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Storage provider Dropbox is the preferred cloud solution for many of us. The deal just got sweeter with the new Dropbox Pro plan, which gives 1TB of storage space and adds security features, all for $9.99 per month or $99 per year.

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The Difference Between Free and Pro

In the free account, Dropbox gives 2GB of space, but there are ways to get more free space How To Get The Most Free Space On Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive & More - The Complete Guide How To Get The Most Free Space On Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive & More - The Complete Guide Cloud storage services offer a minimum amount of free space to everyone who signs up, but you can often get more. You can upgrade your cloud drive with gigabytes and gigabytes of free space in... Read More . Still, nothing will get you to 1TB apart from the Pro plan. There are three features worth talking about in the new upgrade, but here’s a quick list of everything that separates free accounts from pro:

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Get 1TB of Storage (But That’s Not Reason Enough)

A terabyte is a lot of storage space Memory Sizes Explained - Gigabytes, Terabytes & Petabytes in Layman's Terms Memory Sizes Explained - Gigabytes, Terabytes & Petabytes in Layman's Terms It’s easy to see that 500 gigabytes is more than 100 gigabytes. It’s also easy to see that 1 terabyte is larger than 1 gigabyte and that is larger than 1 megabyte. But these are... Read More on the cloud. Here’s some perspective:

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Still, this isn’t the best deal if storage space was the only reason you were thinking of upgrading to Dropbox Pro. And no, the better option isn’t Google Drive, although that’s priced similarly at $9.99 per month for 1TB. The best option is Microsoft’s OneDrive, which gives 1TB for $6.50 per month in the Business plan and throws in the Office 365 suite. As we have already mentioned, Office Online is a fantastic work suite Don't Pay For Word! 5 Reasons You Should Use Office Online Don't Pay For Word! 5 Reasons You Should Use Office Online Office Online is the free and cloud-connected version of Microsoft Office. Limitations are compensated by features, useful even to users of desktop Office. Best of all is its Read More that you should be using.

Despite this, there is one argument to be made for Dropbox’s storage. Cloud storage works great to sync folders with your colleagues, friends or family. If most of your social circle is using Dropbox, the money you save on OneDrive probably isn’t worth it for the convenience of that synced folder.

Just in case you’re wondering what you’ll do with 1TB of storage space, there are some creative uses you probably haven’t thought of Top 10 Creative Uses For Dropbox Or Other Cloud Storage Top 10 Creative Uses For Dropbox Or Other Cloud Storage The agility, flexibility, and low-cost scale ups turn cloud storage options into more than an online vault to back up your documents and files. But cloud storage is more than these important but mundane uses.... Read More .

Protect Your Files With Passwords and Permissions

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Sharing files from Dropbox is awesome, but you don’t want anyone to be able to download those confidential work documents if they have a link. Dropbox Pro fixes that by letting you lock files with a password.

On top of this, just to be on the safe side, you can also add an expiration date for the file’s link. So in case that password gets out later, your file is still safe because the link no longer works. And yes, you can change the expiration date after setting it.

Finally, in case you want someone to see a file you are working on without being able to edit or delete it, you can now set “View-only” permissions. View-only permissions enables members of a shared folder to always see the latest versions of the files without having the ability to edit them.

However, there still isn’t a way to encrypt your Dropbox files Encrypt Your Dropbox Files With BoxCryptor Encrypt Your Dropbox Files With BoxCryptor Dropbox is a great service, but its security track record is nothing to be proud of. We’ve previously written about encrypted alternatives to Dropbox, but let’s be honest -- Dropbox stands out among cloud storage... Read More apart from BoxCryptor or other third-party solutions.

Remote Wipe Your Dropbox Folders

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If you forgot your device somewhere or if an unwanted person has access to your Dropbox, you would want to keep your data out of the wrong hands. Dropbox Pro now lets you remotely wipe out files and folders. Here’s what it does, according to Dropbox:

Once you unlink a device and select the remote wipe option, the device will immediately stop syncing. Dropbox will attempt to delete the entire Dropbox folder whenever the device is online and the Dropbox application is running. Remote wipe always applies when you unlink mobile devices and is optional when you unlinÍk computers.

Are You Getting Dropbox Pro?

These new features in Dropbox Pro are quite cool and with a price to match. But is it enough to make you pay $9.99 per month? We want to know, so whether yes or no, tell us why in the comments.

Image Credits: Ian Lamont, Dropbox

  1. Richard Steven Hack
    August 30, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Now if someone will only explain how to get 1TB of data up TO DropBox in something less than several years at 300Kbps upload speed... :-) Of course one will eventually succeed in doing this incrementally over several years, but the immediate benefit of paying for that space when you will never USE that much space eludes me...

    So the smart move is to pay for the minimum space you need NOW that you can actually LOAD NOW and upgrade later when you run out of space.

  2. Olden Grey
    August 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Or, for the same $9.99 a month, you can subscribe to MS Office 365 and get up to 5TB of storage (1TB per account, max 5 accounts on one subscription) on OneDrive. Your choice.

  3. MrX
    August 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Great, now give us client based encryption. I don't see why I should shell out money if I can't trust dropbox. No matter how much they claim that their privacy policy is enforced, I don't trust them. Only way to win me over as a paying customer is to provide an easy way to do client based encryption. For now ill just use the 50GB I got with my Galaxy S4 and avoid putting anything personal on there.

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