauce. Also, you should really try strawberry balsamic flatbread. It’s delicious.

Finally, for a work break to make you smile. Check out this lovely Tangled video by Seduff. I just finally saw this movie on my birthday and loved it. Now I feel like I need a coloring changing chameleon from ThinkGeek.

Have a lovely rest of your day, a fabulous (relaxing) weekend, and I’ll be back next week with more tech, library, and archives tips and news. Allons-y!

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