Some of my most precious memories are stored in my computer. How can I keep digital photos and important files safe?  How can I share them with friends and family?  How can I access them if I’m not on my own computer?  Can the computer at my desk, my laptop and my iPad all share files from the same source?

Dropbox is the solution.  I have installed it on all of my computers.  I can drag and drop any file into the Dropbox folder on my ‘Desktop’.  It works and acts like a shared hard drive.  When I add a file to Dropbox on one computer, the others automatically (magically) update with the new file.

I can share selected folders or files with friends and family.  My files can be viewed only by people I invite.  Now, our whole family has access to our family photos.

One of the best reasons to use Dropbox is that you can access your files from any computer, anytime.  Whether you’re traveling and using a hotel computer, or you’ve just purchased a new computer – your files are waiting for you somewhere up in the clouds at

Try Dropbox for free for the first 2GB.  Pay $9.99 a month for 50 GB or $19.99 a month for 100GB.  There are discounts for annual subscriptions.

Google and Apple have their own storage alternatives.  In Google docs you can upload files from other programs for storage and shared availability.  Apple has iCloud.  We will let you investigate these on your own since neither of us are familiar with them.

Want more information on Dropbox?  Read the New York Times Article.