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A simple way to privately share photos and files

A simple way to privately share photos and files

I know at some point you've shared a collection of photos with your family - a vacation, birthday party, whatever. And I'm betting you just put them up on Facebook.

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Even with the right privacy settings, though, Facebook might be a bit too public. Plus, not everyone uses Facebook - I know it's shocking, but it's true.

You might have tried email next but run into pesky email attachment size limits. Besides, sending large photos through email is slow and fills up everyone's inbox, so I don't recommend it.

Instead, try a cloud sharing service like Dropbox. It lets you easily sync files to your multiple gadgets, or share files with others. It's as easy as sending a link, and they can access what's in the folder. It's perfect for collaborating on projects and sharing large photo albums.

You can sign up for a free account to get two gigabytes of storage, which will store a moderate amount of photos. If you refer friends and they sign up you earn more space.

If you want more space and don't want to refer friends, then you can upgrade to a Pro account to get 100GB a month for just $10. That much space will hold over 20,000 photos -- I think that would give even my photo collection enough space.

To sync your gadgets, just download the Dropbox app to your tablet or smartphone and get the Dropbox program on your laptop and desktop. Put any files you want to sync into the Dropbox folder on your desktop and it will appear everywhere.

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