Solo Tip Tuesday: Sync Your Files Online

by Sara Crocker on January 10, 2012

Dropbox, SugarSync, Wuala, and SpiderOak are terms you might be hearing around the water cooler or in the courthouse halls. If you haven’t a clue what these terms refer to, it is online data synchronization. Online data synchronization services provide access to your files whenever you need them, regardless of your location, if you have access to the Internet. You also can use these services to easily share documents and data with clients, co-counsel, family members, and others. If you are still at a loss, Dropbox has a three minute video clip that explains the service. Watch the clip here. Most of these services offer free storage for up to 2 GB of data. The cost of increasing storage varies with each service but is reasonable.

The four listed services protect data using encryption. Some encrypt at their server level, others encrypt at your desktop level. If you are going to use one of these applications for secure client data, be sure you understand who holds the encryption key. Spend some time exploring the options because to get started costs you nothing, and the potential for increased efficiency may be worth the effort! Today’s tip came from the State Bar of Michigan.

You can see this tip and others, on topics ranging from Outlook and Word help to App reviews and online tools, all here.

Longtime readers of the Colorado Bar Association’s C-Brief, its weekly eNewsletter, know each week there is a tip from Law Practice Management Director Reba Nance. Those tips are moving beyond the newsletter and now have a permanent home within the Practice Management section of CBA’s website. We’ll share some of the best tips each week here as Solo Tip Tuesday.

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