Dropbox cloud storage security question

itsonlysmellz

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I run a business and have been trying to find the best way to backup files (mostly financial spreadsheets) automatically in case my HDD was ever to die or similar situation.

I currently store all my files directly in my local Dropbox folder where I work from. Is there any way I could unknowingly delete my files by accident? I've read horror stories of users doing this with Google Drive where the files in your local Google Drive folder are actually "pointers" and not actual files, so if you were to paste it on your desktop you'd lose your files but this doesnt seem to the be the case with Dropbox from what I can understand.

In summary, is there any way I could screw myself and lose my files using Dropbox that I should be told about?
 

SBMfromLA

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Yes..

If you delete a file by accident on your local computer... it flagged for deletion on Dropbox and is held in that state for 30 days. Then after that, it will be permanently deleted. So to answer your question it IS POSSIBLE to accidentally delete something. Your best bet would be to manually create copies into another folder every once in a while.

Source:

https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/115
 

SBMfromLA

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Yes..

If you delete a file by accident on your local computer... it flagged for deletion on Dropbox and is held in that state for 30 days. Then after that, it will be permanently deleted. So to answer your question it IS POSSIBLE to accidentally delete something. Your best bet would be to manually create copies into another folder every once in a while.

Source:

https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/115
 
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